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Cascade Lake Trail to Observation Peak

MODERATE 14 reviews
#70 of 214 trails in

Cascade Lake Trail to Observation Peak is a 9.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
9.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,558 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike. First two miles to the lake are fairly flat. The last .25 to the lake is still pretty muddy but passable with hiking boots. Two miles in you hit the trail head to Observation Point....this is where you start to climb. Great views from the top!!! NOTE - Trail has no snow crossings anymore. The trail is very buggy...mosquitoes and biting flies. Bring bug spray!!! Only wildlife we saw was a marmot and a Bison in the distance. Happy Trailing!!!

Saturday, July 08, 2017

Grizzly bear on the trail made the hike even better.

backpacking
Friday, July 07, 2017

Wildflowers galore during July. Too many animals to name. We stepped off the trail for a big bull elk. Very windy at the top but the view was worth it.

hiking
Thursday, August 21, 2014

This was a fairly big day with Avalanche Peak in the morning (summit by 7:00 AM) and then Observation later on. The trail was really gentle to Cascade Lake and then a steady climb to the overlook on the peak. My camera battery died (lesson learned) about 3/4 the way up.

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