Cascade Lake Trail

MODERATE 16 reviews
#59 of 200 trails in

Cascade Lake Trail is a 4.4 mile moderately 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 May until September.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
183 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

washed out

no dogs

Directions from Canyon Junction: Travel 1.5 miles north on the Tower-Canyon Road to Cascade Lake Picnic Area.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

fly fishing
3 months ago

The hike and the drive are worth it to cast to hungry trout and grayling that don't get much pressure. Catch and release! Fly only

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

The trail is a nice, easy walk to a lake. Most of the trail is through open meadows. We hiked it late in the day and it was windy so walking through meadows was not too hot. You'll see many beautiful wild flowers if hiking this trail in August. The lake is just okay. Don't hike this if you're goal is to see a fantastic lake.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

hiking
Thursday, May 26, 2016

This trail is beautiful and presents diverse views of forest and meadow. But it is very wet in the spring or after a heavy rain - and we were forced to go off-trail much of the time diverting to nearby higher ground or walk on the marsh grasses to avoid sinking into wet ground.
The area was so wet that we were unable to get as near to the lake as we wanted. Make sure to wear water-repellent footwear, and tie those laces tight. The mud does its best to suck the shoe right off your foot.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The trail itself is beautiful. you wander alternatively through wooded areas and through open meadow. with the exception of two things, this would have been a relaxing easy 6 mile hike. the exceptions: In early spring, much of the trail and the surrounding ground is so wet, you are constantly in danger of losing your hiking boots to sucking mud. second, if you park near the trailhead and follow the markers back, you are just as likely to end up in a picnic area as the parking lot. So when you think you're almost back to your car at the trailhead and you come to a fork marking two trails, choose the trail to the right which does not have the orange trail markers pinned to the trees.

hiking
Sunday, September 13, 2015

hiking
Thursday, August 13, 2015

hiking
Friday, October 24, 2014

walking
Friday, May 31, 2013

fishing
Monday, February 18, 2013

On several visits, I've enjoyed wetting my fishing line at lovely Cascade Lake. One time I reeled in a rare grayling! Located further down the trail is another beautiful mountain lake called Grebe, which also has its own access trail. Whichever route you choose, the trail through Yellowstone's Solfatara Plateau abounds in scenic splendor with expansive vibrant meadow bordered by stands of pines. Good grizzly habitat. Stay alert!

walking
Thursday, June 28, 2012

hiking
Sunday, May 13, 2012