Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop Trail

EASY 36 reviews
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Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
406 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

We started the trail from Wapiti Lake Trail head since the parking lot and part of the trail near Henry’s Trail is closed for renovations. It’s was an easy hike to Clear Lake which was stunningly beautiful, definitely worth seeing. You can continue to Lilly Pad Lake and or Ribbon Lake but the scenery wasn’t as nice past Clear Lake. We ended up turning around before Lilly Pad Lake.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, great views all the way to the top where Artist Point is. There were even artists painting up at the top. Our original plan was to take the Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point but that trail was closed. This trail had the opposite point of view from inspiration point, you could see inspiration point on the other side! Very happy we chose to do this hike since we couldn’t do the other. Don’t miss out on this hike! Highly recommended.

hiking
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Like another reviewer mentioned, this trail covers pretty much all of the features Yellowstone is famous for in this relatively short and easy hike. We saw lakes, meadows, forest, geothermal activity, and stunning views of the canyon all within less than 4 miles. Would highly recommend!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice short trail that gives you views of the canyon and a small lake to relax at. There is also some geothermal activity along the trail that you can view up close. Not a must do trail in Yellowstone but certainly not disappointing.

3 months ago

We hiked the clear lake trail to sublime point, then to artist point. Clear lake is a wonderful trail. I didn't know what to expect, but was wowed by it. The trail covers almost every geological feature that makes Yellowstone so special. The trail encompasses beautiful flowered meadows, scenic vistas, colorful lakes at clear lake and lily pad lake, and then hydrothermal features. The trail then leads to the south rim with incredible views of the canyon. This was a stunning hike. One major benefit is avoiding the parking lot at artist point since the trail starts from the wapiti lot. Be aware, though, since the south rim and uncle tom's trails are closed that the only way back to the parking lot is either back the way you came, or down the road.

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3 months ago

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

Spectacular views.

hiking
4 months ago

This hike was a great excursion away from the crowds at Artists Point. Keep in mind that the origin of the trail head is closed. You'll have to enter from the Ribbon Lake trail head at the back of Artist's Point. Overall the hike is easy and the views are fantastic. However, it is extremely buggy and the mosquitos will come after you. I suggest lots of bug spray to keep them at bay. Also were able to see wildlife in the distance on the trail as well.

hiking
4 months ago

A lovely escape from the crowds of Yellowstone. We thoroughly enjoyed this trail. Right off the bat, we saw lots of wildlife from a distance! We hiked in mid-June and had some muddy conditions through the valley and some mosquitos near the lake, but such a beautiful trail to the always popular Artist Point. Wear bug spray and you'll be fine and LOVE IT!

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

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4 months ago

Ditto on the construction. Had to finish on road but interesting hike. You experience lots of different scenery along the way. Saw two bison in meadow area pretty close to trail. Views in canyon were breathtaking!! Left from Wapiti Lake parking area. Bring water and sunscreen. Took us 2-1/2 hours.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great trail at the beginning but the end of the loop is closed due to construction and we had to finish with one mile on the road.

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hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

There's a little bit of everything Yellowstone has to offer on this mellow loop trail - meadows, geothermal activity, ponds, canyon, waterfalls, river... Added on Uncle Tom's trail, several reading breaks, and a couple offshoots to bring this up to 5 miles in 2 hours.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Going counter-clockwise, we learned that Clear Lake isn't very clear right now. But the view when you loop back onto the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone makes it worth while. Much less crowded than the South Rim trail.

hiking
Friday, September 02, 2016

Started from Wapati parking lot then went to clear lake through some great meadows. Didn't see any bears. Then into the forest through some neat landscape and mud pots and vents. Then to sublime point artist point through a little rain storm and thunder. Then along south rim trail back to Wapati.