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Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop Trail

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Yellowstone National Park

Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 423 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Hiking Forest Lake Hot springs River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs Muddy No dogs
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The trail begins near Upper Falls and heads east along the canyon. The first quarter of the trail is strenuous, with multiple steep inclines and declines. Near Artist's Point it starts to level out a bit, and once you turn away from the canyon heading south, it is a fairly level and easy hike from there. The southern half of the loop passes through two lakes and many thermal areas. Please do not leave the trail and also keep an eye out for any thermal features that may have developed inside the trail. Clear Lake contains hidden thermal features, please do not enter the water. Be sure to carry bear spray, as this is an area frequented by grizzly bears.

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Michael Brandon
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Sid Jain
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Krista Jensen
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GPS end point it a little off. trail terminus is at campsite 2. Great variety of scenery, woods, fields, thermal features, and finishes with views of yellowstone river and Grand Canyon if done counterclockwise.

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James Dupuis
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Nick Wilson
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HikingGreat!

Would highly recommend this trail to see much of what Yellowstone has to offer on just one trail.

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Sergi Pereira
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Great views of the canyon and the waterfall. Like many others, this “hike” is more a sightseeing thing

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Anne Syvarth
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Awesome readers digest condensed version of the area - mid pots, , little lakes, spectacular views of the canyon and falls. Trail excellently maintained. Easy most of the way with a few steep parts that are very manageable. I liked starting at Uncle Tom’s parking lot and going counterclockwise- that left the spectacular falls views for the Big Bang at the end! Highly recommend this short loop.

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jim clark
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Chelsea Burke
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Highly recommend! Parked at uncle toms trailhead parking lot and picked up the trail out the back of the lot - so many different landscapes on the way up to the canyon! Hot spring fields, beautiful lake, lush forests. We didn’t see a single person until we got to the trail that connects to artist point on the left and sublime point a mile to the right - we did both and got some amazing views. Cut through the parking lot at artist point to pick up the south rim trail back to the parking area.

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Kari Siegenthaler
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Ribbon Lake was beautiful - serene, peaceful, and not a soul around. There were a ton of warnings about bears and the ranger told us to make sure we had bear spray, but we didn’t see anything. The trail is rated moderately easy- and most of it was but there are certain areas where it is pretty strenuous up and down, so be prepared for that.

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prasanna venkatesh
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Kelsey Brice
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This was our first hike at Yellowstone and what a way to start off! We parked at Uncle Toms trail head to start the loop. The Canyon was beautiful but the look outs were a bit crowded so get there early and please social distance! We passed Lily Pad lake then continued to Clear Lake. On the way we stumbled upon a lot of thermal areas and hot springs! It felt like we had walked into the Jurassic era :) Clear Lake was so beautiful despite the rain showers. Would absolutely recommend this trail!

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Kristi Guyette
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Awesome hike with so many different environments. Meadows, hydrothermal fields, to canyons and beautiful waterfall!! We went backwards on the trail as marked. Started at Uncle toms and went to clear lake first. Clear lake is beautiful with green-blue water. A nice little beach to rest on. Then on to hydrothermal fields with a lovely sulfur smells to go with it. Then to Lilly pad lake where I accidentally stopped my recording of this hike and restarted. From here on to the canyons! Oh my goodness what incredible views!! Not for the faint or ones afraid of heights. At times I was a little on edge as my family of 2 teenagers wanted to capture the cool photos!! No guard rails along this section. Use extreme caution!! But so worth the views!! Along the artist point beautiful views of a 300 ft waterfall dumping into the Yellowstone River. Stunning and massive. A little up hill incline at this point going the direction we went. Then back to the parking lot at Uncle Toms! A must do hike in Yellowstone. Lots of families were seen on the trails with younger kids. Just be careful along the canyons.

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Joseph Prete
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short and easy hike with multiple excellent views of the falls & the canyon. saw 1 bison at the parking lot.

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Ben Laliberte
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Beautiful trail along the south rim. Only a bit crowded at the main observation points. Go early before 9. Back part of the loop was just ok. Saw a lone bison near the parking lot!

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Justin Racklin
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This is an amazing hike and should be tops for any avid hiker. It hits on so many dimensions...beautiful views on the canyon rim, beautiful lakes, hot springs, meadows and more and of course water fall views. We did this hike with a 5 and 7 year old so very doable. Its about 5-6 miles. AllTrails showing 3.8 m is not accurate.

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Janice Carpenter
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I liked the trail. Beautiful views of the falls. If you walk fast in between lookouts, there’s a workout there. It was getting dark so we turned back before artist’s point and drove up. Turned out it wasn’t that much further, but completely worth going up! Not to miss trail.

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Austin Baker
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An amazing hike. You see so much for it being somewhat smaller. Waterfalls, canyon, hydrothermal features, lakes, and meadow areas. Our only downfall is we didn’t see an elk/moose like we had wanted.

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Alison Palumbo
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Absolutely amazing trail. So many picturesque spots. Do be careful about signage. I started from Clear Lake and accidentally turned right at the Ribbon Lake trailhead. Took me a bit to realize the error. There is no 4G in Yellowstone so I think I’ll invest in AllTrails Pro just to get the offline trail maps. Anywho, happy hiking!

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Bela Szabadi
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Mitchell Blom
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Views flowers bison. Will edit later.

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Angelina Pius
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Hiked 8/4 around 6:30p. Realllyyy beautiful with the late afternoon sun. Definitely the best sub 4mile hike in the park in my opinion! A couple switchbacks at the beginning and a gentle incline at some points through out but overall a moderately easy hike with superb views! Saw two elk a couple yards off the trail near Clear Lake. Definitely a well traveled trail, but bring bear spray and be bear aware.

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erika linenfelser
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We really loved this trail. The views of the canyon are stunning as you hike north from the parking lot towards Artist Point. The landscape then varies from forests, meadows, ponds and open areas. We saw a buffalo grazing in a meadow towards the end of the trail. Bring bear spray as we heard some loud rumblings in the forest though!

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Courtney Ploeger
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Amazing This was our last hike for our trip to Yellowstone and it pretty much sums it all up- it was kind of a compilation of every kind of landscape that Yellowstone has to offer...Such a beautiful hike. We didn’t see any animals on this hike, but the scenery was enough! Be sure and check this out if you’re looking for a fun hike to do while you’re here. (FYI- mileage for south rim trail to artist’s point to clear lake is more like 4 miles, not 3.4)

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Adam Hardie
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Stacy Corbin
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This was one of the first hikes we did and it was a nice overview of the park. There are a lot of bugs so come prepared. We did this late morning and did not see any animals. Someone recommended clockwise, it's easier to find the trial that way, but I would suggest the other way if you want to be walking towards the waterfall at then end of the hike (kind of a climax to the whole thing). There are beautiful wildflowers that I enjoyed as well as geothermic features.

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KRIS D
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Fantastic. Best little hike in the park! Do this one clockwise. Make sure to check out "upper falls view" before or after. Add uncle toms trail if it's open (it is currently closed for restoration). You will need bug spray on the lake/meadow side of this one.

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Andrew Schlichting
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My second favorite hike in Yellowstone (behind Union Falls). Stunning views of the canyon and Clear Lake is really beautiful. It was 4.03 miles roundtrip for us and I believe we were on the correct trail the entire time so I think the distance is a bit off above. But it was well worth it. The trail is in good condition with good footing most everywhere. There are some steep parts, particularly around the South Rim. One of the best parts about it was once we turned away from the rim towards Lilly Pad Lake and Clear Lake, we ran into only a couple of people. It was a great escape from the crowds. The landscape back there is a nice variety too. Some forests, thermal pools and vents, and prairies. I recommend doing this one in the afternoon as the sun really shows the canyon's colors well.

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Kathy & Jon Boegl
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• Arrived 10:00am • Sunny 60* • Parking Lot Nearly Full • Crowded first stretch of trail from Upper Falls to Artist Point • Some treacherous exposed edges open to shear cliffs (nervous for families w children) • Astounding views of the falls and the long yellow canyon • Past Artist Point the hike becomes much more secluded - equally attractive • Some steep climbs and switchbacks out of Artist Point • Thermal pools, open meadows w wild-flowers, Lilly Pad Lake and Clear Lake are too beautiful to miss • Spotted just one bison • The trail was enchanting on so many levels - very well worth hiking the whole circle. • There are many trail options in this area. Although there are numerous posted maps, you might want to have your own route downloaded on your phone, or printed out.

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Jason Davis
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Loop from Artist Point down to Lily Pad Lake and Clear Lake was open today. Great hike full of surprises. Lots of bear, elk, and coyote signs.

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