Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop via Wapiti Lake Trailhead

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Yellowstone National Park

Clear Lake Artist's Point Loop via Wapiti Lake Trailhead is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Length4.6 miElevation gain400 ftRoute typeLoop
kid friendlyHikingForestLakeHot springsRiverViewsWaterfallWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Yellowstone closes trails annually to reduce encounters between bears and humans during certain times of the year. See here for bear closure info: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/bearclosures.htm Additionally, roads in Yellowstone are closed annually during winter. Before you head out, see Park road closures here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm Yellowstone National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Beautiful hike through meadows and forest, past lakes, and then past the South Rim overlooking the canyon and then finally to Artist's Point. Don't turn around and head back. Instead, walk along the road back to the Wapiti Trailhead. The walk along the road is not difficult, and it creates a nice loop for the entire trail.

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Jeff Hartman
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A great little leg stretching loop when paired with the South Rim trail and Uncle Tom's trail (which was unfortunately closed when we visited in October 2020). As others mentioned, avoid taking the road route. I've done this hike a few times and recommend the side trip to Ribbon Lake is worth the extra few miles; if you've seen Silver Cord Cascade (1,200' and Yellowstone's tallest falls) from the north side of the canyon, it actually comes directly from Ribbon Lake.

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Brian Anderson
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I really enjoyed this trail, as it offers a variety of landscapes. If time and distance permits, I’d recommend following the rim of the river to avoid the section of highway!

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Patrick&Brandi James
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great hike , don't take the road route, stick to the south rim trail - much better that way. the overlooks can be crowded , but it thins out quickly away from the tourist packs

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Jeff Ward
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Five star route IF you replace the road section with South Rim Trail. Clear Lake Trail was almost empty, South Rim Trail was busy and Artist's Point was very crowded. Clear Lake Trail started in a grassland that held several Swanson's Hawks and a falcon, then entered a woodland full of songbirds. After Clear Lake we passed several geothermal features on the way to Lily Pad Lake. Once we turned onto South Rim Trails, there were constant great views of the canyon and river, and occasional vistas showcasing the waterfalls.

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Kell B
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V Lynn
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Went in late August and got to the trailhead by 7am. We extended the loop by doing the South Rim and adding on Ribbon Lake. One of my favorite hikes in the park! As someone used to hiking at altitude, I would rate this trail as easy. We started at South Rim, which starts at the bridge near Wapiti Trailhead parking lot, and saw no one until Artist's Point. From Artist's Point to Ribbon Lake is wooded. To see Ribbon Lake, you have to follow the trail to the camping area. We found it to be totally still, peaceful, with loads of dragon flies and ducks sitting on lily pads. On the way to Clear Lake, the trail becomes less wooded, more populated, and has more geothermal features. Clear Lake itself seems more geothermal, with nothing alive nearby. The final leg (Wapiti) changes to grassland, and we watched a golden eagle hunt.

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Levi Graves
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Very nice trail. We got here early so hardly a crowd! Great views! Added Tom’s Trail and South rim to the car. Well worth it!!

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Serge Dubrouski
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Really nice 3/4 of this hike. The last quarter or so along the highway is horrible. If I go next time I will replace it with the South Rim trail which will add another half mile or so but will make a whole route much more enjoyable.

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Abby Mikkelsen
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Kevin Aaron
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wet and muddy in the beginning but gets better once you hit the forest. instead of taking the road, loop around through uncle tom for good views

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Alger Moore
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Did the loop. Easy hike thru a meadow, then thermal area to the canyon. Gorgeous views of the canyon. Came back via the road which we didn’t love, but it took us by Uncle Toms point where we got a close up view of a bison and a great view of the waterfall so it was worth it.

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Ean Bauer
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Very enjoyable. Contrast from start to finish. Bison laying about 5 feet off trail. Antelope near by. Mud pots scattered. Eventually leads to the canyon as well as the falls. Easy hike. With lot of different settings.

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Fiji Dave
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Awesome trail! Merged/picked up Canyon Rim South trail back to parking lot. Mud pots, lakes, stellar views of the canyon and both upper and lower falls.

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Olivia DuPree
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This trail was an excellent alternative to the more popular/crowded Uncle Tom’s trail. It gives you a little bit of everything- fields, mud pots, lakes forest, and of course a great view of the canyon. We missed the turn for the canyon and accident continued on to Ribbon Lake. DO NOT make the same mistake! That 1 mile detour was very buggy and not fun. We did this hike on our first day in Yellowstone and it was the perfect way to get a taste of the geological marvels without the crowds. 10/10 recommend....just make sure to not miss any turns! Get to the parking lot before noon for best experience and bring bug spray!

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Robie Tyler
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Loved this hike! Really does cover everything. We saw only bison as well but he was following us up the trail so that made us move quicker at the beginning for sure! Could just do the clear lake trail from uncle toms but then you would miss a nice view of Hayden valley - really was amazing to see how vast it is! More up and down than we anticipated so felt a little longer than it was but was truly amazing - look for the gas bubbles coming Up into clear lake - it’s gorgeous! We hiked up from wapiti and then had a person who was not hiking take us back to the cars from artists point - might have been more downhill going the other way but not sure on that. Ended up being 2.6 miles just the one way and not hiking back to the car.

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Mark Huffman
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Did this one today. The return shows coming back via south rim road but we stick to the rim trail. We were hoping to see another grizzly on this trail as we have in the past but only bison this time. The only negative is they have closed off the last section of the south rim trail about 1/4 mile from the bridge. We ended up cutting back over the hill to catch the section of Clear Lake trail back to the parking lot.

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Ashley Ashley Clark
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The South Rim Trail was closed between the Wapiti parking lot and Uncle Tom's Point. We had to walk the road to get back to our vehicle that last little bit. Great hike though.

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Ruby Camp
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Currently very muddy- soaked my hiking shoes, and it was slightly hard to follow. Beautiful area, though.

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Kate Norton
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Sweeping meadow views, mud pots, forest lakes, canyons &waterfalls- great hike to get a taste of Yellowstone and avoid parking headache at Artists Point.

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Jeff Hartman
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Alesia Anderson
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Todd Gower
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Rich Voss
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Ellie Holst
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Mike Davis
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Alexandra L
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Dj Sasso
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Jerad Bales
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Chris Klues
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Becky Yoder
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