Delacy Creek Trail to Shoshone Lake is a 28.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
28.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2,736 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

paddle sports

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

rocky

no dogs

Directions from The West Thumb Junction: Travel 8.8 miles east to the trailhead sign at DeLacy Creek.

backpacking
2 months ago

This beautiful trail is approximately 29.5 miles long. I backpacked this trail over 6 days in a group that included several kids between the ages of 12-14. The difficulty was perfect as it challenged them but did not kill them. We stayed two nights at one of the campsites.

The trail offers dense pine forests, rocky beaches, massive meadows, wildflowers, vistas, geothermal features, swamps, and many rivers and streams. The trail has many ups and downs as far as altitude goes, it was much less flat than I expected. There are about a dozen different campsites (reservations required) along the trail. Each site offers an uncovered pit toilet with a spectacular view so you can enjoy the scenery and take care of business at the same time.

We were informed that there are bears in the area. We did see a lot of bear sign, but never did see any bears or any large game of any kind. I was surprised at how many wild berries we found growing near the trail including wild blueberries, wild raspberries, and whortleberries. There is one section of trail, approximately a quarter of a mile long to the east of the geyser basin, where the trail passes through a knee-deep muddy swamp. We attempted to pass through in flip-flops, but the mud sucked them off and caused the straps to tear. We found it easier to pass through barefoot.

We did the hike in mid-August and went counter-clockwise. The mosquitoes were terrible in some areas and almost non-existent in others. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

backpacking
4 months ago

Only did a partial hike (about 12 miles to the west side of Shoshone Lake). It was absolutely beautiful and I would definitely do it again. The only downsides would be a few water crossings and the mosquitoes were voracious.

hiking
4 months ago

An easy hike into the lake, beautiful views once you arrive

4 months ago

great trail with minimal elevation. we just hiked to the lake and back and clocked 6.4 miles. great views along the way as you walk through a pine Forest. slightly muddy but no water crossings. plenty of wildflowers

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2011

Not a demanding trail but has an amazing pay off with Shoshone Lake (the largest backcountry lake in the US) half way. Make sure to bring a picnic lunch and spend some time explore the lake area.

hiking
Monday, May 23, 2011

Incredible view of Mt. Sheridan from the west side of the lake. Tough hike back up to the road along Delacy Creek early in the season due to snow accumulation.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
Saturday, June 25, 2016

walking
Thursday, September 06, 2012