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Delacy Creek Trail to Shoshone Lake

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Yellowstone National Park

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 moderate. 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










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no dogs

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

1 day ago

Hiked all the way around (28.3 miles). Mosquitos are virtually unbearable and the back few miles of the trail near the geyser basin are flooded and have become a muddy swamp that is impossible to cross without going ankle deep in thick mud. The elevation changes may seem minimal on the map but feel extremely uncomfortable. The lake is beautiful and personally I would recommend just day hiking the Delacy creek trail out and back (6 miles).

7 months ago

We only hiked about half way around the lake in late August. The trail travels thru forested areas and open meadows. We saw on large black bear running full speed across the meadow and up into the tree line before we even reached the lake. Head counterclockwise around the lake back thru dense forested areas, and eventually opening back up to views of the lake. Camped at DR2 a beautiful large site with amazing views of sunset and sunrise over the lake. Small path down to the shore to the lake to filter water. A pit latrine a distance from the campsite.

Mon Jun 17 2019

Superbe randonnée, très facile, sur un sentier qui alterne passages en forêts et en bordure de meadows. Très beaux paysages. Arrivée au lac Shoshone. Sentier qui peut parfois être boueux en raison de la proximité des cours d’eau.

Mon Aug 20 2018

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.

Tue Jul 10 2018

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.

Fri Jul 06 2018

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

Tue Jun 19 2018

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

Mon Jun 29 2015

I love the destination of this hike (at least on this trip): Shoshone Geyser Basin. However this approach to the area is overly long and less interesting when compared to the Lone Star Trail approach.

Sat Nov 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.

Mon 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.

Thu Mar 07 2019

Thu Sep 06 2012