Duck Lake Trail

MODERATE 4 reviews
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Duck Lake Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October.

0.9 miles 173 feet Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


no dogs

Directions from Lake Overlook trailhead: Cross the lot and the trail begins in West Thumb Geyser Basin parking area.

2 years ago

If you are tired of smelling sulphur and just need an hour hike while in the West Thumb Geyser Basin area, then head toward the north end parking lot and cross the street to find the Duck Lake Trailhead. You are quickly surrounded by dense young pines so you might want to make some noise along the trail. I was solo so more precaucious. Those signs about hiking in 3's kinda gets your attention. Did not see any wildlife (probably cause I was so noisy) but quickly made it down to Duck Lake. Nice quiet solemn lake. Can see the main highway up above so you are never too far from the masses. Because of the denseness, there is not much to see until you get to the lake. Regardless, a nice quick short hike.

2 years ago

Hike goes thru new growth forest to small lake. Near road so u can hear traffic.

2 years ago

Easy little hike over the hill that takes you to the lake. People will be parked on the other side where the road is taking picture of Yellowstone lake , but it's still a nice little spot. When you cross the power lines, go off trail a bit and up the hill for some great views of both lakes.

6 years ago

One time, when hiking back out to the trailhead, I saw grizzly tracks on top of the hiking boot tracks I'd made on the way in. After that I didn't hike it along again.