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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 bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 154 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Contact
Getting There

Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

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

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Karissa Huntsman
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Beautiful easy trail. We were the only ones on the trail and on the beach but be bear aware. We saw two grizzlies on our way out but fortunately they were 15 yards off the trail and not interested in us. Also saw 2 big elk. So just be careful!

Breck Tuttle
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Nice lake and an easy hike that I have missed on previous trips to yellowstone

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Angie Peltier
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this was a bit difficult for me due to bilateral knee replacement but was worth the effort. The view from the top was spectacular.

Jesi Lofstrom
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Short hike to a hidden lake. My kids loved the beach area. Beautiful spot.

Sherri Allensworth
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Nice hike to a nice lake. I saw a few different animal tracks down next to the water, deer, mostly but also elk and bear. And think a moose but not sure.

Andy Blake
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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.

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

Jennifer Dunn
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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.

Karen Low
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First to Review

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.

Jeff Lutz
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Lorna Sheets
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Samuel Zhou
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Danny Spangler
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Anna V
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Abby Beary
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Santiago Zuluaga
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Scotty Chance
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Louis Painchaud
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Lillian Vela
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Sandy Larsen
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Paige Palmer
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Chris Miller
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Cory Howell
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Brandon Holzer
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Santiago Zuluaga
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Hunter Due
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Jesse Horner
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