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Lewis River Channel Loop [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Lewis River Channel Loop is a 10.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 10.9 miles Elevation Gain: 567 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

running

forest

lake

river

waterfall

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

Great easy hike that's very quiet. Mostly forest views, but two nice lakes and a river. We heard an elk bugeling and saw a couple deer. Doing the hike in the fall eliminated the bug and flooding problems that some other reviewers had

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bugs
9 months ago

We were in a thunderstorm the second half of the way but still felt it was an awesome laid back trail. Our tropical mosquito spray worked as a charm on the little monsters

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10 months ago

Nice trail lots of mosquitoes as we reached the lake. The forest was quite dense at times on the way to the lake, due to the mosquitos we turned around at the lake and did not do the loop.

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

Not a hard walk. Elevation incline is not huge. We walked counter clockwise which is best I think. Only wildlife spotted was 1 x Llama and chipmunks and squirrels with occasional birds. But beautiful scenery up to Shoshone Lake. Highly recommend.

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Tue Aug 28 2018

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Sun Aug 19 2018

Apart from the thunder, lightening, rain and hail, this is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve been on in a long time! The last part of the hike was rainy so the trail was flooded but the views made it worth it! Got eaten alive by mosquitos so definitely would suggest bug spray! We clocked it at 11.2 miles.

hiking
Wed Jul 25 2018

Relatively easy summer hike with some gorgeous river/lake views. Not busy at all, we only ran into two other hikers. A big thank you to Nikhil's review, without which we wouldn't have brought the bug spray. Mosquitos were brutal.

Mon Jul 16 2018

Beautiful hike! Longer than what it says here. Can't get far without a Bug spray though, the mosquitoes will suck you dry!

hiking
Thu Jun 28 2018

Amazing views and great trail. Be ready for a very wet hike if you go in June. I had to wade 2+ miles through 6 inch water. It was definitely worth it but it might be better later in the summer.

Sun Jun 24 2018

hiked 6/21/18. I clocked 11.5 miles. we walked clockwise doing the 6.5 miles first. trail was flooded in places. took shoes and socks off twice on the way to the lake but was dry after that. gorgeous views the whole way. watch out for falling trees if windy. trail is obvious.

hiking
Sun Aug 28 2016

I would recommend going out the Dogshead Trail and returning via the Lewis Channel Trail. Dogshead is pretty boring- just forest hiking. Lewis Channel has pretty views of the river and the 2 lakes.

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Mon Oct 22 2012

I have canoed this channel several times. It's best to canoe after the water has dropped its level a bit. June can be hard paddling up stream. Mid July has been delightful. We prefer to canoe this channel because the float down stream after reaching Shoshone Lake is great fun. Be carful to cross upper Lewis Lake, with a canoe, early in the morning to avoid wind and big waves.

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