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Ribbon Lake Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back 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.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 577 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

No dogs

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Oded Shahar
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Michael Ryba
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Rachel Smith
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Added this on after we walked South rim to artists point. Nice trail, didn't see many people but we did see mosquitoes at the lake.

Black female in nature
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Hiking

I love to hike in YNP. Someone told me to get app. This app have this as an easy hike, maybe I am just fat and out of shape. But this is Definitely a huff and puff hike. Natural Bridge is an easy hike. It’s very up-and-down so many rocks on the trail. But worth it but not easy.

Alyson G
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BackpackingBugs

I hiked out to camp at site 4R1. The first half mile or so you have incredible views of the canyon and river. Then you turn into the forest toward the lake; that part of the hike is nice, and the lake is nice, but there are probably nicer forest hikes to nicer lakes elsewhere in Yellowstone. Also the mosquitoes were so horrendous that as soon as I got to the site I immediately hid in my tent to get away from them, so I didn't even really get to enjoy the lakeside view. On my hike out in the morning the bugs were non-existent, so I recommend either sticking to the canyon edge or only going basically at dawn.

Madison Murray
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HikingBugs

Great short hike off of the Lower Falls Waterfall Lookout. This hike will give you much more views of the canyon and the falls for the first 1/4 mile (+/-) I would recommend this portion for the family. The rest is a moderate trail full of birds and scenery. The lake is not the most beautiful but if worth the peace and quiet the hike there brings you. Horse droppings at times as it is a miked trail but overall a worthwhile walk!

Mark Morris
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Great trail

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Sherry Chartier
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Hiking

Nice quiet lake at the end of a nice hike. The viewed leaving artists point were spectacular

Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

Whoa a lake so close to the canyon. Fun moderate hike with views of the canyon from the rims

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Darcy Cleary
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Hiking

Great view of the falls. Inspiring. Minerals on the canyon wall were like the paint that’s found on an artists’ pallet.

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Trees and Travels
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Hiking

Added 2 more miles to do Ribbon Lake as well. I loved the diversity of the canyon/waterfall views as well as lake and geothermal views. Clear Lake is a beautiful turquoise color.

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Amy Bahls
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Hiking

It’s an okay an easy hiking trail. Lots of mosquitoes at the lake section you’re walking through a back country campground.

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Brad Commins
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Kristina W.
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HikingBugs

Beautiful Hike!!! It can be a bit tricky though getting to the lake, it may seem like the end of the trail is where the lake is obscured by trees but you need to keep following the path. It will take you back to the canyons edge and then you will have to veer right to some back country campsites. Once you find the campsites that is when you get an awesome view!! 4 stars because the mosquitos where insane, either go when its colder or take LOTS of bug spray with you.

Indra Dutt
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Elle Latricia
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Should have turned around after the views of the canyon, about a half mile in. After that was a mosquito infested wooded swamp hike to a lake you couldn’t see for the woods.

Britt Koopmans
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Hiking

We went all the way down to ribbon river and made it a longer loop.

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Angel and Nick Graf
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Hiking

We did this from Chittenden bridge bc we'd already parked (originally planned to do different trails but they were closed) so this was a bit longer than planned. Clear Lake trail is very muddy and swampy. The Southern Rim was pretty clear and it was beautiful through Artist Point and around the canyon. The trail to Ribbon Lake gets pretty snowy. The southern trail (route marked by AllTrails) was impassable due three feet of water) so we took the northern cut off which was VERY snowy still. Thankfully we could follow someone else's postholes, but it was slow going. The meadows we finally reached were great and there were some tiny thermal features to pass. It was a long haul (and more technical than rated due to the snow and multiple runoff creek crossings) but well worth it. Should be a lot easier in 2 to 4 weeks. Didn't see anyone after Ribbon Lake. No bears but lots of droppings. Bring bear spray.

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Brandon Smyth
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Beautiful view of the falls and canyon. Trail was muddy at some parts.

Joseph Madrill
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One of the worst lakes I have seen. Swampy. The hike up was nice, but very disappointed in the lake.

Edward Murphy
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Hiking

good trail for family. variety of canyon views, woods, and lake meadow. we saw doe and 2 fawns at the lake.

Janet Zimmerman McNichol
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It's 2 miles from Artist's Point to Ribbon Lake (4 round trip). You walk along the south rim of the canyon with great views for about 1/2 mile, pass a lily pond and walk through what felt like an enchanted forest. Lots of Mosquitos, but it was a nice hike.

Jeff Hartman
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Hiking

We took a slightly different route to Point Sublime, doubled back to take the Clear Lake - Ribbon Lake Loop, then headed southeast to the Wapiti Lake Trail junction and followed that back east to meet back at the Upper Falls parking lot. Trip is well worth it to see Silver Cord Cascade from the brink (scary but awesome 1,200' drop).

Chuck Tumey
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A nice trail, great views of the lower falls and the canyon, There were 2 lakes on the way. You must take bug spray they were bad. We saw only 4 people on the trail once we were a half mile out. You can find a good place to sit along the canyon and enjoy the views.

Melanie Hunter
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Megan Wolff
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Nathan Littlewood
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Leann Anderson
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