South Rim to Ribbon Lake Loop Trail

EASY 6 reviews
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South Rim to Ribbon Lake Loop Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

7.9 miles
718 feet


nature trips


bird watching








no dogs

TEMPORARY CLOSURE: South Rim Trail The entire South Rim Trail are closed for reconstruction: expect completion in July 2018. Please check with park before leaving for hike.

8 months ago

We started this trail at Artists Point as the early part of the trail is closed for reconstruction. The first mile is along the Grand Canyon and has to be seen to believe. Incredibly beautiful , if somewhat scary if you have a problem with heights. Then it veers off right via Clear Lake though mostly wooded areas which had a lot of fallen trees and muddy areas due to recent heavy rainfall to be negotiated. Hiking poles a big help. Our trip there & back totalled 8km , enjoyable but the first mile makes the trail.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

One of our favorite hikes of the trip. We ended up going counter clockwise and I'm so glad we did. The hike to Ribbon Lake through the meadows and forest felt long, but having the Grand Canyon and Artist Point as the payoff made it totally worth it. The diversity of terrain and surroundings kept us ooh-ing and ahh-ing the whole hike. As of our hike, parts of the South Rim Trail were still under construction so we ended up finishing out walking along the road back to our car. Can't wait to come back!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Walked this trail along the south rim and had stunningly beautiful views. Before reaching Point Sublime, we turned into the forest to Ribbon Lake. You walk past Liliy Pad lake on the way around Ribbon Lake. We came back on the ClearLake-Ribbon Lake Loop trail. This takes you back thru the forest and into a beautiful open meadow. We were greeted by the local elk casually grazing away about 30 yds from us, but wasn't very interested in what we were doing. Some local bison are in the same area near Clear Lake. They also acknowledged us, but weren't interested in anything but eating. There was a nice breeze and the fragrance of the purple lupines filled the air. We needed to turn north on the Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake loop trail but was blocked by a small bison herd that claimed that area for eating and lounging in the dirt. Not being bold enough to try and shoo them away, we decided to detour to the parking lot near the South Rim trailhead and walked back to our car along the road to the parking lot at the end of the South Rim Drive. This was just a beautiful day hike that most people could do. Just remember your insect repellant because the mosquitos were out in force this time of year.

Friday, August 04, 2017