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South Rim to Ribbon Lake Loop Trail is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 738 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Forest Lake River Views Wildlife No dogs
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A walk along the south rim of the canyon, beginning near Upper Falls. Just after Artist's Point, the hike turns away from the canyon and takes you through both forest and then prairie land. The latter part of the hike goes past many thermal features, including mud pots. The hike also goes past a large lake, Clear Lake, which has underwater thermal features. Always stay on the trail, especially in the thermal feature area.

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Cory Roberts
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Hiking

It's more like 9-10 miles. The trail faids significantly when you get to ribbon lake. we weren't able to walk around the backside of the lake so we backtracked and cut across the meadow. We probably saw 10 people when not on the ridge near the parking lots.

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Alexandria Carmen
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Loved this loop! Was able to see all different types of the park- Canyon, prairie, forest!

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Leah Deitrick
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AMAZING!! Went at sunset, the views are STUNNING.

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Ali Bahnick
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HikingOver grown

Beautiful until the trail was overgrown with many many trees down above ribbon lake. We were right on trail according to the recording but there isnt a trail there anymore. Once you arrive at a large pile of branches as a bridge just turn around because its hella confusing on the other side haha. We ended up at 6 miles for the day and found up until that point the trail was beautiful and easy to follow. Ribbon lake itself is gorgeous and we loved being the only people out there. And the canyon is spectacular of course!

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Amy Satterly
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A beautiful and fun hike! *Important tip!* Do not follow the trail gps above “North Ribbon Lake” It does not exist and you will travel through thick marsh and muck. Also, the view is better taking the trail counter clockwise facing away from the canyon rim. Spectacular views of the falls with surprising thermal mudpots along the way. Not many animals on the trail but a lone buffalo sitting in a field.

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Rick Campbell
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The map path used on this trail is no longer accurate when it gets to the area clockwise around ribbon lake as the trail is nonexistent. My group nearly got lost attempting to follow the path suggested. Instead I’d recommend taking the path to the right, south of ribbon lake.

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Michael H Hual
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Roohanjyot Sidhu
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Really nice start to the trail with lakes on the side but when the plains start, that's when you realize how beautiful this trail is.

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Amy Schomburg
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HikingGreat!Rocky

We accidentally did this loop and so glad we did. Start from lower falls parking lot and head out to Ribbon Lake - you go though some thermal areas after the lake and then come out near artist point. If you take a right you go to sublime point and a left takes you to artist point. Then follow trail along river all the way back to parking lot. Good look at both upper and lower falls and chittendan bridge.

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Saskia rechin
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HikingBugs

Really beautiful views and fairly easy but if you go early in the morning bring bug spray because the mosquitos are abundant and big however by late morning they seem to leave!

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Steve Pisklak
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Welcome surprise to see thermal springs along the trail. Buggy along the section between the canyon and the lake.

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David Viero
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HikingOff trailOver grown

I think the map is wrong, the section of trail east of ribbon lake doesn’t seem to exist. But its easy to just go to ribbon lake, then backtrack a minute and take the trail that bypasses the section that is out.

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J P
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Hiking

We happened to pick a wonderful hiking day (weather). Encountered various wildlife: bison (close!), nursing deer (wow!). Beautiful hike through meadows, past hot pots, and boiling areas. On this day ribbon lake was a deep gorgeous blue. Just a few fellow hikers. Well marked.

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Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

This is a very nice loop hike. Started early really enjoyed watching the sun light up the lower falls. Ribbon Lake is very nice. Didn't realize that a lake could be so close the the canyon. Fun geyser area surprise on the return trip.

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Paula Reynolds
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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.

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Anthony Juda
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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!

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Mike Higgins
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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.

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Sarah Levinson
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Joanne Kennedy
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Jun Guo
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Jeremy Rogers
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Steve Hall
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Jim Allega
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Leanna Fordick
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Lucas Shorter
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Eric Martin
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