Summit Lake Trail is a 34.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

Length34.2 miElevation gain2,522 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingNature tripsPaddle sportsBird watchingRunningLakeHot springsRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyFeeNo dogs
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Yellowstone closes trails annually to reduce encounters between bears and humans during certain times of the year. See here for bear closure info: Additionally, roads in Yellowstone are closed annually during winter. Before you head out, see Park road closures here: Yellowstone National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. Starting at Biscuit Basin, the Summit Lake Trail climbs to an altitude of 8500 ft., crosses the continental divide, and descends down the west side, exiting the park into Idaho's Targhee National Forest.

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: 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 Madison Junction: Drive 14 miles south (or 2 miles north from Old Faithful Village) and turn into the Biscuit Basin parking area on the west side of the trail.

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Victor Reisig
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Did this hike with group of 5 July of 2018. Good hike and challenging first couple miles because it’s all uphill. Trail says it’s 7.6 miles to the lake but my phone tracked more around 10 miles. Unsure whether it was accurate but it definitely felt longer than 7 miles. It’s super easy to miss the OE1 campground so right when you hit the lake keep your eyes open. You will need a back country pass to stay overnight so go to the visitor centers ranger station. Will cost you like 3 dollars to camp.

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Alexandra Tikidji-Hamburyan
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