Trout Lake Loop

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Trout Lake Loop is a 1.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
1.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

canoeing

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

1 hour ago

Nice trail, great views.

5 days ago

Wonderful easy and relaxing trail. This was our first trail in Yellowstone. The short beginning part is a little steep and coming from sea level we felt a bit out of breath pretty quickly. However, the remainder of the trail is flat and circles around trout lake. The views are beautiful and you can see the reflection of the mountains in the lake easily. You can also see cut throat trout if you just look in the lake. We did this trail at the end of August 2017.

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10 days ago

Simply gorgeous. crystal water, mountain views, bubbling mountain stream and a bridge. Endless photo ops. all in a child-size hike.

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2 months ago

Did not enjoy this hike much due to the biting flies and the snake in the grass. Saw several big fish in the shallow stream that feeds the lake but no otters.

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3 months ago

This was a really nice short trail, offering a relatively still mountain lake that can serve as a reflecting pool, wind permitting. The first section is kind of steep, but still easily doable with kids. The best part of the hike may be the drive to it, through the Lamar valley, which was the single most incredible thing I saw in Yellowstone. Featuring snow capped peaks in the background, there were hundreds of Bison grazing there. It's something I'll never forget. There were clearly lots of fish in the lake, but the fly fishermen there seemed to be having a terrible time of it. Looks like it gets a fair amount of pressure.

Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, entirely clear of snow

4 months ago

One of my favorites.

6 months ago

Hiked this early in the morning with my 3 kids. Short but beautiful hike. Nice forested walk up to the lake. We heard there may be otters here, but no such luck. Definitely recommend this trail.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A good short hike to see wildlife or fish the lake. Old growth forest and an open meadow.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Fun short hike. Tons of wildlife. I've done this trail several times, and I've seen bison, a grizzly, big horn sheep, and deer. If you keep going past Trout Lake, there are two other lakes, Buck and Shrimp. We've seen a mother otter with her babies in Buck Lake in the spring. So much fun to watch.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Monday, August 05, 2013

Good initial climb, but short trail makes it not too difficult. Lot of people in the afternoon, probably be better in early morning. Watched a Grizzly cross the road about 100 yards north of the trail.