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Trout Lake Loop is a 1.2 mile heavily 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: 1.2 miles Elevation Gain: 200 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
9 days ago

Great little hike. A steep climb at the beginning but lots of nice places to rest. Still pretty popular even during COVID. It rained hard during our walk around the lake but even so we had a great time.

hiking
13 days ago

Great place to visit!! We saw otters and trout. Many, many trout were heading upstream to spawn and it was so cool to see them.

hiking
18 days ago

Trout are spawning now! 100's to see!

hiking
28 days ago

All the incline was at the beginning and then a loop around the lake. Good views but buggy.

hiking
1 month ago

Tiny parking lot, short but beautiful. The lake is small but there are fish. Had the trial all to ourselves. The mountains and meadows reflecting off the lake didn’t look real. It was perfect. Accidentally walked up the backside of the lake straight into a sunbathing bison. He was nice. I backed away slowly and all was well. Thank you for hospitality and not trampling me mister or miss or gender neutral bison! Happy trekking.

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked in summer during trout spawning. Go early to avoid the crowds, the pull off for parking is small.

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

10/08/19: This is a great short steep hike to a pretty little lake. Take time to explore around the lake. Amazing views and saw pair of nesting geese hunkered down before snowstorm that is heading in to area.

hiking
8 months ago

Great little hike and lake a good place for a picnic.

hiking
9 months ago

Steep start but the trail levels out after about half a mile. Great hike for our family with a 5 and 3 year old.

hiking
9 months ago

easy walk up the hill and great trail to lake at the end that you can go all the way around. worth the stop.

hiking
9 months ago

Good Easy Hike

hiking
9 months ago

All the elevation gain is at beginning of the hike. Easy Peasy once you get to the beautiful lake. We were there after a rain in early September, had the lake all to ourselves for 90% of the hike. Take this hike. Worth it.

hiking
10 months ago

steep start but worth the incredible view

hiking
10 months ago

This is a short steep trail to a beautiful lake. The hike around the lake is nice. No luck with fishing or seeing otters!

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful. very buggy. Don’t forget the spray.

hiking
11 months ago

simply gorgeous.

hiking
11 months ago

Easy hike up to lake. On way up had fox walk to about 5 feet away. Up at lake, wife got a picture of a fox with an early morning meal. Saw 2 otters playing in the water until they disappeared. Great views of mountain reflection in lake as well.

hiking
11 months ago

Great easy trail that takes you away from the road and gives you great peace of mind with adorable views. We spotted: birds, deer, trout (threw the water) and beautiful wild flowers.

hiking
11 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous short hike and saw some trout!

hiking
11 months ago

Amazing! Saw so many otters. The hike up to the Lake is steep, but once you get to the lake it becomes flat. You can hike around the lake which is gorgeous!

hiking
11 months ago

Enjoyed this Trail thoroughly with my family. A little rocky and uphill at first, but not for too long. Then opened up to the loop around the lake, which was gorgeous. We saw trout spawning in the little stream, various birds in the wooded area on the uphill part, and had no problem with bugs. The people right before us said they saw an otter, but we did not. This was my favorite spot so far!

hiking
11 months ago

This is a great family trail. Beautiful views and nice hike around the lake. It’s a little steep to get started but totally worth it. The Park has some workers cleaning the trail. We were there in July. The spawning cutthroat trout were everywhere in the creek that comes into the lake. It was really cool to see. We heard there were Moose recently on the trail but we didn’t see any

hiking
11 months ago

this is a great hike to take your kids on. can be a little steep during the first part but very manageable. once you get to the lake make sure you follow the creek that feeds the lake and see if you can find some fish swimming

hiking
muddy
Wed Jul 03 2019

hiking
muddy
Wed Jun 26 2019

Short and somewhat steep climb just at the start, then an easy and kid-friendly hike with gorgeous views and not a lot of people.

Wed Jun 05 2019

Great little hike that the whole family can enjoy. We enjoyed being able to get out of the car after coming over the pass and getting in a little hike before going on into Lamar.

hiking
Wed Jun 05 2019

It starts uphill which can be a bit strenuous but after that its beautiful, especially when all the wildflowers are bloomed.

hiking
muddy
Thu May 30 2019

The steep incline up to the lake and the altitude definitely got me on this one but the payoff was well worth it. Very pretty lake. We walked to the small bridge and back. It was a little busy considering it was so early in the season but not too bad.

muddy
Mon May 13 2019

Overall a decent, short trail. Not too crowded and nice views.

Sun Apr 14 2019

Did this hike in early May 2018 and even though there was snow in Yellowstone still, this trail had no snow. It was pretty easy. I've heard in July, there are river otters. Off of this trail is another trail to Buck Lake.

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