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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.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 200 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Reviews (159)
Photos (128)
Recordings (121)
Completed (293)
Jenny Dixon
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Hiking

Short trail with stunning scenery. It’s worth the climb. The shallow lake edges has trout you can see from the shore. Other hikers said they saw an otter. Enjoy the creek feeding the lake, as well as the waterfall exiting it. I could sit there all day and watch the buffalo graze on the hillside.

Courtney Ploeger
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HikingBugs

Beautiful, short hike. I would definitely recommend this if you’re looking for a quick adventure. It’s rated as an “easy” hike, but I would actually give this a “moderate” rating simply due to the fact that the beginning portion is mostly straight uphill and I was with my parents who are in pretty good shape, but in their 70’s, and weren’t expecting quite a climb. (They roughed it out, by the way and did great ). The lake is stunning and is surrounded by tons of wildflowers. Loved it!

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KRIS D
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Hiking

Good one for small kids. The only reason this gets 4 instead of 3 is for the insane wildflowers right now.

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Brian Williams
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Hiking

Great family hike! Very easy hike and gorgeous lake, meadows, mountain views. The cutthroat were spawning just upstream from the headwaters.

Kathlene De Benedetti
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Hiking

Family-friendly. Easy hike. Family of geese. Spotted a mink in the water. Pretty setting.

Heather Wifall
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Hiking

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.

Tara Krebs
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Hiking

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.

Ashley Roy
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Hiking

Trout are spawning now! 100's to see!

Steve Leen
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Hiking

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

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Michael Rey
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Hiking

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.

Morgan Bennett
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Hiking

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

Amy Schomburg
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HikingMuddy

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.

Joseph H.
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Hiking

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

Christopher Fayles
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Hiking

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

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Patrick&Brandi James
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Hiking

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

Brooke B
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Hiking

Good Easy Hike

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Terry Hummer
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Hiking

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.

Kenzie Heatherwick
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Hiking

steep start but worth the incredible view

Debbie Harwood
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Hiking

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

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Kathy Eiferle
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Hiking

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

April Connell
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Hiking

simply gorgeous.

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Ean Bauer
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Hiking

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.

Henrik Peitz
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Hiking

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.

Paige Palmer
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Hiking

Absolutely gorgeous short hike and saw some trout!

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Caitlyn Boel
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Hiking

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!

Jody Strong
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Hiking

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!

Grant Skaggs
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Hiking

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

Charles Smith
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Hiking

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

Erik Garcia
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Jay McCallum
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HikingMuddy

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.

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