Explore the most popular beach trails near Yellowstone National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Far too crowded when I visited and slightly worn. The boardwalk needs renovations and there were unattended children running amuck. It's ok for strolling but tourists have torn the place up.

Super family friendly and easy walk around these gorgeous, vibrant hot springs. Great view of Yellowstone Lake as well, definitely worth a stop.

13 days ago

Nice little hike with a little sample of everything! Hike through a meadow by a pond with tons of birds, then a wooded section along the shore of the Yellowstone Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for bears! The bridge was out (7/4/18) when we went so we had to turn around instead of completing the entire loop.

This isn't really a hike, it's a boardwalk path. It's good, quick loop that gives you views of the lake, plus some hot springs and other thermal features. If you don't have much time in the park, this is a great spot to see a lot in one short walk. Be prepared to fight through crowds.

I'd recommend doing this and the Yellowstone Lake Overlook trail, another short hike which leaves from the same parking lot. There you can get overhead views of the lake away from the crowds.

Did the trail yesterday. Was fairly muddy at the start and back end of the loop. Lake views were decent and the trail was good for children. Only saw a deer. The trail is pretty average otherwise. More wildlife would have made it much better.

Easy hike with great views of Yellowstone lake and geothermal features.

don't miss out on this. super easy and lot of great photo ops

1 month ago

After being in the valleys and woods of Yellowstone for a few days, it was great to get to the shore and near that big beautiful lake. Easy terrain, saw signs of bears and saw actual bison. The bridge was out (as of early June, not sign/warning posted at trailhead) at the end of the wooded section of the trail, so we just turned back and hiked the way we came for about 4 miles roundtrip, although a person could scale the river/bank if they wanted to.

An easy hike with some great views. I would not wade into the lake again, though. The leeches were terrible in the summer of 2017.

An easy boardwalk trail but one of my favorite “quick stops” in the park!

Heavily trafficked; takes a while to get around through the crowd, especially if you are interested in photographing the thermals. But extremely beautiful, particularly with the right lighting on a sunny day!!! You just have to put up with a lot of inconsiderate tourists. One guy actually hopped off the boardwalk, touched a pool and was continuing to walk the thin crust area! Thankfully, he eventually listened to the ranger yelling at him to get back on the boardwalk for his safety.


Short hike including a lake, a meadow, and the ocean

2 months ago

Very beautiful hike. Great view easy terrain. The bridge is out on the west side of the trail and you have to cross the river on foot

It was so fun and pretty. Had an awesome time and definitely recommend

Nice trail diverse in forest, meadow, shoreline. Heard bears were in area so bring your spray and use common sense. Be prepared to scramble over fallen trees possible. Lots of fun and quick hike

Beautiful easy hike underwater thermo features pretty not super crowded when I was there. Avoid times of due north or me wind

Just do it. It's beautiful, easy and underwater geysers are just plain cool. Plus---the Colors!

Unbelievable sights. Very beautiful view of Yellowstone Lake.

Unique geothermal activity by the side of the lake gives it a different appeal.

Saw Elk at this interesting group of hot springs adjacent to the Yellowstone Lake

Very nice easy trail.

10 months ago

Awesome to stand right over the hot springs from the safety of a boardwalk. The water is so clear you almost can't tell its there. Then look up for the picture purfect lake!

Very nice trail ,beautiful lake and colorful pools .
We had great pictures there. We did this mid July 2017.

beautiful, easy walk, nice to do before dinner at lakeside restaurant. GREAT view of the lake.

Easy trail, beautiful lake view.

10 months ago

Easy hike/walk. Great view of Geysers

10 months ago

Nice easy scenic secluded hike.

2016 great trail.

Nice basins and plenty to see, nested well against the Yellowstone Lake and some gorgeous colors and easy boardwalk make this an accommodating hike that rewards.

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