Explore the most popular fishing 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.

Short steep climb at the start then levels off to trout lake. Good amount of traffic in the afternoon. We saw a moose near the start of the trail.

Tons of buffalo, gets busy towards the afternoon. Nice views of the valley.

hiking
15 days ago

One of the trails we do EVERY year we come! Late July/ Early August we usually see lots of Otters swimming around and lots of fish to look at in Trout Lake. You'll come across the occasional fisherman, but don't let that deter you from walking around the whole lake. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the shade or on a log. Enjoy the sound of the water going under the footbridge. Very easy. Uphill coming in and downhill going out, make sure you have shoes with great traction.

Definitely one of the best trails to take if you want a quick hike that puts you out in what feels like the middle of no where. Also the fishing was great!

backpacking
4 months ago

Did a few trips on this trail, super easy and brings you back to beautiful Grebe lake. Definitely worth a look.

Beautiful trail, rugged but pretty straight forward and connects to multiple others for an easy choice of length.

birding
4 months ago

I spent three days in this area with my two sons, 9 and 15. The scenery is incredible! They loved every minute of it, and so did I. There were many signs of bears this area but we never saw one.

backpacking
6 months ago

Backpacked with favorite outfitter week of July 4 starting at Soda Butte Creek trail head then transitioned to Mist Creek into Pelican Valley finishing near Indian Pond. Terrain was easy to moderate until climbing pass between Lamar Valley and Mist Creek:about a 1,000 ft. gain over approximately a mile. Unbelievable scenery, especially Pelican Valley, and saw wolves, coyotes and 5 grizzlies, including one that foraged all afternoon in the meadow next to our campsite. Weather was fantastic and only drawback were the mosquitoes--tons of them around the clock. Thank god there was plenty of heavy duty bug juice to go around because we would not have survived the trip without it. Got plenty of arm exercise swatting them continuously and annoying as hell.

We decided just to hike to the lake and then back. .4 miles there which was pretty much all up hill but worth it! We spent an hour at the lake. So peaceful & quiet. A little bit of snow on the ground but doable with just hiking boots.

horseback riding
7 months ago

Nice trail for a 2 hours tour go and return with break at the riverside.

Nice trail, great views.

backpacking
8 months ago

Hiked in to a backcountry site passed the Yellowstone River suspension bridge. The hike in as most enjoyable with amazing views of landscape and the surrounding mountains. After crossing the suspension bridge we saw what I believe to be an osprey and a bison carcass. The hike out was a bit tonight due to the overnight rain and snow making the trail slick and wet. Overall an amazing hike with many views!!!

walking
8 months ago

Easy and awesome view

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.

hiking
8 months ago

The road to the trailhead was closed when we went two weeks ago. Expect to add at least a mile or two to the total distance depending on where you park if it's still closed.
The hike itself was great. Great natural scenery along the rim for the first couple miles and neat little thermal steam vents, geysers and stuff as you get closer to the bottom. Also beware of biting flies in the grassier portions at the bottom, but they're not too bad closer to the river. Challening hike coming back up for sure, but very rewarding.

definitely a stop to make

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

We went on this Ranger led trail in July 2016. It was quite interesting and led to Shoshone lake that can only be seen by hiking to it. The trail was one of the original trails from the 1800's.

We did this trip in reverse. This was an amazing, true backcountry adventure. We went 2 days without seeing any people. Averaging 12.5 miles a day it was a challenge but worth the effort. The trail between Grouse Creek and the Southeast Fork Ranger Station was difficult to locate at times because of its lack of use. Very wild area and some wonderful fishing.

Excellent trail. Take plenty of water!!

hiking
8 months ago

Started at hwy 191 headed for TH in Yellowstone Park. Trail ran out about 5 miles in and I never found it again. Still did 14 miles, but had to bushwhack and backtrack. Very disappointing

hiking
8 months ago

Started at hwy 191 headed for TH in Yellowstone Park. Trail ran out about 5 miles in and I never found it again. Still did 14 miles, but had to bushwhack and backtrack. Very disappointing

Tough trail that covers a lot of ground most of which is uneven and difficult. There is no real change in altitude. Much if the trail is transversing swampy meadows that are poorly marked meaning having a gps and map is essential. There are several areas that fires have destroyed the young trees - the new growth and flowers reveal a stark contrast of ashes and color. Although reports of many animals we saw only 1 small snake no mammals.
We are all experienced hikers and 14 miles normally would have taken us about 4-5 hours. It took us 8.5 to complete. Some time spent finding a way to cross a couple large streams not mentioned in the hiking guides.
So not for the beginner, great if you want to be alone ( we saw 2 people at the beginning none the rest of the day)
Over all there are probably better hikes to chose in the area.

fishing
9 months ago

The hike and the drive are worth it to cast to hungry trout and grayling that don't get much pressure. Catch and release! Fly only

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful view of the falls and canyon. Trail was muddy at some parts.

Most of the trail has a monotonous view. The falls and lake are very pretty. If you want a shorter hike, head to the right at the trailhead, then back the way you came.

9 months ago

Lots of dead trees. 20 miles round trip.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail is a nice, easy walk to a lake. Most of the trail is through open meadows. We hiked it late in the day and it was windy so walking through meadows was not too hot. You'll see many beautiful wild flowers if hiking this trail in August. The lake is just okay. Don't hike this if you're goal is to see a fantastic lake.

backpacking
9 months ago

Hike into great camping along the Yellowstone River.

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