Yellowstone National Park
Lake, Mountains, Wildlife
0.8 miles out and back to lake. 1.5 miles around the lake.
Yellowstone Entrance Fee
Available to filter at the lake if needed
The hike in is very shaded. The lake is very open.
Well traveled foot path that can be steep with some loose footing.
At trail head
Trail Head:44.89893 N, 110.12296 W
Trout Lake is a short, steep and popular trail located in Lamar Valley close to the northeast entrance of the park. It can be very busy because the lake is very popular with fisherman. It still makes a great, short scenic hike even if you don’t fish. The trail head is well signed off the road and has a small parking lot with info signs. This area is in heavy traveled bear country. Do not hike here without bear spray and its best to have more than one person. This is a great hike for wildlife because Bears, Otters, Bison, Deer, and Elk all frequent the area.
The trail immediately enters the trees and climbs steadily about 250 feet before dropping back down just a bit to the lake.
There are some huge pines in this grove.
There are great views of the Absaroka Range.
Once at the lake the terrain and views open up as huge cliffs tower over the lake.
You can turn around once you have seen the lake or add about a mile to the hike and walk around it. There is a great chance of seeing wildlife. The day we visited there were several bison around. Its really a nice place to relax.
The cliffs above the lake really have some interesting geology and there are often seasonal waterfalls well into summer.
This is a great spot to visit and can be as quick as an hour making it a great way to stretch your legs and get off the main highways. Expect to see people but I have never felt crowded.