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Trout Lake – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Lake, Mountains, Wildlife

Distance

0.8 miles out and back to lake. 1.5 miles around the lake.

Parking Lot Elevation

6,787

Summit Elevation

7,027

Elevation Gain/Loss

236

Time Required

1-2 Hours

Pets

No

Fees

Yellowstone Entrance Fee

Water Info

Available to filter at the lake if needed

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Hours

None

Sun Exposure

The hike in is very shaded. The lake is very open.

Trail Condition

Well traveled foot path that can be steep with some loose footing.

Restrooms

At trail head

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Nearby

Food

No

Family Friendly?

Yes

GPS Coordinates:

Trail Head:44.89893 N, 110.12296 W

Trail Map


The Trail:

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.

Personal Thoughts:

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.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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