Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Trails in Yellowstone

Grebe Lake Trail

There is little vertical rise on this 3-4 hour hike. This trail follows an old fire road through meadows and forest, some of which burned during the fires of 1988. Once at the lake you can connect with the Howard Eaton Trail. Trailhead: 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west of Canyon ...

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Grizzly Lake Trail

This trail passes through a twice-burned lodgepole pine stand (1976 and 1988) and through nice meadows. The lake is long, narrow, and heavily wooded. It can be difficult to access beyond the trail end of the lake. Marshiness and mosquitos can make travel difficult early in the season. The ...

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Harlequin Lake Trail

This is a gentle ascent through burned lodgepole pines to a small, marshy lake popular with mosquitos and waterfowl (but not harlequin ducks). Nice quick hike to escape the road for a little bit. Trailhead:1.5 miles west of Madison Campground on the West Entrance road Distance: 1 mile (1 km) roundtrip Level ...

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Howard Eaton Trail

Named for an early park outfitter and guide, the Howard Eaton Trail paralleled the Grand Loop Road in many places. Remnants of this old horse trail are maintained and used by hikers today. Here in the Old Faithful District, the trail provides a less traveled route to Lone Star ...

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Ice Lake Trail

Ice Lake is a lovely, small lake nestled in the thick lodgepole pine forest. Some of the area was heavily burned in 1988. Hikers can continue from Ice Lake to Wolf Lake, Grebe Lake, and Cascade Lake, and then on to Canyon. Trailhead: 3.5 miles east of Norris on the ...

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Lava Creek Trail

This trail follows Lava Creek downstream past Undine Falls (50 feet), descending gradually. Lava Creek meets the Gardner River farther downstream. The trail crosses a foot bridge on the Gardner River, and there is one final ascent to a pullout on the North Entrance Road just north of the ...

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Lone Star Geyser Trail

This mostly level trail follows an old service road along the Firehole River through unburned forests of lodgepole pine. The geyser, which erupts approximately every 3 hours, puts on a delightful show. This trail can be accessed by bicycle with the final approach to the geyser on foot. Trailhead: 3.5 ...

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Lost Lake Trail

Lost Lake Trail, located near Tower-Roosevelt, offers a moderately strenuous 4 mile roundtrip hike. This loop trail departs from behind Roosevelt Lodge and climbs 300 feet (91 m) onto the bench. Here the trail joins the Roosevelt horse trail and continues west to Lost Lake. (If you take the trail ...

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Mallard Lake Trail

This trail climbs through lodgepole pine forest (some burned areas from the 1988 fires) and along meadows and rocky slopes before terminating at Mallard Lake. Trailhead: Old Faithful Lodge cabin area Distance: 6.8 miles (11 km) roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Moderate Visitor Information 307-344-7381 (recorded information) Directions Directions from Old Faithful: Go to the Old Faithful ...

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Mary Mountain Trail

This trail climbs gradually up over Mary Mountain and the park's Central Plateau to the Nez Perce trailhead between Madison and Old Faithful.. Elk and bison can sometimes be seen in the distant meadows. The trail through Hayden Valley is often difficult to follow as bison regularly knock down the ...

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Midway Geyser Basin Trail

The boardwalk leads visitors by impressive features including Excelsior Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring. Trailhead: Parking area 6 miles north of Old Faithful Distance: 0.5 mile (0.8 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Easy Visitor Information 307-344-7381 (recorded information) Directions Directions from The Old Faithful Parking area: Travel 6 miles ...

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Monument Geyser Basin Trail

This trail meanders along a gentle gradient following the Gibbon River then it turns sharply uphill and climbs 500 feet in 1/2 mile to the top of the mountain! Footing is on eroding geyserite and rhyolite, somewhat reminiscent of ball bearings. The geyser basin is a very interesting collection ...

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Mt. Washburn Trail

This hike begins at the Dunraven Pass trailhead to Mount Washburn and ends at the Glacial Boulder on Inspiration Point Road. This strenuous hike takes 6-8 hours to complete. Starting at the Washburn Trailhead at Dunraven Pass, you ascend Mt. Washburn on a trail complete with (in season) wildflowers, ...

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Mystic Falls Trail

This trail follows a lovely creek through a lodgepole pine forest before reaching the 70- foot falls. By following a series of switchbacks, an overlook of the Upper Geyser Basin can be reached before looping back to join the main trail. Trailhead: Back of the Biscuit Basin boardwalk Distance: 2.4 miles ...

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Natural Bridge Trail

Natural Bridge Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy 3 mile roundtrip hike. The natural bridge is a 51 ft. (18 m) high cliff of rhyolite rock that has been cut through by the erosional forces of Bridge Creek. The trail from the campground meanders through the forest ...

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