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Trout Lake Trail

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Type: Hiking Trails
Traveler Description: This is a short up hill hike to the lake. what a beautiful Place. you will probably find a family of river otters playing around. if you visit in... more »
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Hickory, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

This was our first hike upon arrival at park thru Northeast entrance. Trail was steep at first and we had to take a few breaks early to get acclimated to the higher elevations. We were here in June and it snowed and sleeted lightly on our hike. By time we got to lake the sun was out. Beautiful scenery and... More

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Dallas, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

If your answer to my question is yes, then take this trail. This is a steep 0.3 miles trail and the trail-head is towards the eastern end of the Lamar Valley. Before taking this trail I read that it is a hot spot for fishing trouts. I am not that into fishing but there were a bunch of people with... More

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Salem, New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It's hard to not rate every hike in Yellowstone as excellent. This one quickly gets you to a beautiful alpine lake. The lake is perfect for reflection pictures and there is always the chance for animals. I haven't seen the otters yet but I'll try again this fall. There are also two smaller lakes you can hike to further up... More

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Eaton Rapids
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

My family and I visited Yellowstone the end of July (2013). We came in the northeast entrance and Trout Lake Hike was the first thing we did in the park. It is a very short hike but quite steep. Our favorite part of the hike was taking the path along the lake and branching off to an overlook of Lamar... More

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Austin, Texas
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101 reviews 101 reviews
16 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Although the initial part of the trail is fairly steep, this is a relatively short and easy hike overall. This trail is on the east side of Yellowstone which seemed to us to have a lot fewer tourists than the west side. We hiked this trail while it was raining/snowing and nobody (except for a solitary Bison) was on the... More

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Sarasota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Too old and too fat to complete this hike. I tried about the first 10 minutes but the elevation was just too much for me.

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Covington, Washington
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

The hike up to Trout Lake is a short half mile hike, but it's all uphill. Be sure to bring water. When you reach Trout Lake you'll discover that the uphill hike is definitely worth it! The lake itself is beautiful. Be sure to walk all the way around the lake when you reach it. it's a flat walk around... More

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Schertz, Texas
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9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This is a relatively short hike to a beautiful lake where you will find curious river otters playing in the lake. The hike is great for families with kids because it isn't too long. We walked all around the lake and explored a bit before heading back. It is just a beautiful spot and not to be missed while in... More

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Winter Park, Florida
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120 reviews 120 reviews
31 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

After a half mile very steep rocky climb through the forest, you arrive at the lake. If you have them, bring walking sticks because the way up may be hard, but the way down can be worse -- difficult and slippery. The lake is a beautiful spot and great for picture taking. If you can get there in the early... More

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Post Falls, Idaho
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48 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

We ,like most people, wanted to hike to Trout lake to see otters, one of the creatures we have never seen in the park. We didn't find any otters but Trout lake, and a short distance away, are two spots I think get overlooked in the park. Be sure to take some water, and don't forget your bear spray.

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