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“A short, steep climb to a scenic lake; nothing spectacular but still worth the effort.” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Trout Lake Trail
Ohio, USA
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“A short, steep climb to a scenic lake; nothing spectacular but still worth the effort.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2011

My wife and I made the short hike to Trout Lake based on the recommendation of the driver on our Yellow Bus tour. We had toured the Lamar Valley on the Wake up to Wildlife Tour earlier in the morning, and the driver pointed out the trailhead as we passed by, stating that this was a nice short hike and a good place to fish. Following the Yellow Bus tour, we drove part of the Beartooth Highway, so on the way back into Yellowstone, we decided that a stretch of the legs would be a good thing as we had been riding around so much.

The trailhead is right along the main road, on the north side, a mile or so west of the road to Pebble Creek Campground. The parking lot for Trout Lake is not large, but there was plenty of room for us when we arrived just before 4:00 on an early September afternoon.

The trail to the lake is about 0.2 miles and the loop around the lake is about a half mile, so about a 1 mile total. The hike to the lake is up hill all the way and fairly steep, but the trail is in good shape. The loop around the lake is generally level, but narrow in a couple of spots along the east bank. In places the trail is very close to the lake, so the trail was a little muddy in those areas. I would say that the trail gets a decent amount of use, as there were a half dozen or so fishermen around the lake angling for cutthroat trout and a couple other folks just walking and enjoying the scenery.

There are nice views along the trail to/from the lake, and the walk around the lake is also very nice. We saw several ducks on the lake, and one bison grazing above the lake. As we continued on around the lake, the bison ambled down to the water for a drink.

We took our time and enjoyed the walk around the lake, taking photos and watching the bison meander about. I guess we spent a little over an hour from the time we reached the trailhead to the time we returned to the car. This is not a spectacular hike and certainly not a “must do”, but it is a good workout and worth the investment of an hour or so. Looked like a good place to fish (we did see one angler catch a cutthroat trout).

Tips: Remember to bring your bear spray; you never can tell when one of those big critters will show up. We had ours, and fortunately did not need it. What we did not have (since we had been driving all day) were our trekking poles; those would have been nice for the steep incline. You will also want to have some water; even though this is a short trail, much of the loop around the lake is exposed.

Visited September 2011
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South Riding, VA
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“The destination is as breath taking as the hike!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2011

One of our favorite hikes during our week long visit to YNP. After viewing a pack of wolves in the Lamar Valley early one morning, we hiked up to Trout Lake. It's a 1/4 mile hike over 800ft in elevation but soooooo worth the steep ascent. We were greeted with a glassy lake reflecting the mountains, sky and upland meadow which were unbelievably beautiful. Could see trout too in the clear lake water. Bring water and bear spray! The hike should take about one hour including walk around the lake.

Visited September 2011
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Apache Junction, Arizona
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“Great hour hike on the Upper East side”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2011

This was a perfect hike for when you are trying to tackle so many of the park's other attractions and trails. Beautiful little lake. I believe the entire hike is about 1.5 miles, with a quick incline from the parking-lot to get you over the hill, and then everything else is level.

Visited July 2011
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“Short hike but fairly good incline for a beautiful lake”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2011

It is about a one half mile hike up this fairly popular trail located in the NE section of the Park. Beautiful clear lake meets you at the end of the trail. There is a path around the lake with a footbridge or two. Nice place for a hike and gives you an appreciation of the Park. While it is not a challenging trail, do not underestimate it as it is short but with a good incline for the distance.

Visited July 2010
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