Begin your hike by stopping at a ranger station or visitor center for information. Trail conditions may change suddenly and unexpectedly. Bear activity, rain or snow storms, high water, and fires may temporarily close trails.
Stroll through a geyser basin of colorful hot springs and dormant lakeshore geysers situated on the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake. Trails and boardwalks are handicapped accessible with assistance.
Trailhead: West Thumb Geyser Basin, 1/4 mile east of West Thumb Junction
Distance: 3/8 mile (1 km) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Easy; boardwalk trail with slight grade as trail descends to and climbs up from the lake shore
Hike to a high mountain meadow for a commanding view of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake and the Absaroka Mountains.
Trailhead: Trailhead sign at entrance to West Thumb Geyser Basin parking area
Distance: 2 miles (3 km) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate; mostly level terrain with a moderately strenuous 400-foot elevation gain near the overlook.
Hike along a forest's edge and through open meadows to the shores of Yellowstone's largest backcountry lake. Look for wildlife in meadows.
Trailhead: Trailhead sign at DeLacy Creek, 8.8 miles west of West Thumb Junction
Distance: 6 miles (10 km) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate; flat trail with no steep grades
Crossing the Continental Divide, hike through small mountain meadows and forests to the shores of a picturesque little lake. Look for moose in the marshy meadows and for birds near the lake. Bear Management Area--trail opens July 15.
Trailhead: Approximately 3 miles south of the Grant Village intersection, immediately south of the Continental Divide sign
Distance: 5 miles (8 km) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate; level walking
Get a feel for Yellowstone's backcountry...hike through a forested area to the colorful waters of the Lewis River Channel. Look for eagles and osprey fishing for trout in the shallow waters. For an all-day hike, follow the channel to Shoshone Lake and return via the forested Dogshead Trail.
Trailhead: Approximately 5 miles south of Grant Village intersection, just north of Lewis Lake on west side of the road
Roundtrip Distance: To channel outlet--7 miles (11 km) roundtrip; Loop--11 miles (17.5) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate; mostly level, some rolling terrain
Climb a small hill for a view of Duck and Yellowstone lakes and explore the effects of the 1988 fires that swept through this area. Trail descends to lakeshore.
Trailhead: Trail begins in West Thumb Geyser Basin parking area, across the lot from Lake Overlook trailhead.
Distance: 1 mile (1.6 km) roundtrip
Level of Difficulty: Moderate