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Sep 30

Trout Lake: Second Time Just as Good As the First

Trout Lake Black and WhiteTrout Lake is a great short hike in the Lamar Valley area of Yellowstone National Park.  In both of our visits to Yellowstone Karen and I have made it a point to hike the trail to Trout Lake.  We have heard it is a great location to see wildlife but unfortunately on both of hikes there we have only seen fantastic scenery and a few buffalo in the distance.  Maybe our next visit there we will finally get a chance to see some of the otters that are supposed to call the lake home.On the TrailThe hike is about two miles round trip which we would classify as an easy hike. The trail does however climb up a short distance as it winds up a steep slope through a forest before reaching Trout Lake. Because of the elevation difference from where we live we were just a tad bit out of breath upon reaching the lake, but overall it was not a difficult hike at all. The trail then circumnavigates the lake. The small lake sits in breathtaking scenery as it is surrounded by mountains.Trout Lake ReflectionSince Karen and I do not fish very much we did not take the hike with that in mind, though it seems to be very popular for anglers. We took this hike hoping to see some of the otters that make the lake their home. Unfortunately, we did not. We did however see a few buffalo in the distance and lots of buffalo footprints by the lake. At the time of our hike there were a few people out fishing who seemed to be doing quite well, so if we ever go again we might want to bring our fishing poles.LakesideTrout Lake is on the Northeast Entrance Road just southwest of Pebble Creek Campground. Karen and I highly recommend this hike for anyone who is into fishing or just getting out of your car to stretch your legs. It is a relatively short hike that takes anywhere from an hour to two hours to complete. The scenery was extraordinary and it gives any visitor a chance to get away from the crowds since the short hike seems to be a well-kept secret.Momma and M on the HikeRemember that you are in wild country and it can be dangerous if you do not use common sense and sound judgment. Not only are the animals wild but so is the land and getting too close to either can make a great vacation go sour and even be deadly real quick. Animals will protect themselves, their area, and young while the geothermal areas are fragile and dangerous so stay on assigned paths. If you use caution and are prepared Yellowstone will be a great life experience and please leave it just as you found it so the next person can enjoy. Happy Travels!!!Reflection on the LakeTrout Lake Trail
2 Miles Roundtrip
Easy Level Hike
45 minutes
Trailhead is located on the Northeast Entrance Road by Pebble Creek Campground
To see all of our reviews of things to do in Yellowstone National Park click here and for more information about the park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

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