Trout Lake Trail, Yellowstone National Park

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Trout Lake, formerly known as Fish Lake and Soda Butte Lake, is a 12acre popular backcountry lake for hikers and anglers in Yellowstone National Park. The lake is located approximately.33mi north of the Northeast Entrance Road near the confluence of Pebble Creek and Soda Butte Creek. The lake sits in a depression on a high bench above the Soda Butte Creek Canyon. A steep trail through a Douglas fir forest leads to the lake. The trailhead is located at:.Trout Lake is a popular area for viewing river otter.AnglingTrout Lake is popular with anglers for its large Yellowstone cutthroat trout and very large rainbow trout and rainbow/cutthroat hybrids. The lake can be easily fished from the shoreline, but many anglers carry in float tubes to access the deeper parts of the lake. Using a float tube on Yellowstone lakes requires a park service boating permit. The lake opens for fishing in mid-June, but a section of the lake near the inlet stream is closed until mid-July to protect spawning Yellowstone cutthroat trout. All cutthroat trout and hybrids caught in Trout Lake must be released.
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  • The hike is relatively short but has some elevation to it so you'll be huffing and puffing a bit. The pond is worth it for the isolation and the wonderful reflections of the mountains in its still sur...  more »
  • Relatively it's a very short hike down to the lake where you can see trout swimming and the otters feasting on their catch. Spectacular scenery and calm, quiet, peaceful, placid area to escape the hoa...  more »
  • We liked this hike, but it is kind of a far drive unless you are already visiting Lamar Valley. Yo have to drive basically past the entire valley to get here which is great if you are looking for anim...  more »
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  • Very nice (short) trail. Just go up, where the start is quite steep. Once at the lake you can make a walk around the lake. All together it's a little bit more than 2KM. We we lucky to spot 4 (!) black beers. One mother and here two cubs where within 25 meter from us, but luckily we could quietly walk away (they walk on the hill above, next to us)
  • Short hike to a small lake. The incline isn't terrible for an average person. Most people could do it carrying an infant in a kid backpack, but I don't think a stroller would make it up. A stroller definitely wouldn't make it on the loop around the lake.
  • Steep hike at the start but our 3 year old did it just fine. The trail around the lake was only ok. We did get to see a Black Bear here!
  • Great little hike away from the crowds. You may see river otters here!
  • Very beautiful lake but if you are fishing do not go when they are spawning

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Where to stay in Yellowstone National Park

As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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