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West Thumb Area: Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail


  • National Park Trail
Distance, round trip: 2 miles
Estimated time: 1 hour
Difficulty: moderately strenuous
Trailhead: on the right as you enter West Thumb Geyser Basin parking area

Hike to a high mountain meadow for a commanding view of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake and the distant Absaroka Mountains. The loop trail ascends steeply, passing backcountry thermal features, then gradually descends through meadows and forest. 400 foot elevation gain near overlook.
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Mailing Address
Yellowstone National Park
PO Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190
Special direction map

Special Directions

Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail is located in the Grant Village and West Thumb Areas in Yellowstone National Park.