Bears are active in Grand Teton
Black and grizzly bears are roaming throughout the park--near roads, trails and in backcountry areas. Hikers and backcountry users are advised to travel in groups of three or more, make noise and carry bear spray. Visitors must stay 100 yards from bears. More »
Area closure in the area around Baxter's Pinnacle
An area closure is in effect around Baxter's Pinnacle to protect nesting peregrine falcons. This closure precludes any climbs of Baxter's Pinnacle and usage of the walk-off gully. This closure will be in effect through 8-15-2013. More »
Area Closure in effect in the Elk Ranch area
A temporary area closure is in effect in the Elk Ranch Area to protect wildlife during the denning and young-rearing period. Follow the link for a map of the closed area. More »
Beula Lake Trail - Countdown: 26 Days
July 30, 2012
The John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway provides easy access to hikes that go into the southern part of Yellowstone National Park. For more detailed information about hiking there, visit a Yellowstone Visitor Center or Yellowstone's Backpacking & Hiking page.
The Beula Lake trail offers a short day hike or overnight trip to a tranquil lake popular with fisherman. The roundtrip distance is 5.2 miles out and back.
Trailhead Directions: Drive 10 miles west of Flagg Ranch (2 miles south of the Yellowstone boundary) to Grassy Lake Reservoir. The trailhead is not marked, but it's a steep pullout on the north side of the road at the east end of the reservoir.
The hike to Beula Lake starts with a short climb over a small ridge and then drops down to Beula Lake. After 0.5 miles from the trailhead, the trail crosses the South Boundary Trail. The path passes through lodgepole pine forests of different ages, with some younger forests growing back after the 1988 fires.
Beula Lake is a fairly large lake about 107 acres in size, and it supports a healthy cutthroat trout population. Those wishing to break out the fishing gear need to pick up a Yellowstone Fishing License; find out more at Yellowstone's Fishing and Fisheries Science Page.
Did You Know?
Did you know that the bark on Aspen trees looks green because it contains chlorophyll? Aspen bark is photosynthetic, a process that allows a plant to make energy from the sun, and helps the tree flourish during the short growing season.