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Beula Lake Trail - Countdown: 26 Days

July 30, 2012 Posted by: DL

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.

Camping at Beula Lake
NPS Photo/Danielle Lehle

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.

Beula Lake
NPS Photo/Danielle Lehle

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.

Trail near Beula Lake
NPS Photo/Danielle Lehle

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.

Common Loon
NPS Photo/Danielle Lehle


Did You Know?

Aspen tree bark close-up

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.