Thing to Do

Duck Lake Trail

A small lake surrounded by conifer forest.

Climb a small hill for a view of Duck and Yellowstone lakes and the expanse of the 1988 fires that swept through this area. Trail descends to the shore of Duck Lake.

Safety notes: Always be aware of your surroundings.

Trailheads: West side of West Thumb Geyser Basin Parking Area.

This is a 0.8-mile (1.3-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Moderate hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the southern part of the park, with the trailhead in the West Thumb Geyser Basin parking lot.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

A small lake surrounded by conifer trees.
Duck Lake near the West Thumb Geyser Basin


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Yellowstone Day Hikes

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Visitors walking along the West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk.

West Thumb & Grant Day Hikes

Explore some of the major lakes of Yellowstone National Park along these trails.

Last updated: June 29, 2018