Thing to Do

Howard Eaton Trail (Canyon Area)

Calm, blue lake surrounded by a thick, green conifer forest.

Choose your destination on this trail that passes by four lakes, forest, meadow, and marsh: Cascade Lake (2.6 mi / 4.2 km), Grebe Lake (4.5 mi / 7.3 km), Wolf Lake (6.3 mi / 10.1 km), or Ice Lake (10.7 mi / 17.5 km).

Safety notes: The trail can be wet and muddy through July with many biting insects. All distances provided are one-way.

Trailheads: Pullout ¼-mile (0.4 km) west of Canyon Junction on the Norris–Canyon Road.

This is a 10.7-mile (17.1-kilometer) one-way, through trail that begins and ends at different trailheads. Plan for a pick-up, leave a vehicle at the end, or be prepared to return back to your starting trailhead.
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is in the central part of the park, with the trailhead west of Canyon Village, though portions of the trail can be reached via numerous trailheads north and west of Canyon Village.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

Calm, blue lake surrounded by a thick, green conifer forest.
Ice Lake is one of many lakes seen along this part of the Howard Eaton Trail.

NPS/Robert G. Johnsson

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Last updated: August 12, 2019