Thing to Do

Riddle Lake Trail

Wetlands and lake water stand before snow-capped mountains.

Crossing the Continental Divide, hike through small mountain meadows and forests to the shores of a picturesque little lake. Look for elk in the meadows and for birds near the lake.

Safety notes: Trail opens in mid-July (Bear Management Area closure) or later if trumpeter swans are nesting on the lake. Check the Backcountry Situation Report for current information.

Trailheads: Approximately 3 miles (5 km) south of the Grant Village intersection, just south of the Continental Divide sign.

This is a 4.8-mile (7.7-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the southern part of the park, with the trailhead south of Grant Village.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

Wetlands and the water of Riddle Lake stand before snow-capped mountains.
Riddle Lake and the surrounding mountains.

NPS/Robert G. Johnsson

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Last updated: June 29, 2018