Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail

Rocky shoreline of Yellowstone Lake with conifer forests dotting the shoreline.
Shore of Yellowstone Lake near West Thumb Geyser Basin.

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Hike to a high mountain meadow for a commanding view of the West Thumb of Yellowstone Lake and the distant Absaroka Mountains.

The loop trail ascends steeply, passing backcountry thermal features, then gradually descends through meadows & forest.

Safety notes: Thermal activity along trail; stay on the designated trail and abide by detour signs at all times.

Trailheads: Southeast corner of West Thumb Geyser Basin Parking Area.

This is a 1.7-mile (2.7-kilometer) lollipop loop trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
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.

Last updated: July 2, 2018