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Day Hikes in the Grant & West Thumb Area

Yellowstone National Park

Visitors stroll along the boardwalks near the shore of Yellowstone Lake.
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Trails
Activities Hiking
Type Kid Friendly, Active, Solitary/Remote, Inspirational, Outdoors, Group Friendly
Parks Yellowstone National Park

People walking along West Thumb Geyser Basin boardwalk
The boardwalk trails at West Thumb Geyser Basin provide views of hydrothermal features, Yellowstone Lake, and the surrounding mountains.

NPS/Diane Renkin

The lakes in this area have attracted humans for centuries—and provide excellent habitat for wildlife. We invite you to spend a few hours hiking the area’s scenic trails. Always carry rain gear, extra food and water, and other emergency equipment when venturing into the backcountry. Be sure to obtain current trail condition and bear activity information at the Grant Village backcountry office.
Day Hikes in the West Thumb & Grant Area
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Duck Lake Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: West Thumb Geyser Basin
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    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.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Lewis River Channel/Dogshead Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Lewis Lake
    • Duration: 5–8 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Water crashes on the rocky shore while mist hangs over the lake.

    Hike through forest to the crystal-clear waters of the Lewis River Channel. Look for eagles and osprey fishing for trout in the shallow waters.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Riddle Lake Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Grant Village
    • Duration: 2–4 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Wetlands and lake water stand before snow-capped mountains.

    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.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    DeLacy Creek Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Craig Pass
    • Duration: 3–5 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Blue water of Shoshone Lake surrounded by tall conifer trees.

    Hike along a forest’s edge and through open meadows to the shores of Yellowstone’s largest backcountry lake. Look for sandhill cranes, moose, and water birds.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    West Thumb Geyser Basin Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: West Thumb Geyser Basin
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Female visitor stands next to a wooden sign that says

    Stroll through a geyser basin of colorful hot springs and dormant lakeshore geysers situated on the scenic shores of Yellowstone Lake.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Yellowstone Lake Overlook Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: West Thumb Geyser Basin
    • Duration: 1–3 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Rocky shoreline of Yellowstone Lake with conifer trees dotting the shoreline.

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

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Last updated: July 5, 2018