TRIP IDEA

Day Hikes in the Lake & Fishing Bridge Area

Yellowstone National Park

Hikers rest and look out at Yellowstone Lake from atop a mountaintop.
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Mountains, Trails
Activities Hiking
Type Kid Friendly, Active, Solitary/Remote, Inspirational, Outdoors, Group Friendly
Parks Yellowstone National Park

Hikers rest at the top of a mountain and look out at Yellowstone Lake
Hikers enjoy a panoramic view of Yellowstone Lake from Elephant Back Mountain.

NPS/Diane Renkin

The shores of Yellowstone Lake 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 Fishing Bridge Visitor Center.
Day Hikes in the Lake Area
  • Yellowstone National Park

    Avalanche Peak Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Yellowstone Lake
    • Duration: 3–4 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Two hikers enjoying the view from the summit of Avalanche Peak.

    Experience one of the most strenuous day hikes in the park and be rewarded with stunning views of some of the park’s tallest and most remote alpine peaks.

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    Elephant Back Mountain Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Lake Village
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Hikers rest and look out at Yellowstone Lake from atop a mountaintop.

    Hike to the top of this mountain for panoramic views of Yellowstone Lake and the surrounding area.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Natural Bridge Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Bridge Bay Marina
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Gray stone rock arches over a creek drainage.

    Hike through a forest and along an old service road to a natural bridge, which was cut out of a cliff of rhyolite rock by Bridge Creek.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Pelican Creek Nature Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Yellowstone Lake
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    A creek flows through a wetland into a large lake with mountains in the distance.

    Introduce yourself to a diverse assortment of Yellowstone habitats and look for birds while hike this loop trail through a forest to the shore of Yellowstone Lake.

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  • Yellowstone National Park

    Pelican Valley Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Fishing Bridge
    • Duration: 3–4 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Hikers crossing a wooden bridge in the wide-open Pelican Valley.

    Hike through forests, meadows, and a river valley—all of which are some of the best grizzly bear country in the lower 48 states.

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    Storm Point Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Fishing Bridge
    • Duration: 1–2 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Trail leading across a meadow to the rocky Storm Point on the shore of Yellowstone Lake

    Pass by Indian Pond and through a forest to the shores of Yellowstone Lake. Along the way, look for marmots in the rocky area near Storm Point.

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Last updated: June 29, 2018