Sportsman Lake

Gardiner, Wyoming 83012

Sportsman Lake

Sportsman Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a demanding three- or four-day backpacking trip through an uncrowded, remote, wildlife-rich section of Yellowstone.

A four-day trip is recommended: it leaves a day for climbing Electric Peak and a side trip to Cache Lake (no camping at lake) on the first day while hiking to campsite 1G3 or 1G4 and spending two nights at one of these campsites. Weather permitting, climb Electric Peak on the second day. Stay at Sportsman Lake (campsite WD3, if you can get it) the third night, and hike out the fourth day. If the 10.5 miles on the last day scares you, stay in one of the three campsites in Fan Creek and have an easy day on the fifth day of the hike. The information you get from the Backcountry Office might say that only campsite WC2 is open to hikers, but the National Park Service will sometimes allow hikers to camp at WC3 and WC4 if these sites aren’t being used by stock parties. Hikers can’t reserve these stock-only campsites in advance, but if stock parties haven’t already reserved them, you might be able to reserve them when you get your permit."

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
3-4 days
Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs; USGS Mammoth, Quadrant Mountain, Joseph Peak, Electric Peak, Sportsman Lake, and Richards Creek
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Dec 2018