Chain of Lakes Backpacking

Mammoth, Wyoming

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A short, easy backpacking trip to four of Yellowstone’s mountain lakes. This is the only hike in Yellowstone where you can see four mountain lakes in 10 miles. In fact there is no other hike in the park where you can see more than two. It’s also an ideal trip for beginning backpackers, especially those who like to have extra time for fishing. Be sure to bring lots of insect repellent and netting. This area, particularly Grebe Lake, produces hordes of mosquitoes. When we did this hike in early July, we were convinced that Grebe Lake served as the factory for all the mosquitoes in all of Yellowstone. If you want to avoid bugs, delay your trip until mid-August. Special attractions: The only hike in Yellowstone that goes to more than two lakes.

Chain of Lakes (Backpacking) Professional Review and Guide

"A short, easy backpacking trip to four of Yellowstone’s mountain lakes. This is the only hike in Yellowstone where you can see four mountain lakes in 10 miles. In fact there is no other hike in the park where you can see more than two. It’s also an ideal trip for beginning backpackers, especially those who like to have extra time for fishing. Be sure to bring lots of insect repellent and netting.

This area, particularly Grebe Lake, produces hordes of mosquitoes. When we did this hike in early July, we were convinced that Grebe Lake served as the factory for all the mosquitoes in all of Yellowstone. If you want to avoid bugs, delay your trip until mid-August. Special attractions: The only hike in Yellowstone that goes to more than two lakes."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mammoth
Distance: 10.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 days
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: USGS Norris Junction, Crystal Falls, Cook Peak; Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Chain of Lakes (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

6/6/2010
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Great trail. If you take this trail do it July or later if not alot of the trail is marshy and makes for larger stream crossings. Beautiful landscapes most of what you see is result of the fire of 88 with alot of down dead trees and alot of new little trees. Not a strenuous hike unless you clime Observation Peak wich is a 2.5 mile trail that climes around 1350 feet. In early summer there is alot of snow and that will slow you down. I recomend making the clime because of the amazing view of the lakes and the mountains that do not seem to end.



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