Grizzly Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain1,459ft
Trailhead Elevation7,445ft
Elevation Min/Max7422/7852ft
Elevation Start/End7445/7445ft

Grizzly Lake

Grizzly Lake is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 4.0 miles long and begins at 7,445 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,459 feet. The Grizzly Lake parking is near the trailhead. The 1C2 and 1C1 camp sites can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: 1c1, 1c2 and Mount Holmes-Winter Creek.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Grizzly Lake, a 140-acre lake, sits in a narrow valley between two ridges. Before dropping down into the valley, the trail leads to a ridge above the lake. From this ridge is a great overlook with views of Mount Holmes, Trilobite Point, Dome Mountain and Antler Peak. The trail leads through a burned area from the 1976 and 1988 fires. It is fascinating to see the new growth of the future forest."
Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A nice day hike or easy overnighter, a beautiful mountain lake, and a good opportunity to see how a forest recovers from fire. The trail starts out nice and flat as it crosses Obsidian Creek on a footbridge and goes through a large meadow just south of Beaver Lake. At the west side of the meadow, the trail starts switchbacking up the side of the ridge. At this point you may see a sign for the Howard Eaton Trail going to Mammoth, but that trail has been abandoned. The Grizzly Lake Trail stays on top of the ridge for 0.25 mile or more before switchbacking down the other side to the north end of the 136-acre lake. When you reach the lake, the trail follows the shoreline for about 100 yards before reaching the outlet. If you’re staying overnight, carefully cross the outlet to reach the campsites along Straight Creek below the lake."

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Yellowstone National Park
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Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs and USGS Obsidian Cliff and Mount Holmes
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