Ice Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Distance0.7mi
Elevation Gain58ft
Trailhead Elevation7,876ft
Top7,902ft
Elevation Min/Max7876/7902ft
Elevation Start/End7876/7876ft

Ice Lake

Ice Lake is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 7,876 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 58 feet. Near the trailhead there is a parking. This trail connects with the following: 4d3 and Howard Eaton-Cascade Lake-Norris.

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A rare loop route—a day hike or an overnighter—to a large mountain lake and waterfall. The trail to Ice Lake gets fairly heavy traffi c, but most hikers go out and back to the lake. Few hikers turn this into one of the few easy loop trips in the park, as described here. In addition to making a nice day hike, Ice Lake provides a pleasant destination for an easy overnighter. Ice Lake is fairly large and deep, and the lodgepole forest grows tight against the lakeshore. The fires of 1988 burned much of the landscape around the lake." Read more
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Ice Lake Loop is an easy, incredibly diverse and lightly used hiking trail. The trail leads to a large and deep lake, a stunning 25-foot waterfall, a canyon with a cascading river, several river crossings and a pastoral meadow along the meandering Gibbon River. Part of the trail leads through a burn area from the 1988 fires. This area is blanketed with a new forest of small pine trees." Read more

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7/14/2008
We hiked the Little Gibbon Falls section of the hike from the unmarked trailhead to the falls. The trail gets a little marshy through the Virginia Meadows, but wear good boots and don't turn back. We saw fresh bear and buffalo scat on the trail, but no wildlife. There are two very short hills to climb. After viewing the falls from the top of the hill, continue down to the brink, where there is a large rock a few feet into the river which is great for photographs. Because the trailhead is unmarked, the trail was empty even during a busy July day. This is an easy hike which is well worth an hour of your trip.
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7/8/2004
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3/9/2001
A great hike to get the feel of the 1988 fires. The trail is flat and easy to follow (make sure you have a map though...there's a couple spots that can goof you up without a map!) You cross the Gibbon via logs in two places including the VERY nice Little Gibbon Falls. Rainbows abound above the falls. Brook Trout and Rainbows below. This is a great family hike. Be a little "bear-a-phobic" and make some noise. I have found lots of scat in the area. (but don't be overly concerned). The falls alone are worth the hike. You can do the trail "backwards" starting at the parking lot east (downhill so to speak)of Ice Lake. It's the lot overlooking the Gibbon. It's a very short (1 mi or so) hike to the falls. This hike gets a 4 because of the burn area....but maybe that's why you want to do it.
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