Riddle Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain269ft
Trailhead Elevation7,992ft
Elevation Min/Max7921/7992ft
Elevation Start/End7992/7992ft

Riddle Lake

Riddle Lake is a hiking trail in Teton County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 2.4 miles long and begins at 7,992 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 269 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"This is a pleasant stroll to a scenic mountain lake—and probably America’s flattest hike that crosses the Continental Divide. This ranks as one of Yellowstone’s easiest hikes to a backcountry lake. It’s just over 2 miles and fl at as a mountain lake—even though you hike over the Continental Divide! The trail is in great shape and passes through unburned forest and past several small meadows. Some of the meadows stay marshy until late July, so you might get your feet wet—although some of the small stream crossings have footbridges."
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Riddle Lake Trail is an easy hike thorough a lodgepole forest and meadows patterned with streams. Although the hike is level, Riddle Lake is located only one mile from the Continental Divide. The 274-acre lake and the marsh to its west are home to a large variety of birds. The trail heads to the north of the lake and bypasses the marsh. However, the area can be wet in May and June. Mosquito repellent is recommended."

Riddle Lake Trip Reports

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Beautiful walk, easy hiking conditions. We did not see any bear or moose, but we saw the Trumpeter Swan, the Common Loon and the lake was awesome. Well worth the hike.
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This was a very easy, but nice hike through burnt trees and numerous wildflowers. This is big time bear country, so be carefull. It usually doesnt open until late July because of bear management policies. This is pretty hike with beachlike shores at the lake.
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This is a very nice hike to a very nice lake...but be very "bear-a-phobic". This is one of the few places in Yellowstone in my 15+ years of hiking and fishing Yellowstone that I have had a grizzly incident (he chased us off the lake in 2000). In fact, this trail is normally closed till later in the season to give the bears some space.

There is normally a Ranger Guided hike that you can sign up for ... highly recommended. Very educational.

If you hike this trail, make noise and pay attention. Bear spray is a good idea.

The hike itself is flat and easy and is about 1 hour ... 3 miles in.

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Trail Information

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Trails Illustrated Old Faithful; USGS Mount Sheridan
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