Shoshone Lake

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain1,575ft
Trailhead Elevation7,669ft
Elevation Min/Max7641/8036ft
Elevation Start/End7669/7667ft

Shoshone Lake

Shoshone Lake is a hiking trail in Teton County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 6.6 miles long and begins at 7,669 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 13.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,575 feet. The Little Bulger Geyser (elevation 7,795 feet), Union Geyser (elevation 7,828 feet), Little Giant Geyser (elevation 7,812 feet), Bronze Geyser (elevation 7,802 feet), and Shield Geyser (elevation 7,835 feet) geysers can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Bechler River, Oa2, 0a3, Shoshone Geyser Basin, 8g1, Shoshone Geyser Basin Horse Cutofff, South Shore Shoshone Lake and North Shore Shoshone Lake.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A four-day backpacking route around massive Shoshone Lake. A three-night, four-day trip with an easy first day, which leaves time for driving to the trailhead. Shoshone Lake is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in Yellowstone. In addition, paddlers come up the Lewis Channel and camp at the lake, which actually has more boat-access campsites (not covered in this book) than trail-access campsites. This is a very large (8,050 acres), very deep (205 feet maximum, with most of the lake more than 90 feet deep), forest-lined mountain lake." Read more
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"With no road access, forest-lined Shoshone Lake is the largest backcountry lake in the Lower 48 US states. An amazing geyser basin, good fishing, boat-in camping, and the possibility of extended backpacking and kayaking trips add to the allure. Nearly a third of all the park’s backcountry use is concentrated around the lake." Read more
Backpacking Wyoming (Wilderness Press)
Doug Lorain
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"The trip starts by following a wide, partly gravel and partly paved bike path (actually an old road) that travels through a typical Yellowstone forest of lodgepole pines with a few Engelmann spruces." Read more

Shoshone Lake Reviews

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Wonderfull backcountry hike. Manage your hike in order to see lonestargeyser erruption (every 3h). The trail goes along a little river, gentle up and down. We do recommand 8R5 campsite, 10 minutes off the main trail, on Shoshne lake Shore. No wood fire. We saw Grizzly scats, be bear aware, like everywhere else in yellowstone. We came back on the north trail, and delacy creek trail. We had to hitc-hike to come back to kepler cascade parking. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Skill Level
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Old Faithful; USGS Craig Pass, Shoshone Geyser Basin, and Lewis Falls
Local Maps

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Dec 2018