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Hiking Yellowstone National Park
by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
A popular, easy day hike with a rare opportunity to view spawning trout.
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
Trout Lake, a great rainbow trout fishing lake, sits in a beautiful bowl. The round, twelve-acre lake is surrounded by rolling meadows, Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forests, and a sheer rock mountain wall to the north. From the lake are views of Mount Hornaday, The Thunderer, Druid Peak and Frederick Peak.
Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains
by Robert Stone (The Globe Pequot Press)
Trout Lake is a 12-acre backcountry lake fed by a stream formed on the steep mountains to its north and west. It is known for its excellent trout fishing. The round lake sits in a depression on a high bench above Soda Butte Creek Canyon along the base of Mount Hornaday and Druid Peak. The scenic tarn is surrounded by rolling meadows, evergreen forests, and a sheer rock mountain wall to the north. The short trail zigzags up to a small ridge in a Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forest, where the first views of Trout Lake emerge. From the crest, the trail drops into the scenic lake basin at the dam and outlet stream. The path circles the perimeter of the lake through the grassy, rolling terrain with views of mountains in every direction.
Great short hike! We did this in the early morning and had the place to ourselves. Other hikers have left walking sticks at the trailhead sign. Very quaint. The hike in is steep but short and there's a great trail all around the lake. We didn't have much luck fishing (the fish are very smart, having most-likely been caught-and-released many times), but the lake was crystal clear, giving great views of them. Nice wildlife opportunities, including ducks and a glimpse of a bald eagle. Overall, one of our favorite hikes, due to the solitude.
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