Eleanor Lake Trail

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Very Easy
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1.0 km
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3 m
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The Eleanor Lake Trail is a short and sweet hike in eastern Yellowstone. This short trail is family-friendly and a good choice for hikers of all ages and abilities. Eleanor Lake itself is a lovely little lake that is a popular spot for trout fishing.

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Route Description for Eleanor Lake Trail

The Eleanor Lake Trail is a lovely little hike in Yellowstone National Park. This trail may not be a grand adventure but it is a great way to stretch your legs and explore a low-traffic area of the Park. The Eleanor Lake Trail is short and easy and appropriate for families with young children. The Lake itself is a good spot to fish for trout; fishing in Eleanor Lake is usually permitted beginning in mid-July.

Beginning at the Avalanche Peak Trailhead, follow the path as it circles around Eleanor Lake. For a fun detour, check out the little waterfall located just off the trail near the southeast corner of the Lake.

For a more challenging and adventurous hike in the area, check out the Avalanche Peak Trail across the road.

Getting to the Eleanor Lake Trail Trailhead

This hike begins at the Avalanche Peak Trailhead on East Entrance Road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do

    May to October

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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