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    Wolf Lake Trail

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    11.1 km
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    228 m
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    The Wolf Lake Trail is a beautiful route in Yellowstone National Park. This trail can either be done as a day hike or an overnight backpacking trip by camping out at Wolf Lake. This trail does not see a ton of traffic. It can be a great place to escape the crowds and enjoy some peace and quiet in the Wyoming wilderness.

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    Route Description for Wolf Lake Trail

    The Wolf Lake Trail is a gorgeous route in Yellowstone National Park. This trail can get wet and swampy, especially after a rainstorm. We recommend wearing waterproof hiking boots and bringing along a spare pair of socks in case you get your feet wet. With undulating terrain and beautiful meadows along the way, the Wolf Lake Trail is a great place to spend the day exploring the wonder and beauty of Yellowstone National Park.

    Beginning at the Wolf Lake Cutoff Trailhead, follow the path northeast along the Gibbon River. After about three-quarters of a mile, cross over the river and continue northeast to a divide. Take the trail on your right and continue along the path to a second river crossing. Shortly after this second river crossing, you will arrive at Wolf Lake.

    Enjoy your time relaxing on the shores of Wolf Lake. Then, when you are ready to head home, simply turn around and retrace your steps back to the Wolf Lake Cutoff Trailhead, where you began.

    Getting to the Wolf Lake Trail Trailhead

    This trail begins at the Wolf Lake Cutoff Trailhead on the northside of Norris Canyon Road, approximately 6.0 km east of the Norris Geyser Basin Museum.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Wolf Lake, Wolf Lake Outlet

    • When to do

      May to September

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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