Duck Lake - Hike near Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park
Grand Loop Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA,Grant Village,Wyoming
44.41663684919535, -110.57553761599837
Address: Grand Loop Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
GPS: 44°24'59.9"N 110°34'31.9"W
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State: Wyoming
Trails/Routes: 0.4 mi

Lakes Trails National Park

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Duck Lake Trail is located near Grant Village and West Thumb. This is a simple 0.8 miles hike that takes you through the Lodgepole pine forest. This hike is special because the surrounding forest  details the catastrophic effects of 1988 wildfires. The forest also displays its resilience as saplings push through the soil to replenish the forest. The path for the trail begins on the main road across from the parking lot.The trail itself goes up a hill and then as you reach the peak of the hill, the beautiful Duck Lake is exposed.The hill then slopes onto the shore of Duck Lake creating a sandy beach feel.There are many tress that have fallen along the shoreline due to the fire. These trees can be used as a seating area, or picnic area.This trail is great for hikers of all ages.The hardest portion of the hike is the beginning, but making it over the hill will be well worth it. The lake can be enjoyed for its scenic value. Duck Lake has many calming properties because it is a very still lake. Apart from wind forming ripples, you won't see much action in the lake itself. If you'd like, you can also take a stroll along the beach and relax. 

Except for the occasional buzz of cars near the west end of the lake, you might have little idea that this lake is just 100 yards from the highway. Many hikers have said that the most peaceful time is during the evening right before the sun sets over the lake. 

WARNING: This location is not considered a swimming area and would be best if you wore closed-toe shoes and kept shoes on because leeches have been reported. 

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  4. Leave what you find
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Directions

From Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head north toward Rainbow Loop (105 ft)
  2. Turn left onto Rainbow Loop (315 ft)
  3. Turn left onto Grant Village Rd (1.0 mi)
  4. Turn right onto US-191 N/US-287 N/US-89 N
    Toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (1.8 mi)
  5. Turn right onto US-20 E
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    Destination will be on the left
    (0.2 mi)
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Parking for the hike is the same as for that for West Thumb Geyser Basin, a quarter of a mile from the edge of Yellowstone Lake. The path starts just across the main road.

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Distance ?

0.4 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-5 feet

Real Ascent ?

97 feet

Real Descent ?

102 feet

Avg Grade (-0°)

-0%

Grade (-13° to 8°)

-24% to 14%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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