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

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Duck Lake Trail is located near Grant Village and West Thumb. This is an easy half-mile hike (one mile, round trip) that takes you through the lodgepole pine forest which is still recovering from the 1988 wildfires. 

The hike leads you to a sandy beach and you can overlook a scenic and peaceful lake. The shore of Duck Lake is really nice as it’s a broad, sandy shore. As you walk across the beach you will find various logs on the shoreline that are piled up into makeshift teepees which make for a fun view.

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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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head south on Grant Campground Rd (0.7 mi)
  2. Turn right onto Grant Village Rd (1.0 mi)
  3. Turn right onto US-191 N/US-287 N/US-89 N
    Partial toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (1.8 mi)
  4. Turn right onto Hwy 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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Duck Lake by hike734 MVI 7050   Duck Lake next to West Thumb of Lake Ye by blisstanger

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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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