Harlequin Lake Trail - Hike near Madison, Yellowstone National Park
Harlequin Lake, Wyoming 82190, USA,Madison,Wyoming
44.640465585059985, -110.8873916999695
Address: Harlequin Lake, Wyoming 82190, USA
GPS: 44°38'25.7"N 110°53'14.6"W
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State: Wyoming

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Harlequin Lake Trail is a beautiful short hike that can be taken in under an hour. This scenic hike is easy and family friendly, making it the perfect activity to add to any Yellowstone visit.

The trail begins on Highway 191 just west of Madison Campground and Madison Canyon. There are several pullout areas near the trailhead where parking is available.  Harlequin Lake Trail is approximately a half mile there and back. The trail is level and well established, making this a walk for hikers of any level.

The trail is surrounded by a pine forest made up of both large old trees and small new ones. Hikers on Harlequin Lake trail can also enjoy a view of the small, pine covered mountains in the distance.

At the end of the trail hikers enjoy a close-up view of Harlequin Lake. The lake is covered in lily pads with colorful flowers, and several varieties of waterfowls are frequently seen on the lake. This lake is named after the Harlequin duck that can be frequently seen in this area.

Despite its proximity to the highway, this beautiful hike is quiet and low in traffic making this a wonderful respite from the crowds that often occupy the busier Yellowstone areas. This easily accessible and walkable hike to Harlequin Lake is one you won’t want to miss.

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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

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From Madison, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head north toward US-191 N/US-287 N/Hwy 20 W (210 ft)
  2. Turn left onto US-191 N/US-287 N/Hwy 20 W
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    (1.5 mi)
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Trails

Distance ?

0.8 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

96 feet

Real Ascent ?

126 feet

Real Descent ?

30 feet

Avg Grade (3°)

5%

Grade (-6° to 10°)

-11% to 17%

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

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