Lewis River Channel / Dogshead Loop - Canoe, Hike, and Kayak near Grant Village, Yellowstone National Park
Continental Divide Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA,Grant Village,Wyoming
44.32019784173166, -110.59967788704182
Address: Continental Divide Trail, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
GPS: 44°19'12.7"N 110°35'58.8"W
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State: Wyoming
Trail Length: 10.00 miles
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Difficulty: Intermediate
Elevation Gain: 3 feet

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Canoe, Hike, and Kayak

Anyone who doesn't want to backpack through Yellowstone but is looking to experience the real beauty of Yellowstone will truly love this hike.

Walking along the Lewis Channel is one of the best parts of this hike. After passing the trailhead, Lewis Lake shines brightly as the sun hits it. This is the perfect scenery and views of the Grand Teton. If you head west on your hike, you will soon come to the river channel which is very serene because the trail brings you right along the edge of the lake. 

As you reach the end of the Lewis Channel trail you’ll see the Outlet Patrol Cabin and Shoshone Lake. The lake is a shimmering lake of crystal clear water and is surrounded by mountains covered in tall trees. There is a lot of driftwood along the shore which offers a wonderful spot to stop for lunch. One of the Shoshone Lake’s claim to fame is that it’s the largest lake in the continental United States without a road to it. Spend some time listening to the silence and feeling peace surround you.

This is a favorite hike and scenic area filled with birds like Osprey, Bald eagles and Ravens. Don't forget to pack your inflatable kayak to enjoy the water and nature around you. 

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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 left onto US-191 S/US-287 S/US-89 S
    Partial toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (5.2 mi)
  4. Turn right (374 ft)
  5. Turn right (46 ft)
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From Cody take the North Fork Highway to the East Entrance. At the Fishing Bridge Junction turn left onto the Grand Loop Road to the West Thumb Junction. Turn left again. Grant Village is two miles and the trailhead is another five miles past Grant. Look for the sign on the right stating “Lewis Channel and Dogshead.”

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DogsHead - LewisChannel Loop by hike734
Crossing the Lewis Channel at Shoshone Lake in Yel by MyOwnFrontier

Trails

Distance ?

11.5 miles

Elevation Gain ?

2 feet

Real Ascent ?

934 feet

Real Descent ?

932 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

0%

Grade (-13° to 9°)

-23% to 17%

Distance ?

2.1 miles

Elevation Gain ?

-16 feet

Real Ascent ?

58 feet

Real Descent ?

74 feet

Avg Grade (-0°)

-0%

Grade (-4° to 1°)

-7% to 3%

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

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