Little Gibbon Falls - Camp, Canoe, and Hike near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
203-229 Norris Canyon Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA,Yellowstone National Park,Wyoming
44.7127270022, -110.62699872
Address: 203-229 Norris Canyon Rd, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
GPS: 44°42'45.8"N 110°37'37.2"W
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State: Wyoming

Lakes Waterfalls Ponds National Park

Camp, Canoe, and Hike

Ice Lake and Little Gibbon Falls Loop is a 4.5 mile loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, but there are many things to do at this location. You can hike, fish canoe, and camp. This is a kid friendly location and it is best to go during July through September. 

The Hayden Geological Survey of 1871 was led by geologist Ferdinand V. Hayden. The 1871 survey was not Hayden's first, but it was the first federally funded, geological exploration group to explore and further document features in the region that, then, became Yellowstone National Park. William Henry Jackson and John Merle Coulter of this second Hayden exploration, get credit for discovering Gibbon Falls in 1872.

If you decide to fish, make sure to get the right permissions from the park. If you catch a native fish to the park, you can only catch and release them. If it is nonnative, there is no limit to how many fish you can catch. Native fish include the cutthroat trout, mountain whitefish and Arctic grayling. Nonnative fish include: brown trout, brook trout, rainbow and lake trout. Fisherman are asked to only fish with single, pointed, barbless hook and lead-free artificial lures. All watercraft needs to have a permit purchased from the park service. 

Remember on your hikes to make noise and to carry bear spray, to keep wildlife away. If you come across wildlife, do no approach them under any circumstances. This is to ensure yours and their safety.

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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 Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

  1. Head northwest on Hwy 20 E
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (19.1 mi)
  2. Continue straight onto Grand Loop Rd
    Toll road
    Parts of this road may be closed at certain times or days
    (15.4 mi)
  3. Turn left onto Norris Canyon Rd
    Toll road
    May be closed at certain times or days
    Destination will be on the right
    (7.8 mi)
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Little Gibbon Falls - Yellowstone by Josh Oyler
YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK PART 2-GIBBON FALLS by Life Adventures with Eric and Melissa Little Gibbon Falls, Yellowstone National Park, WY by colong7034

Trails

Distance ?

3.8 miles

Real Ascent ?

465 feet

Real Descent ?

458 feet

Grade (-13° to 15°)

-24% to 27%

Distance ?

1.5 miles Round Trip

Elevation Gain ?

62 feet

Real Ascent ?

147 feet

Real Descent ?

85 feet

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Grade (-10° to 15°)

-18% to 27%

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

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