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Difficulty 2 of 5
Route Finding 2 of 5
Distance Lasso-Loop 3.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,712 feet
Elevation Gain 118 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 4.09
Interest Seasonal Creek & Perennial Creek
Backpack Yes & Connecting
Dogs not allowed
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7  2008-08-03 AZLOT69
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Preferred   Jul, Aug, Jun, Sep → 9 AM
Seasons   Late Spring to Early Autumn
Sun  7:16am - 4:55pm
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Seldom a Calm Moment
by AZLOT69

Yellowstone Lake is the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America. It covers over 136 square miles. Located on the north end of the lake is a rock outcropping feature know as Storm Point. That is the object of this family friendly hike.

The trailhead is located directly across the road from Pelican Creek and Pelican Valley which is the best feeding ground and location of the most grizzly bear sightings in the park. A check with rangers prior to taking this hike is a good idea as the Storm Point Trail is frequently closed due to bear activity.


The trail is relatively flat as it starts out across a meadow and comes very close to Indian Pond which is still named Squaw Lake on the Topo maps. Take your time and perhaps you will see some of the variety of bird life present. The trail continues into a lightly forested area. Perhaps you will notice Buffalo scat on or around the trail. The Buffalo also frequent this area and remember to give them lots of space if you should encounter one. Because of the frequency of large mammal sightings on this trail the rangers suggest making noise or just talking while hiking to let them know you are in the area. At the lakefront even on a nice day it will be blustery as the wind generally comes from the south across the lake and you might get pelted with sand. Across the lake to the south lies Stevenson Island and behind it Mt Sheridan. The rock outcropping in front of you house a Marmot colony. They are not shy and will generally put on a show. When you have had your fill walk along the lakeshore to the west for about a quarter mile and gradually you will pick you a trail that swings to the north headed into the trees. Quickly the wind dies down as you enter what seems to be a canyon. Surrounded by Lodge pole Pines which tower above you the forest is so thick you almost immediately lose all sense of direction. The trees are so close together that in the wind they grind on each other making odd noises which will keep you on guard. The trail meanders and finally comes out at the meadow where you started. The trail crosses the meadow and when you come to an unmarked junction you should be able to see your car and the road by the trailhead. Veer left here and return to the trailhead.

AZLOT69
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$
    NPS

    Yellowstone National Park
    Entrance Fees $25 per car & $12 per person


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    Paved - Car Okay

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    The trailhead is located 3 miles east of Fishing Bridge on the East entrance road, highways 20-16-14. South side of the street. Parking room for about 10 cars.
    page created by AZLOT69 on Aug 16 2008 9:46 am
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