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Duck Lake

Grasses and wildflowers growing along the shores of Duck Lake. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Duck Lake is an easy 0.5 mile (one way) trail to a beautiful glacial lake, originating at the West Thumb Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park. The trail winds through a serene forest recovering from the ’88 fires to reach its relaxing destination.

Duck Lake Trail Description

Look for the trailhead on the north end of the West Thumb Geyser Basin parking area. It can also be described as closest to the main loop road. You’ll quickly cross the road, heading into a large forest. The trail begins climbing gradually through the relatively young forest, still growing back from the ’88 fires that burned roughly one-third of the entire park.

As you begin to crest the hill, you’ll pass below power lines. Just beyond this point, the bright blue lake becomes visible below and through the trees. You’ll then begin to descend in elevation as the trail begins approaching Duck Lake. It will wrap around the lake continuing its descent, where you’ll then make a couple of quick switchbacks down to the shore of the colorful lake.

Once at Duck Lake, you’re free to explore its shores and relax. When ready, head back out the same way you came in.

Getting There

From the West Thumb Geyser Basin, look for the trailhead at the north end of the parking lot.

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