The Pelican Creek Nature Trail is an easy 0.8 mile lollipop loop in Yellowstone National Park that winds along wetlands and the shores of Yellowstone Lake. The quick and easy hike offers great views of wetlands lining the massive lake.
Pelican Creek Nature Trail Description
From the parking area, begin by winding through the woods along lining Pelican Creek to the left. The loop soon begins after veering away from the wetlands. Heading clockwise, you’ll quickly rejoin the wetlands once again. As you continue along the loop, you’ll catch frequent glimpses of the wide creek spilling into Yellowstone Lake.
The trail then pops out along the lake’s shore, allowing for a spectacular and unique view of Yellowstone Lake. The trail continues to wind along the shore in and out of the forest, ultimately steering back into the forest. A brief meander through the evergreens will bring you back to the loop’s origin. From there, continue back up the trail and back to the parking area.
From the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center, head east on East Entrance Road for 0.9 miles, turning right into the parking area just before the bridge.
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