Cascade Creek Trail
ElevationAscent: 142' 43 m
Descent: -66' -20 m
High: 7,975' 2,431 m
Low: 7,890' 2,405 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A slightly longer alternative route to Cascade Lake from the Norris to Canyon Road.”— Tom Carter
The trail leaves the road and heads north across a small meadow, then climbs 50 feet into the forest. The trail parallels Cascade Creek (on your right), the outlet creek from Cascade Lake, but for most of the way it is out of view. It nears the creek at the .9 mile mark, and thereafter skirts the pretty meadow through which Cascade Creek flows. You'll not find any “cascades” along this stretch of Cascade Creek. It was actually named for the lovely 129-foot Crystal Falls a few miles down stream where the creek flows into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone between Upper and Lower Yellowstone Falls.
The trail ends at a junction with the Cascade Lake Trail. To reach the lake, turn left and continue on for another mile.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park