Cascade Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 99' 30 m
Descent: -115' -35 m
High: 8,031' 2,448 m
Low: 7,949' 2,423 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“Lake-fisherman’s paradise - pass by pretty meadows to Cascade Lake to angle for cutthroat & grayling”— Tom Carter
This is the shortest and best route to Cascade Lake. The first .3 miles the trail travels through dense lodgepole forests then drops to cross a small meadow. It then bends left and enters an area heavily burned by the 1988 fires. Soon you break out into a large beautiful meadow and travel along its north side, next to the treeline, for more than a 1/2 mile.
At the 1.3-mile mark the trail passes a junction with the Cascade Creek Trail (on the left). Turn right and continue through the fire-burned forests another .4 miles and enter a second large meadow. The trail continues across the meadow and ends on the north side of Cascade Lake at a junction with the Howard Eaton Trail and the Observation Peak Trail. Nearby is campsite 4E4.
Nice-sized Cascade Lake has a surface area of 36 acres and a maximum depth of 36 feet. Fishing is good for native Yellowstone Cutthroat Trout and Arctic Grayling planted here from a fish hatchery at Grebe Lake (2 miles further west). These two lakes are some of the only ones in Yellowstone that sport populations of highly sought-after, large dorsal-finned grayling.
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