Clear Lake-Ribbon Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 279' 85 m
Descent: -294' -90 m
High: 7,959' 2,426 m
Low: 7,784' 2,373 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 21% (12°)
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“A nice mix of beautiful meadows, hydrothermal features, and lodgepole pine forests.”— Jake Bramante
It then enters a hall of trees where the Ribbon Lake - Artist Point Connector breaks off to the left. (Follow that for a short distance for a peek at a lily-pad covered pond.) Continuing on the Clear Lake - Ribbon Lake Trail as it wanders through a pretty mundane lodgepole forest that gradually works its way up a hill, then steeply descends right before the trail junction with the trail heading to Ribbon Lake.
The trail switchbacks and follows along another lily-pad pond surrounded by a meadow with a brief glimpse of Ribbon Lake. The trail doesn't follow right along the meadows, so the views through here are filtered. It passes one more little pond before joining back up with the Wapiti Lake Trail which can be followed back of create a nice loop.
The section of trail from the Clear Lake Trail junction to the Ribbon Lake - Artist Point Connector junction is frequently paired together for a nice loop involving the South Rim Trail.
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