“Forests, cliffs, climbing, wetlands, marsh, lakes, and thermal features all to yourself!”
— Bill Sycalik
Featured Race Aug 12, 2016
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This run features amazing, varied terrain. If you want to experience the variety of Yellowstone National Park, take this route on a counterclockwise loop of Lake Shoshone. Experience challenging singletrack with some climbing, beautiful lake and valley views, running along the lake in fine sand, fording a lake inlet, running three-quarters of a mile in marshland with water up to mid-calf, and the BEST running through the Shoshone Geyser Basin! It was amazing to have the Geyser Basin all to myself.
Features: Birding — Geyser — Lake — River/Creek — Swimming — Views — Wildlife
Need to Know
The entire run is above 7,700 feet. Watch for altitude sickness. Bring bear spray as you are in grizzly country.
Your feet will be wet in two sections of the course. If needed, bring extra socks to change. In sections of the trail which leaves a singletrack setting - along the lake in the sand or in the marsh - there are large orange blazes which can be seen from some distance. They note the entrance back into the singletrack trail.
This lollipop course starts and ends at the DeLacy Creek Trailhead parking lot. Follow DeLacy Creek Trail
to Shoshone Lake Trail
. Take the Shoshone Lake Trail
all the way around the lake and back. The trail is very well marked.
I'm not sure there is a better example of all the features Yellowstone has to offer. There is some mountainous singletrack - not aggressively technical but you need to be mindful. When down at the lakeside, you run in the sand. The lake is the second largest body of water in Yellowstone. The trail also goes through a surprising amount of marshland. There is NO WAY to avoid getting your feet wet as you spend three quarters of a mile or so in ankle deep water. The inlet to ford toward the end also does not have a dry way across. At the time, the water was above the knee.
Flora & Fauna
Bears, moose, birds, and thermal features - geysers, basins.