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Grebe Lake Trail

Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Elevation: 8,100 Feet (2524.9 Meters) Approximately
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Length: 6 Miles (10.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer
TI Topo Maps: Mammoth Hot Springs
USGS Map: Crystal Falls and Cook Peak

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General Description

Grebe Lake Trail, located near Canyon Village, offers a moderately easy 6 mile roundtrip hike. There is little vertical rise on this 3-4 hour hike. This trail follows an old fire road through meadows and forest, some of which burned during the fires of 1988. Once at the lake you can connect with the Howard Eaton Trail.

Yellowstone has a designated backcountry campsite system, and a Backcountry Use Permit is required for all overnight stays. Each designated campsite has a maximum limit for the number of people and stock allowed per night. The maximum stay per campsite varies from 1 to 3 nights per trip. Campfires are permitted only in established fire pits. Wood fires are not allowed in some backcountry campsites. A food storage pole is provided at most designated campsites so that food and attractants may be secured from bears. Neither hunting nor firearms are allowed in Yellowstone's backcountry.

Permits may be obtained only in person and no more than 48 hours in advance of your trip.Permits are available from most ranger stations and visitor centers. In order to obtain the best information on trail conditions, permits should be obtained from the ranger station or visitor center nearest to the area where your trip is to begin. The Backcountry Use Permit is valid
only for the itinerary and dates specified. Backcountry travelers must have their permits in possession while in the backcountry.

Directions from Canyon Junction: Travel 3.5 miles (5.6 km) west on the Norris-Canyon Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Late September .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Yellowstone has a designated backcountry campsite system, and a Backcountry Use Permit is required for all overnight stays.
ICON Hiking & Walking Grebe Lake Trail

Related Activities
Canyon Visitor Center - The Canyon Visitor Center, located 1/8 mile southeast of Canyon Junction in the Canyon Village complex. The building was completed and open for public use in late summer 1957 as part of the Mission 66 project in Yellowstone.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168 , Yellowstone, WY, 82190, Phone: 307-344-7381


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