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Hiking & Walking: Wyoming > Yellowstone/Western Wyoming

Quick Facts

Ice Lake Trail

Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 7,900 Feet (2462.6 Meters) Approximately
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Handicapped Accessible: Yes Accessible backcountry site on lake, may need assistance to reach lake due to some terrain level change.
Length: 0.3 Miles (0.5 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Summer




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General Description

Ice Lake Trail, located on the Norris-Canyon road, offers an easy 0.3 miles of hiking. Ice Lake is a lovely, small lake nestled in the thick lodgepole pine forest. Some of the area was heavily burned in 1988. Hikers can continue from Ice Lake to Wolf Lake, Grebe Lake, and Cascade Lake, and then on to Canyon.

Backpacking:
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 Norris: Travel 3.5 miles east 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.
Yes
ICON Hiking & Walking Ice Lake Trail
Yes



Related Activities
Wolf Lake Cut-off Trail - Wolf Lake Cutoff Trail, located near Norris, offers a moderate six mile hike.



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