ElevationAscent: 569' 173 m
Descent: -569' -173 m
High: 6,804' 2,074 m
Low: 6,244' 1,903 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“An easy, out-and-back hike along an absurdly scenic valley to a beautiful lake complete with waterfalls and wildlife.”— Amber Scott
Features Birding · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · Fishing · Geological Significance · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly While this might seem like a long day for some wee ones, this is one of the shorter hikes in the area. The tangible end point, easy climbing, and well-built trail make this a good family adventure.
Elk Lake makes a perfect place to stop for a snack before returning if you're out for just a shorter hike. There aren't a ton of camping spots, so either plan on arriving early in the day or be ready to go deeper into the mountains—just always remember to camp responsibly and respectfully!
Elk Lake has limited fishing opportunities, so if that's your goal, consider heading father into the mountains to Rimrock Lake.
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Land Manager: USFS - Shoshone National Forest Office