Camping at Ice Lake

Rate this Adventure Wyoming Ice Lake Trailhead

Added by Trent Sizemore

  • Distance: 2 miles round trip
  • Duration: overnight
  • Elevation gain: none
  • A secluded backcountry campsite in Yellowstone
  • Crystal clear lake
  • Make sure you get a permit before hand

The trailhead for Ice Lake starts at a small parking area along the Norris-Canyon Road, at around 8,000 feet elevation.The trail is very flat, with no noticeable elevation gain. This is a very family friendly hike, perfect for kids introduction to backpacking with such a short hike in.

You'll notice a large number of downed older trees, and shorter new trees. These were caused by the wildfires that frequent Yellowstone. It makes for a unique, yet not the most scenic landscape. At 0.7 miles from the trailhead, you'll come to an intersection with a trail that goes to Norris Campground. Here, you'll go right and campsite 4D1 will be a few hundred yards on the right.

This is a backcountry campsite, and therefore requires a backcountry permit. You can get a permit no more than 48 hours beforehand, or you can submit an application to reserve your spot before the season. Snow, mud, and mosquitoes are likely here through mid-June.

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Added by Trent Sizemore

My love for the outdoors began with fishing the more secluded beaches in Florida. From there, I explored all around the Appalachian mountains and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. In May, I moved to Grand Teton National Park, and now live in West Yellowstone, Montana.

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