Yellowstone National Park: Shoshone Lake via DeLacy Creek Trail

Visit the black sand beaches of Shoshone Lake, the largest backcountry lake in Yellowstone National Park, on this scenic 6.1-miler just minutes from Old Faithful.
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Visit the black sand beaches of Shoshone Lake, the largest backcountry lake in Yellowstone National Park, on this scenic 6.1-miler just minutes from Old Faithful.

Roughly ten minutes east of Old Faithful, this rolling, 6.1-mile out-and-back to Shoshone Lake is perfect for Old Faithful visitors looking to stretch their legs away from the crowds. From the parking area next to Grand Loop Road, cross the highway and pick up the DeLacy Creek Trail.

The path immediately descends to creek level and enters thick woods carpeted with grass. Cruise beneath shady trees, then hike across open plains to the black sand beaches of Shoshone Lake, the largest backcountry lake in Yellowstone National Park. Take a dip in the lake, or explore the network of trails that surround it. When you're ready, turn around and retrace your route back to the parking area.

MORE PARK INFO: Yellowstone National Park, (307) 344-7381; nps.gov/yell/.
-Mapped by Jeff Chow

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.8

Waypoints

DEL001

Location: 44.446773, -110.70111

From the parking area next to Grand Loop Road, carefully cross the highway and pick up the DeLacy Creek Trail on the other side; the path immediately descends to creek level. Next, follow the wide footpath that enters thick woods carpeted with green grass.

DEL002

Location: 44.440625, -110.698489

The trail travels across small boardwalks under thick canopy.

DEL003

Location: 44.435174, -110.697491

Cross a small stream that flows through an open meadow. Continue hiking south, skirting the edge of the meadow all the way to Shoshone Lake.

DEL004

Location: 44.421781, -110.700645

Cross the field (slight descent). Look for coyotes in the open.

DEL005

Location: 44.410585, -110.695571

Get your first glimpse of Shoshone Lake; the trees obscure its immensity.

DEL006

Location: 44.408439, -110.695297

Black sand beaches of obsidian (volcanic glass) flank the north shore of Shoshone Lake, the second largest lake in Yellowstone. Keep an eye out for mallards and sandhill cranes that live in this area. To add more mileage to your hike, explore the network of trails that surround the lake. To add more fun, jump in!

First Glimpse of Shoshone Lake

Location: 44.41047, -110.695482

DeLacy Creek Trailhead

Location: 44.446603, -110.701706

DeLacy Creek Trail

Location: 44.443881, -110.700937

DeLacy Creek

Location: 44.440429, -110.698113

Golden Meadows

Location: 44.434811, -110.697278

First Glimpse of Shoshone Lake

Location: 44.410585, -110.695453

First Glimpse of Shoshone Lake

Location: 44.410355, -110.695474

Trail Sign

Location: 44.408621, -110.695147

Shoshone Lake

Location: 44.408608, -110.695144

Shoshone Lake

Location: 44.408594, -110.695142