Length: Less than 1 mile
Trail Surface: Dirt Trail, Dirt Road
Scenery: Wildflowers, Lake, Forest, Basin
Directions: From Afton, Wyoming, head south on United States Highway 89 for approximately 8.3 miles, then make left turn on Cottonwood Creek Road/County Road 153. Shortly after the Cottonwood Creek Road enters the Bridger-Teton National Forest and turns into Forest Service Road 10208 (FS-10208). Follow FS-10308 for about 6 miles to the lake.
A hike for all ages. The trail starts on the north side of Cottonwood Lake and then moves southeast along the east side of the lake. The trail is unpaved but very flat, easy for kids. Visitors can enjoy beautiful views of Cottonwood Lake's clear, cold waters. While the lake is quite remote, car traffic to and from the lake can be fairly heavy in peak summer months. The road to drive can be quite bumpy.
Estimated hiking time: Hour or less
Configuration: Out and back
Exposure: Moderate Shade
Trail Traffic: Light
Dogs: Yes, on leash
Access Fees: Free
Gear to Take: Sunscreen, hat, bug spray, backpack, snacks, water, fishing pole, and swimsuit.
Covid19 Requirements: As long as government regulations permit, the public trail system is still open for use. Masks should be used in areas where 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained between individuals. Extra care should be taken when using public facilities, including (but not limited to) bathrooms, public handrails, picnic areas, etc. The use of sanitation wipes and hand sanitizer is encouraged.