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Cottonwood Lake

Cottonwood Lake

Quick details:

Length: Less than 1 mile

Difficulty: Easy

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.

Trail overview:

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.

Additional information:

Estimated hiking time: Hour or less

Facilities: None

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.

January 1, 2021 at 12:49:30 AM

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