What are the top ten trail that are under 6 miles?
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This is a really subjective question, as there are many variables to help determine which trails at Yellowstone (or any park) are best for different people. For example, I had a great time and formed lasting memories on a hike to the top of Avalanche Peak Trail two years ago, which was about four miles to the top and back. It's in the Lake region of the park and the terrain is strenuous. If you're in that part of the park, allocate four hours for the hike, to be safe. (Note: Depending on your pace, the timing could vary quite a bit.) A lot depends on where you are staying (it's a big park) and the degree to which everyone in your group is physically up to the challenge. On the other end of the spectrum is Observation Point Trail, which is by Old Faithful and is only about one mile. It's easy to moderate in difficulty and should take only an hour. In the same vicinity is Lone Star Trail, which is 4.8 miles and has little elevation gain, so it's easy for anyone with a minimum level of fitness and good for the whole family. Another easy hike is Canyon Lake Trail by Canyon Village, which is 4.5 miles and should take a few hours. Lost Lake Trail starts behind the Roosevelt Lodge, is approximately four miles, takes two to three hours and is moderate in difficulty. Beaver Pond is another moderate trail at five miles, originating near Mammoth Hot Springs. Also moderate in difficulty is the Grebe Lake Trail in the Canyon area, which at six miles should take under four hours. Another more strenuous hike is Elephant Back Mountain Trail, which is four miles and originates a mile south of the Fishing Bridge Junction. Information on all of the trails I've just described is contained on a free "Save The Trails" map available at the Yellowstone IMAX Theater in West Yellowstone, which was made possible through the generous support of Nature Valley Granola Bars (one of our sponsors). These and a couple others were selected by those with local knowledge to give a broad range of options for visitors of all abilities and time constraints. You can find more in the Oh, Ranger!® guidebook, which is also a free resource. One of the best bets is to ask a ranger or park concessionaire, or stop in one of the visitor centers in the gateway communities for suggestions. (This holds true for all parks!) Locals often know best, which is what led me to the top of Avalanche Peak. (I highly recommend this trail if you're group is up to the challenge.) Along the way we took cover during a passing hail storm and witnessed a frightened bull elk charge right by us down the trail! That's something I'll never forget, along with the views from the top. On a clear day, you can see the Grand Tetons! I guarantee that once you venture off the pavement, even just a short distance, you'll be transported into another world. Have fun and be sure to let us know about your experiences!
11 years ago