Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Trails in Yellowstone

Artist Paint Pots Trail

This is one of the overlooked yet wonderful short hikes of Yellowstone. The trail winds across a wet meadow on boardwalk then enters a partially burned lodgepole pine forest. The thermal area within the short loop at the end of the trail contains some of the most colorful hot ...

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Avalanche Peak Trail

Avalanche Peak Trail, located near Lake Village, offers a strenuous 5 mile roundtrip hike. This trail climbs steeply (1,800 ft in 2.5 miles) without the benefit of switchbacks. It passes through the forest and into an old avalanche slide area. It continues through the whitebark pine forest to a ...

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Beaver Ponds Loop Trail

The trail follows the creek up Clematis Gulch, climbing 350 feet through Douglas-fir trees. The beaver ponds are reached after hiking 2.5 miles through open meadows of sagebrush and stands of aspen. Elk, mule deer, pronghorn, moose, beaver dams and lodges, and the occasional beaver and black bear may ...

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Black Sand and Biscuit Basin Trails

Easily accessed by boardwalks less than a mile in length, Emerald Pool, Sunset Lake, Jewel Geyser, and Sapphire Pool are among the features found in these less visited basins. Both areas are included in the Old Faithful area trail guide. Trailhead: 0.5 and 2 miles north of Old Faithful area, ...

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Blacktail Deer Creek-Yellowstone River Trail

This trail follows Blacktail Deer Creek as it descends 1,100 feet through rolling, grassy hills and Douglas-fir where it reaches the Yellowstone River. The trail continues across the Yellowstone River on a steel suspension bridge and joins the Yellowstone River Trail. The trail continues downriver, passing Knowles Falls and ...

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Bunsen Peak Trail

This gradual 1,300 foot climb to the summit of Bunsen Peak provides a panoramic view of the Blacktail Plateau, Swan Lake Flats, Gallatin Mountain Range, and the Yellowstone River Valley. Return by the same route or take the trail down the back side to Osprey Falls trailhead (about 2 ...

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Cascade Lake Trail

This hike takes 3 hours and is an enjoyable walk through open meadows and over small creeks for those with limited time. Look for wildlife and wildflowers in season. Most years, this trail remains very wet and muddy through July. Trailhead: Cascade Lake Picnic Area, 1.5 miles north of Canyon ...

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Cygnet Lakes Trail

This trail travels through intermittently burned lodgepole pine forest and past small marshy ephemeral ponds to the lush meadows surrounding Cygnet Lakes (small and boggy). Day use only! Trail not maintained beyond Cygnet Lakes. Trailhead: Pullout on south side of Norris-Canyon road approximately 5.5 miles west of Canyon Junction Distance: 8 ...

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Duck Lake Trail

Duck Lake Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate one mile hike. Climb a small hill for a view of Duck and Yellowstone lakes and explore the effects of the 1988 fires that swept through this area. Trail descends to lakeshore. Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box ...

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Elephant Back Mountain Trail

Elephant Back Mountain Trail, located near Lake Village, offers a moderately strenuous 3 mile loop hike. This trail climbs 800 ft (244 km) in 1-1/2 miles (2.4 km) through a dense lodgepole pine forest. After a mile, the trail splits into a loop. The left fork is the shortest ...

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Fairy Falls Trail

At 200 feet high, Fairy Falls is an impressive backcountry sight. It can be reached from two different trailheads. The first trailhead, 1 mile south of the Midway Geyser Basin, begins at a steel bridge across the Firehole River and follows the Fountain Freight Road hiking/biking trail for approximately ...

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Falls River Basin Trail

This loop trail is a great overnighter or long Day trip. Great scenery and options of side trip to 4 lakes make this a spectacular trip. An other point that sets this trail apart is that it is one of the flattest 15 mile loops to be found in ...

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Fountain Paint Pot Trail

Yellowstone's four types of thermal features can be seen in one short walk along this loop trail: geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. A trail guide is available for this area, which also includes the Firehole Lake Drive area. Trailhead: Parking area 8 miles north of Old Faithful Distance: 0.5 mile ...

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Garnet Hill and Hellroaring Trails

Garnet Hill and Hellroaring Trails, located near Tower-Roosevelt, offers three hiking options with distances between 4 to 10 miles. To access the Garnet Hill Loop Trail, park in the large parking area to the east of the service station at Tower Junction. Walk down the road toward the Northeast ...

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Geyser Hill Loop Trail

This short loop trail gives visitors a good chance of seeing a variety of geysers, from the ever-entertaining Anemone with its short intervals of 5-10 minutes to the impressive Beehive with its unpredictable eruptions reaching 100-150 feet! Trailhead: Boardwalk in front of Old Faithful Visitor Center Distance: 1.3 mile (3.3 km) ...

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