Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Trails in Yellowstone

Observation Peak

Hike to Cascade Lake from either of its two trailheads. From the lake, this strenuous, 1,400 foot climb in 3 miles will take roughly 3 hours. The hike takes you to a high mountain peak for an outstanding view of the Yellowstone wilderness. The trail passes through open meadows ...

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Observation Point Loop Trail

This trail gains about 200 ft. in elevation to a prominent overlook providing a great view of the Upper Geyser Basin. Trailhead: Firehole River footbridge behind Old Faithful Geyser Distance: 1.1 mile (1.8 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Moderate Visitor Information 307-344-7381 (recorded information) Directions Directions from Old Faithful Geyser: Travel to the Firehole River ...

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Osprey Falls Trail

The trail follows the old roadbed for 2.5 miles through grassland and burnt forest. The Osprey Falls trail veers off the old road and follows the rim of Sheepeater Canyon before descending in a series of switchbacks to the bottom of Sheepeater Canyon. The Gardner River plunges over a ...

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Pelican Creek Trail

Pelican Creek Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy one mile loop hike. This short but diverse trail passes through the forest to the lakeshore before looping back across the marsh along Pelican Creek to the trailhead. It is a scenic introduction to a variety of Yellowstone's habitats ...

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Pelican Valley Trail

Pelican Valley Trail, located near Lake Village, offers a moderate 6 mile roundtrip hike that winds through the Pelican Valley providing views of the broad open valley and forest, some of the best grizzly habitat in the lower 48 states. It reaches the footbridge in 3 miles (5 km). ...

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Purple Mountain Trail

This trail ascends through intermittent burned lodgepole pine forest and ends with a nice view of the Firehole Valley and lower Gibbon Valley; some views of the Madison Junction area are also visible. Close to Madison Campground. Trailhead:1/4 mile north of Madison Junction on the Madison-Norris road, limited parking Distance: 6 ...

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Rescue Creek Trail

This trail follows the Blacktail Deer Creek trail for the first 3/4 mile until meeting Rescue Creek trail. The trail climbs gradually through aspens and open meadows before beginning a 1,400 foot descent to the Gardner River. The trail crosses a foot bridge over the river and ends one ...

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Riddle Lake Trail

Riddle Lake Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 5 mile roundtrip hike crossing the Continental Divide. Hike through small mountain meadows and forests to the shores of a picturesque little lake. Look for moose in the marshy meadows and for birds near the lake. ...

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Sepulcher Mountain Trail

This trail follows the Beaver Ponds Trail to the Sepulcher Mountain Trail junction. This trail rises 3,400 feet through pine trees and open meadows until the 9,652 foot summit of Sepulcher is reached. To complete the loop, continue along the opposite side of the mountain through a broad open ...

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Seven Mile Hole Trail

This hike takes 6-8 hours to complete. Following the Canyon Rim for the first 1.5 miles (2.4 km), you will be rewarded with views of Silver Cord Cascade. Continue north another 0.5 mile (0.8 km) to join the Washburn Spur Trail; at 3 miles (4.8 km), the trail drops ...

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Shoshone Lake Trail

Shoshone Lake Trail, located near Grant Village and West Thumb, offers a moderate 6 mile roundtrip hike along a forest's edge and through open meadows to the shores of Yellowstone's largest backcountry lake. Look for wildlife in meadows. Backpacking: Yellowstone has a designated backcountry campsite system, and a Backcountry Use Permit ...

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Slough Creek Trail

Slough Creek Trail, located near Tower-Roosevelt, offers a moderately strenuous to easy 2-5 mile hike. This is both a scenic walk and a fishing trail, a favorite of catch-and-release anglers from around the country. The trail follows a historic wagon trail up Slough Creek through several meadows and over Plateau ...

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Solfatara Creek

The trail follows Solfatara Creek for a short distance to the junction with Ice Lake Trail, it then parallels a power line for most of the way to Whiterock Springs. It climbs a short distance up to Lake of the Woods (difficult to find as it's off trail a ...

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Sportsman Lake Trail

Sportsman Lake Trail, located near Mammoth, offers hiking and backpacking into Yellowstone's backcountry. During the trip you will pass under Sepulcher Mountain and Electric Peak before arriving at Sportsman Lake. Some hikers recommend planning a 4 day trip on this route, this allows one day to climb Electric Peak, ...

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Storm Point Trail

Storm Point Trail, located near Lake Village, offers an easy 2 mile loop hike. This trail begins in the open meadows overlooking Indian Pond and Yellowstone Lake. The trail passes by the pond before turning right (west) into the forest. It continues through the trees and out to scenic, ...

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