Hiking Yellowstone National Park  by Bill Schneider

Hiking Yellowstone National Park Guide Book

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Yellowstone National Park  by Bill Schneider
Yellowstone National Park crosses the boundaries of three states (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) and has five entrance stations: North, Northeast, East, South, and West. You can drive into the park from five gateway communities—Red Lodge, Gardiner, and West Yellowstone in Montana or Cody and Jackson in Wyoming. In addition, you can enter the park at the Bechler River Ranger Station in the far southwestern corner of the park, accessed from Ashton, Idaho. Expect to pay a fee to enter the park.

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Trails from the "Hiking Yellowstone National Park" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 110.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 110.

A moderate day hike or overnighter to a remote access point on the Yellowstone River. The trail starts out across the flat, lower section of Specimen Ridge but then starts a gradual climb up to the top of a small hill, where you find the junction with the trail coming in from the Yellowstone River Picnic Area.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.8
A long day hike through open terrain with an excellent chance of seeing wildlife, especially bears. This hike is ideal for avid wildlife watchers. It goes along the north edge of the wildlife-rich Hayden Valley, and you can almost always see a variety of wildlife along the trail. The trail starts at the north edge of Hayden Valley and follows Alum Creek (which has several interesting thermal areas) through the northern edge of the valley. The trail stays in the open all the way and stays marshy throughout summer and fall, so be prepared for wet feet. Bison use this area extensively, so stay alert so that you don’t get off the official trail and onto a bison trail.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 10
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A short, easy stroll through a nifty little thermal area. This short hike skirts the south edge of massive Gibbon Meadows, staying in the unburned lodgepole all the way. The route starts out as a doublewide super-trail and then turns into a boardwalk when you reach the loop section. It’s all flat and easy except for the short loop at the end up onto the slopes of Paintpot Hill; which has a little bite to it.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.2
A short, steep day hike and a great way to enjoy some stunning scenery while stretching out your calf muscles. For a truly spectacular view of the eastern part of Yellowstone and the North Absaroka Wilderness, take a short-but-steep hike up 10,566-foot Avalanche Peak. The trail starts on the right side of the stream, across the highway from the picnic area. You immediately start climbing through unburned forest, and the trail continues the steep incline the entire way.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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A pleasant stroll on a flat, open, and seldom-used trail.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
A delightful day hike leaving right from Mammoth. If you stay at Mammoth and have some extra time to get away from the traffic-choked roads, this gentle 5.2-mile loop trail is a great option. There is an excellent chance of seeing elk (if you haven’t already seen enough right in Mammoth), moose, and both black and grizzly bears. The trail begins just to the right (north) of Clematis Creek before Liberty Cap. After about a hundred yards it crosses Clematis Creek on a bridge and starts gradually climbing uphill, with brilliant colors of Mammoth Hot Springs on the left (south). At 0.2 mile you reach the junction with the Golden Gate/Howard Eaton Trail, which takes you behind the hot springs and to Terrace Mountain.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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An easy, flat circuit; good for a day hike or overnighter.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13.5
A long but fairly easy backpacking route with two trips over the Continental Divide and along the scenic Bechler River most of the way. A five-day trip, staying at campsite 0A1 or 0A3 the first night (which allows time for a leisurely drive to the trailhead the first day as well as fishing the Upper Fire- hole or a side trip to Shoshone Geyser Basin). Before heading over the Continental Divide and spending three nights along the Bechler River. I suggest staying the second night at campsite 9D4 or 9D3, the third night at 9B7 or 9B6, and the fourth night at 9B2 or 9C1.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 29.5
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A nice flat day hike or overnighter and a great introduction to the remote Bechler area of the park.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.6
An easy day hike or overnighter that’s popular with anglers. From the trailhead the trail gradually climbs over a small ridge and drops into Beula Lake. The trail is in superb condition the entire way. It goes through partly burned forest most of the way, but the lakeshore wasn't burned.
Gardiner, WY - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 5.2
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This is a long, strenuous day hike with terrific high-altitude scenery. This is the shortest route to one of the park’s most sensational views. The trail winds through unburned forest along Black Butte Creek for about 3 miles before angling off to the southeast and switchbacking up to the summit of Big Horn Peak. This is a Category 1 climb, but it doesn’t get super steep until you get near the top, and the well-designed and switchbacked trail helps make it easier. You hike through the Gallatin Petrified Forest and can see exposed petrified trees along the way, but please leave the petrified wood where you find it.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 12.4
Like the Fawn Pass Trail, the route over Bighorn Pass goes through the Gallatin Range bear-management area, a vital cub-rearing area where the National Park Service manages recreation to minimize impact on bear behavior. You can’t camp inside the boundaries of the area, and that restriction more or less turns this into a long day hike—not a problem for a well-conditioned hiker. The NPS also prohibits off -trail travel in the bear-management area and recommends groups of four or more hikers.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18.7
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A special trip, ideal for an early season backpacking adventure, along the majestic Yellowstone River. The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the classic backpacking trips of the northern Rockies. It seems to off er everything a hiker might want. This is an excellent trail with a wide choice of four- and five-star campsites. Wildlife is abundant, the fishing can be fantastic (but not in early season when the river is roaring through the canyon), and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park. The trail closely follows the mighty Yellowstone River most of the way.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 13
A long day hike or moderate backpacking trip through two open valleys and over a forested pass. The hike starts on the wagon road going along Slough Creek to the Silver Tip Ranch. Once past a small hill in the first 1 mile of trail, this is relatively easy, fl at hiking all the way to the junction with the Bliss Pass Trail going up Elk Tongue Creek. The trail goes in and out of the unburned timber for the first few miles. Then it breaks out into the sweeping openness of Slough Creek. Watch for wildlife, including wolves, which frequent the area.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19
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Formerly a local hot tub for park employees, the Boiling River is now one of the most popular hiking trails—and swimming holes—for park visitors.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1
A short, must-do trip with an awe-inspiring view of Lower Falls.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5
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One of the most remote backpacking routes in the park.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 33.2
A strenuous day hike with a backpacking option into one of the least-visited corners of Yellowstone. This route doesn’t receive much use, but not because it isn’t more than worthy. Hikers relatively new to Yellowstone often conjure up images of hiking along cascading mountain streams between snowcapped peaks, and hikers certainly can find this type of environ on some of the park’s trails. But a lot of Yellowstone, perhaps most of it, is open, dry, hot, prairie-type terrain, and the Buffalo Plateau is an excellent example of what it’s really like to hike in much of America’s first national park.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18.8
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A long, hard, hot day trip or moderate backpacking route that loops outside and then back into the park on remote trails.
Gardiner, WY - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 19.9
As far as mountaintops go, this might be the easiest to reach in the park. This trail probably offers the easiest way to get a spectacular mountaintop view of the northwestern corner of the park. However, some people wouldn’t call this an easy hike. You go up 1,300 feet in 2.1 miles (a Category 2 climb). Fortunately the trail is superbly switchbacked to minimize the impact of the elevation gain. In addition, the scenery along the way tends to absorb you, so you don’t focus on the effort it takes to reach the summit of Bunsen Peak, named for the same fellow who invented the Bunsen burner, Robert Bunsen.
Gardiner, WY - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.2
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