Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
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Beautiful hike. The first 3 miles are very pleasant and relatively flat running along side Targhee creek. The trail is fantastic. Wildflowers abound. After the footbridge the trial begins to climb for the next 3 miles until the Watkins creek trail intersects the Targhee creek trail. If you take the Watkins creek trail for about 300 meters you will be see 2 beautiful turquoise lakes. This is a great hike with plenty of sights to stimulate your senses.
This is a beautiful, well-maintained trail. The first section (to the foot bridge) is quite gentle and easy. After August 1, Targhee Creek is open to fishing, with small, fun trout to be had with dry flies and hoppers. The section beyond the foot bridge becomes steeper, but is well worth the hike. A loop to the lakes and back (13 miles) can easily be done in a day--packing a lunch to eat at the top. The adventuresome can continue north to exit on the Sheep Creek trail, but that would be very hard to do in a day.
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