Targhee Creek Trail

West Yellowstone, Montana

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The Targhee Creek Trail parallels Targhee Creek to alpine Clark and Edwards Lakes near the headwaters of Targhee Creek. The trail follows the drainage between Targhee Peak to the west and Bald Peak to the east before joining the Continental Divide trail. This hike meanders up the first 2.5 miles of the canyon along Targhee Creek thorough meadows and pine forests. Throughout the hike, Targhee Peak rises like a monolith high above the trail.
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Targhee Creek Trail parallels Targhee Creek to alpine Clark and Edwards Lakes near the headwaters of Targhee Creek. The trail follows the drainage between Targhee Peak to the west and Bald Peak to the east before joining the Continental Divide trail. This hike meanders up the first 2.5 miles of the canyon along Targhee Creek thorough meadows and pine forests. Throughout the hike, Targhee Peak rises like a monolith high above the trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: USGS Targhee Pass and Targhee Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Targhee Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/29/2013
0

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.


1/2/2007
1

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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