Daly Creek Trail

West Yellowstone, Montana

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Daly Creek is the northernmost drainage in Yellowstone National Park. The hike makes a gradual ascent up the scenic valley, crossing the rolling meadows and open hillsides parallel to Daly Creek. The hillsides are fringed with aspens and Douglas firs. The impressive Crown Butte, Lava Butte and King Butte formations are prominent throughout the hike. To the northeast is the Sky Rim Ridge.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Daly Creek is the northernmost drainage in Yellowstone National Park. The hike makes a gradual ascent up the scenic valley, crossing the rolling meadows and open hillsides parallel to Daly Creek.

The hillsides are fringed with aspens and Douglas firs. The impressive Crown Butte, Lava Butte and King Butte formations are prominent throughout the hike. To the northeast is the Sky Rim Ridge.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Sunshine Point and Big Horn Peak Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Daly Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/14/2009
3

This trail is actually in Yellowstone Nat'l Park, however it is before the gates and any fees!! Anyway, this is a very well laid out and maintained trail. It is a good 5+ miles to the Sky Rim trail where you can then go left or right depending on what kind of giant loop you may want to achieve. The trail itself climbs about 2000 vertical ft to the Park boundary where you then hit a "T" at the Sky Rim trail. We went right for a climb to the top of the ridge and 360 degree views of every mountain range in the area. Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, even a great view of Lone Peak and Big Sky ski runs....simply amazing!! Tons of wildflowers from yellows, to whites, to purples and of course Daly Creek flows alongside a good portion of the hike. There were a ton of animal tracks like Moose, Elk, Bear, maybe even a mountain lion, but we never saw anything outside a chipmunk and birds...but they are out there! All in all a wonderful hike, strenuous at times, especially at the end, and just beautiful scenery during and at the end at the ridge line. FYI, there are two listings for this trail on this site...same trail, two different books.



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