Bacon Rind Creek Trail

West Yellowstone, Montana

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The Bacon Rind Creek Trail is the only hike inside Yellowstone that heads west from the Gallatin Valley. The flat easy trail parallels the meandering Bacon Rind Creek through a valley surrounded by high mountain peaks. Moose, elk and grizzly bears frequent the meadow. Beyond the western park boundary, the trail enters the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in the Gallatin National Forest. Head south past the trail sign along the north side of Bacon Rind Creek. Follow the drainage upstream through beautiful stands of pines and firs. The path remains close to the riparian watercourse for the first 0.7 miles, where the valley opens up to the Gallatin River. Bacon Rind Creek flows placidly through the wide valley between the forested hillsides. Continue up the draw to the head of the valley and cross a stream. Evergreens enclose the top of the meadow at the signed Yellowstone National Park boundary. This is a good
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by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Bacon Rind Creek Trail is the only hike inside Yellowstone that heads west from the Gallatin Valley. The flat easy trail parallels the meandering Bacon Rind Creek through a valley surrounded by high mountain peaks. Moose, elk and grizzly bears frequent the meadow. Beyond the western park boundary, the trail enters the Lee Metcalf Wilderness in the Gallatin National Forest.

Head south past the trail sign along the north side of Bacon Rind Creek. Follow the drainage upstream through beautiful stands of pines and firs. The path remains close to the riparian watercourse for the first 0.7 miles, where the valley opens up to the Gallatin River. Bacon Rind Creek flows placidly through the wide valley between the forested hillsides. Continue up the draw to the head of the valley and
cross a stream. Evergreens enclose the top of the meadow at
the signed Yellowstone National Park boundary. This is a good

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Distance: 4.2
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Divide Lake - Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Bacon Rind Creek Trail

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