Fawn Pass Trail to Fan Creek

West Yellowstone, Montana

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The Fawn Pass Trail to Fan Creek is an easy hike through forested rolling hills and scenic meadows. The Fan Creek Trail (not shown on the U.S.G.S. map) is a newer fishing access trail established in the early 1980s. From the junction with the Fawn Pass Trail, the Fan Creek Trail heads northeast along the creek through Fan Creek meadow. Moose and elk frequent this beautiful meadow. Head east down a short flight of steps on the Fawn Pass Trail. After the trail register, cross the meadow marbled with meandering streams that make up the upper Gallatin River. A series of wooden footbridges cross the various lucid streams. Ascend the slope and enter the forested hillside. Cross the gentle rolling hills to a signed trail split at 1.4 miles. The Fawn Pass Trail bears right to the Bighorn Pass Cutoff Trail and Fawn Pass. Take the Fan Creek Trail to the left. The trail descends into the wide open meadow to Fan Creek. At the creek is a wonderful resting and picnic area.
Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

The Fawn Pass Trail to Fan Creek is an easy hike through forested rolling hills and scenic meadows. The Fan Creek Trail (not shown on the U.S.G.S. map) is a newer fishing access trail established in the early 1980s. From the junction with the Fawn Pass Trail, the Fan Creek Trail heads northeast along the creek through Fan Creek meadow. Moose and elk frequent this beautiful meadow.

Head east down a short flight of steps on the Fawn Pass Trail. After the trail register, cross the meadow marbled with meandering streams that make up the upper Gallatin River. A series of wooden footbridges cross the various lucid streams. Ascend the slope and enter the forested hillside. Cross the gentle rolling hills to a signed trail split at 1.4 miles. The Fawn Pass Trail bears right to the Bighorn Pass Cutoff Trail and Fawn Pass. Take the Fan Creek Trail to the left. The trail descends into the wide open meadow to Fan Creek. At the creek is a wonderful resting and picnic area.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: West Yellowstone
Distance: 3
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Best May to October
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Divide Lake - Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Fawn Pass Trail to Fan Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

6/4/2006
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This is one of my most favorite hikes. You can go from Yellowstone park side or the Gallatin Canyon side. The trail is well marked and animals are abundant, including Grizzly bears. We saw bears everytime we went up there. Only one time were we threatened by a sow in a grumpy mood, she didn't even have cubs with her but guess we were in her space. The trail from the Park side isn't a beginners trail but it also is very well marked and achievable by the average hiker. Horse riders also use this trail. It is one of the best.



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