Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

Gardiner, Wyoming 82423

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone Professional Review and Guide

"A special trip, ideal for an early season backpacking adventure, along the majestic Yellowstone River. The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the classic backpacking trips of the northern Rockies. It seems to off er everything a hiker might want.

This is an excellent trail with a wide choice of four- and five-star campsites. Wildlife is abundant, the fishing can be fantastic (but not in early season when the river is roaring through the canyon), and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park. The trail closely follows the mighty Yellowstone River most of the way."

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"This classic downhill hike is an early- and lateseason favorite of park employees, since the campsites are snow-free as soon as early May and as late as October. It’s just far enough away from the road to start feeling like you’re in the wilderness, and is a prime route for fishing and wildlife watching.

The trail is typically dry enough for hiking by mid-May. The ford of Hellroaring Creek, however, can be waist-deep and tricky as late as August during years. of high runoff. Ticks are a nuisance in spring and early summer. The route is hot at midday in summer."

"The Black Canyon of the Yellowstone is one of the classic backpacking trips of the northern Rockies. It seems to offer everything a hiker might want. It’s downhill all the way on an excellent trail with a wide choice of 4-star or 5-star campsites. Wildlife is abundant, the fishing is fantastic, and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park."

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Trail Information

Gardiner
Nearby City
13
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
1-2 days
Duration
Year-round
Season
Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs; USGS Tower/Canyon and Tower Junction, Blacktail Deer Creek, Ash Mountain, and Gardiner
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Sep 2018