Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

Gardiner, Wyoming 82423

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

Black Canyon of the Yellowstone Professional Guide

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"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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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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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." Read more
Hiking Montana (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider & Russ Schneider
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"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." Read more
"From the Gardiner Trailhead, the trail cuts through a narrow 60-yard strip of land between the church property on your left and a private campground on the right to a prominent trail sign. For the next 0.5 mile you cross private land (please stay on the trail), passing the confluence of the small and clear Gardner River with the larger and murkier Yellowstone River to where signs tell you that you are entering Yellowstone National Park. The surroundings are unlike what most people think of when they envision Yellowstone. Here, at the lowest elevations in the park, the only trees are some scattered Rocky Mountain junipers and a few cottonwoods by the river. In fact, the region is a semidesert, complete with sagebrush and prickly pear cactus. In summer it can get very hot in this canyon, but the relatively mild winters make it critical winter range for many of the park’s large mammals, including bison, elk, and bighorn sheep." Read more

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5/15/2009
Did the hike in 2 days. The first day was awesome great terrain and wildlife. Spent the night at 1r2. Wouldn't recommend 1r1-1r3 if you want to see wildlife. The second day the terrain was differrent than the first with mostly a dry climate not much wildlife but losts of nice views of the yellowstone river. started at Hellroaring trailhead and finished in Gardiner definitley wouldn't do the trip in the opposite direction
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5/12/2007
The trail wasn't the hardest but the scenerio was amazing. The first day out we walked over a hill and to our surprise there was a bufflo sitting on the other side. We did this trail in mid May and the weather was perfect. It is one of the only trails that you can hike during that time of year if you still want to be in the mountains.
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6/6/2006
Outstanding trail, beautiful views and abundant wildlife
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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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