Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

Gardiner, Wyoming

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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.

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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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Gardiner
Distance: 18.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1–4 days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Canyon of the Yellowstone

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