Yellowstone Lake to Heart Lake

Gardiner, Wyoming 82422

Yellowstone Lake to Heart Lake

Yellowstone Lake to Heart Lake Professional Guide

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"This is a long but amazingly flat backpacking route; great for anglers.

If you heard about a six-day backpacking trip in Yellowstone Park with no hills and only a 270-foot elevation gain over the first 42 miles, which includes climbing over the Continental Divide, you probably wouldn’t believe it, right? But it’s true, and here it is. You can hike from the Nine Mile Trailhead on the northeast corner of Yellowstone Lake around the south edge of the lake, over the Great Divide, and to the west side of Heart Lake Trailhead without seeing anything that deserves to be called a hill.

At the Heart Lake patrol cabin, you face a small climb up Witch Creek to the top of Paycheck Pass, but even this is easy compared to most hills in Yellowstone, and then it’s flat the rest of the way to the trailhead."

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Trail Information

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6 days
Trails Illustrated Yellowstone Lake; USGS Lake Butte, Frank Island, Trail Lake, Alder Lake, Heart Lake, and Mount Sheridan
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Dec 2018