Bechler River Backpacking

Mammoth, Wyoming

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A long but easy backpack along the scenic Bechler River. Along with the Thorofare and Gallatin Skyline, the Bechler River Trail ranks among the best backpacking trips in Yellowstone. It’s wild and remote, not too difficult (a good trail with no monster hills), and features good fishing and matchless scenery. In addition this is one of the few sections of Yellowstone that escaped the fires of 1988, perhaps the only 30-mile hike you can take without walking through a burned landscape (with the exception of one small section of the canyon that burned in 1997). You can usually find water along this trail, so unlike many long hikes, you don’t have to carry an extra water bottle. The only exception to this is the Bechler Meadows route (an option on this hike), which can be a desert late in the year. Special attractions: Two trips over the Continental Divide on a trail that follows a beautiful river most of the way.
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Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A long but easy backpack along the scenic Bechler River. Along with the Thorofare and Gallatin Skyline, the Bechler River Trail ranks among the best backpacking trips in Yellowstone. It’s wild and remote, not too difficult (a good trail with no monster hills), and features good fishing and matchless scenery.

In addition this is one of the few sections of Yellowstone that escaped the fires of 1988, perhaps the only 30-mile hike you can take without walking through a burned landscape (with the exception of one small section of the canyon that burned in 1997). You can usually find water along this trail, so unlike many long hikes, you don’t have to carry an extra water bottle. The only exception to this is the Bechler Meadows route (an option on this hike), which can be a desert late in the year. Special attractions: Two trips over the Continental Divide on a trail that follows a beautiful river most of the way.

© 2002 Bill Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mammoth
Distance: 30.3
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 days
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: USGS Old Faithful, Shoshone Geyser Basin, Trischman Knob, Cave Falls, Bechler Falls; Trails Illustrated Old Faithful
Driving Directions: Directions to Bechler River (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

9/21/2007
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In forty years of hiking and camping this is one of the best trips I've done. This corner of Yellowstone has spectacular falls right along the trail, dramatic canyons, frequent hot pots, a big geyser, two great soaking hot springs, broad meadows, and some of the most beautiful fishing venues anywhere. We took eight days, to allow for a side trip to Bechler Hot Springs and a fishing day, and followed the Boundary Creek trail after the Bechler Ford in order to see Silver Scarf and Dunanda Falls and the hot pools just below Dunanda Falls. The trail is easy to see and well maintained throughout and (if taken from north to south) has only one moderate uphill section. I give it five stars only because I can't give more.


9/7/2005
0

Stunnig beauty and terrific water falls and hot springs. Bears and moose in some areas. Hard hike up the hill, easy hike the other way. Lots' of people over the labor Dqy weekend.



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