Black Canyon of the Yellowstone Backpacking

Mammoth, Wyoming

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An unusual trip along the majestic Yellowstone River nearly the entire route. 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 and 5 campsites. Wildlife is abundant; the fishing is fantastic, and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park. The trail closely follows the mighty Yellowstone River most of the way. Special attractions: Snow gives up this area early in the year providing a rare opportunity for early season backpacking.
Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

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Best Backpacking Vacations in the Northern Rockies

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

An unusual trip along the majestic Yellowstone River nearly the entire route. 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 and 5 campsites.

Wildlife is abundant; the fishing is fantastic, and the scenery rivals almost any other hike in the park. The trail closely follows the mighty Yellowstone River most of the way. Special attractions: Snow gives up this area early in the year providing a rare opportunity for early season backpacking.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Mammoth
Distance: 18.5
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 days
Season: Best summer and fall
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: USGS Tower / Canyon and Tower Junction, Blacktail Deer Creek, Ash Mountain, Gardiner; Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Black Canyon of the Yellowstone (Backpacking)

Recent Trail Reviews

5/15/2009
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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


5/12/2007
1

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.


6/6/2006
0

Outstanding trail, beautiful views and abundant wildlife



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