Pitchstone Plateau

Moran, Wyoming

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Located 30 miles north of Moran Junction, in the southwestern sector of Yellowstone National Park. A long, somewhat level (after the first 0.5 mile) and gentle hike into a vast, high elevation grassland plateau. The word “plateau” means a level, table-like surface of high elevation. The French linguist who invented this word must have somehow visited the Pitchstone Plateau in Yellowstone, because it is the epitome of a plateau. The lava flows in this area represent the most recent volcanic action in the park, and the rocks scattered over the plateau’s surface are indeed black and shiny.
Hiking Wyoming

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Hiking Wyoming

by Bill Hunger (Falcon Guides)

Located 30 miles north of Moran Junction, in the southwestern sector of Yellowstone National Park. A long, somewhat level (after the first 0.5 mile) and gentle hike into a vast, high elevation grassland plateau.

The word “plateau” means a level, table-like surface of high elevation. The French linguist who invented this word must have somehow visited the Pitchstone Plateau in Yellowstone, because it is the epitome of a plateau. The lava flows in this area represent the most recent volcanic action in the park, and the rocks scattered over the plateau’s surface are indeed black and shiny.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moran
Distance: 16
Elevation Gain: 965 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park Headquarters (307) 344-7381
Local Maps: Earthwalk Press's Hiking map and guide; USGS: Lewis Canyon, Lewis Falls, Grassy Lake Reservoir, Shoshone Geyser Basin. Also USGS Yellowstone 1:125,000 vicinity map
Driving Directions: Directions to Pitchstone Plateau

Recent Trail Reviews

2/26/2001
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The Pitchstone Plateau trail is a long, simple hike through High flat country which is rejuvinating from the 1988 Yellowstone fire. Although being surrounded ny dead trees can get erie at times the land does seem to be recovering rather quickly and wildlife is taking advantage of the expanded grazing opportunities. The trail is marked fairly decent although it is possible to lose sight of it if you choose to wonder "off road" for a moment or two. Although there are a few mud pots and other thermaly active spots there is very little fresh water available along the trail so be sure to pack plenty in. This trail, although intriguing, left me feeling a little erie. On the bright side I saw no other people along this trail and the solitude in this often busy park was appreciated.



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