Agate Creek Professional Reviews and Guides
"Located 2 miles east of Tower Junction, on the Northeast Entrance Road in Yellowstone National Park. A long day hike, mostly atop an open alpine ridge in beautiful and uncluttered country. Enjoy abundant wildlife and glorious views. This is probably one of the least known and least traveled trails in the park.Agate Creek Trail almost has to be hiked as a day hike. Its final destination, where pretty Agate Creek merges with the Yellowstone River, borders a special bear management area that is closed to humans from March 10 through November 10. One backcountry campsite does exist near the river bottom, but that site is closed Memorial Day through mid-July, AND whenever bear activity is probable."
--Bill Hunger, Hiking Wyoming (Falcon Guides).
"A moderate day hike or overnighter to a remote access point on the Yellowstone River.The trail starts out across the flat, lower section of Specimen Ridge but then starts a gradual climb up to the top of a small hill, where you find the junction with the trail coming in from the Yellowstone River Picnic Area."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
The Agate Creek trail is an excellent dayhike to Yellowstone River and some of its tributaires. I found this hike to be of moderate difficulty and the area offered a bit more solitude than the busier areas around the thermal formations. The country here is very open and there are spectacular views of alpine meadows, praire, and mountains. There is a bit of fire damage along the route but each year as the vegetation recovers it is more and more fascinating and pleasant to track nature's progression. I found the trail dry for the most part and rather well marked. I did see a few elk along this hike in the morning and signs of Grizzly bear along Quartz Creek. Although there is a back country campsite accessible from the trail it is closed much of the year due to bear activity. Thus this hike does get a little grueling by the time you return to your vehicle.
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