Bechler River Cutoff Professional Reviews and Guides
"This easy, nearly flat dayhike is designed to provide a brief introduction to the wildlife-rich Bechler (pronounced BECK-ler) region, which was the least affected by the 1988 fires. Bechler is typically explored via multiday backpack trips. It’s increasingly popular with anglers, scouting troops, and outfitters, and receives as many as 8000 visitors per year.From Ashton, Idaho (60 miles and 1.5 hours south FACILITIESof West Yellowstone, Montana, via US Hwy. 20), Ranger Stationdrive 10 miles east past Marysville and jog left at the Restrooms turnoff for Mesa Falls (Idaho Hwy. 47) to reach Cave Water Falls Road. Continue 10 miles on the graded gravel Horse Staging road past the Idaho-Wyoming state line, then turnleft for the Bechler Ranger Station at the signed junction for Cave Falls."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"An easy, flat circuit; good for a day hike or overnighter."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
"A long but fairly easy backpacking route with two trips over the Continental Divide and along the scenic Bechler River most of the way. A five-day trip, staying at campsite 0A1 or 0A3 the first night (which allows time for a leisurely drive to the trailhead the first day as well as fishing the Upper Fire-hole or a side trip to Shoshone Geyser Basin).Before heading over the Continental Divide and spending three nights along the Bechler River. I suggest staying the second night at campsite 9D4 or 9D3, the third night at 9B7 or 9B6, and the fourth night at 9B2 or 9C1."
"Located 27 miles east of Ashton, Idaho, in the southwest sector of Yellowstone National Park. A 3-to 5-day backpack trip into an incomparable river canyon. For the first 0.4 mile the trail follows the Falls River, beside a series of impressive and thundering cascades. Then the Bechler River Trail takes its own path, and for the next almost 20 miles you and the ever-changing Bechler River are going to make many acquaintances.The first 2 miles of level forested hiking reveal a river rushing in delicate rapids over a rocky-bottomed floor. The next 2 miles of level forested walking show you the quiet, noiseless, and completely smooth face of the winding waters. Here, at Rocky Ford, you get to negotiate a 35-yard wade in the crystal-clear river."
--Bill Hunger, Hiking Wyoming (Falcon Guides).
"A nice flat day hike or overnighter and a great introduction to the remote Bechler area of the park."
"The Bechler River heads along the Continental Divide, crossing the Madison Plateau. It and its tributaries flow south or southwest toward their eventual junction with the Falls River. The 1872 Hayden survey named the river for their cartographer, Gustavus R. Bechler. It is likely that Cave Falls on the Falls River and Bechler Falls on the Bechler River acted as barriers, so that the entire Bechler drainage was fishless in 1872. Reports from as early as 1891, however, indicate that somebody had planted fish in this stream, and at some point, while records only indicate the planting of cutthroat, rainbow were also introduced, resulting in the cutbow hybrid. This eTrail contains information on Bechler River and Boundary Creek."
--Richard Parks, Fishing Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
"If you like the sight and sound of falling water, then you’ve hit the mother lode, because waterfalls are the prime attraction in this quiet corner of Yellowstone National Park. Sometimes called Cascade Corner, this compact area contains well over half of the park’s waterfalls. The beauty and variety of the dozens of waterfalls here more than compensate for the lack of geysers, mud pots, and roadside bears, which have combined to make other parts of the park so famous. If the many trail-accessible waterfalls aren’t enough, adventurous hikers can spend weeks happily bushwhacking to numerous cascades hidden in side canyons or on isolated sections of the main streams that the trails do not reach."
--Douglas Lorain, Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons (Wilderness Press).
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