Bechler River Cutoff

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Distance1.6mi
Elevation Gain238ft
Trailhead Elevation6,402ft
Top6,436ft
Elevation Min/Max6361/6436ft
Elevation Start/End6402/6402ft

Bechler River Cutoff

Bechler River Cutoff is a hiking trail in Teton County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 1.6 miles long and begins at 6,402 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 238 feet. This trail connects with the following: Boundary Creek (to Meadows Junction), Bechler River and Bechler Meadows.

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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"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 FACILITIES of West Yellowstone, Montana, via US Hwy. 20), Ranger Station drive 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 turn left for the Bechler Ranger Station at the signed junction for Cave Falls." Read more
Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"An easy, flat circuit; good for a day hike or overnighter." Read more
Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"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." Read more
Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A nice flat day hike or overnighter and a great introduction to the remote Bechler area of the park." Read more
Backpacking Idaho: From Alpine Peaks to Desert Canyons (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"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." Read more

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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
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Yellowstone National Park
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Trails Illustrated Old Faithful; USGS Bechler Falls and Cave Falls
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