Blacktail Ponds Spur

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain272ft
Trailhead Elevation6,594ft
Elevation Min/Max6591/6687ft
Elevation Start/End6594/6594ft

Blacktail Ponds Spur

Blacktail Ponds Spur is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 6,594 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 272 feet. This trail connects with the following: Blacktail Deer Creek, Lave Creek Trail and Lava Creek.

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I did this as an overnighter, going in early, setting up camp about halfway to the river, and hiking down to the bridge with my fishing rod. In late June/early July there's a salmonfly hatch that brings BIG cutthroats to the surface. Afterdinner casting on Blacktail Creek just below the campsite was even more productive with many little fish of all varieties (rainbow, brown, cutt, brook, and hybrids). The traffic is heavy for the fishing, particularly at this time, but the campsite is over a ridge and wonderfully secluded, with good views across the Blacktail plateau. There are also campsites at the suspension bridge, not so secluded. Blacktail is a good alternative to Hellroaring Creek for the Black Canyon of the Gunnison hike, along the river to Gardner. Less people and no fords.

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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park Headquarters (307) 344-7381
Local Contacts
Earthwalk Press's Yellowstone Hiking Map and guide; USGS: Blacktail Deer Creek
Local Maps

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Dec 2018