Daly Creek Spur

Yellowstone National Park, Montana 59772

Distance5.5mi
Elevation Gain1,837ft
Trailhead Elevation7,483ft
Top8,380ft
Elevation Min/Max6747/8380ft
Elevation Start/End7483/7489ft

Daly Creek Spur

Daly Creek Spur is a hiking trail in Gallatin County, Montana. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 5.5 miles long and begins at 7,483 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,837 feet. This trail connects with the following: Black Butte-Daly Creek Cutoff, Wf2 and Sky Rim.

Daly Creek Spur Professional Reviews and Guides

"Daly Creek is the northernmost drainage in Yellowstone National Park. The hike makes a gradual ascent up the scenic valley, crossing the rolling meadows and open hillsides parallel to Daly Creek.

The hillsides are fringed with aspens and Douglas firs. The impressive Crown Butte, Lava Butte and King Butte formations are prominent throughout the hike. To the northeast is the Sky Rim Ridge."

"Just 1 mile inside the northwestern corner of Yellowstone, the Daly Creek Trail is home to elk, wolves, and other Yellowstone natives. This area is popular with elk because it is in a snow shadow, receiving less snow than other parts of the region. The elk have an easier time in the shallower snow than they do in the deeper drifts typical of other drainages. In the 1960s, the Park Service rounded up elk here to regulate the elk population.

Although that is not current park policy, the corral left over from the elk roundup remains. For skiers, Daly Creek Trail may not be the best choice due to thin snow cover intermittently during the winter. Snowshoers, however, will find the travel relatively easy. The rewards for traveling here include possible wolf sightings, and visitors should be on the lookout for recent elk carcasses—the leftovers from wolf kills. Surface quality: Skier-tracked."

"Just 1 mile inside the northwestern corner of Yellowstone, the Daly Creek Trail is home to elk, wolves, and other Yellowstone natives. This area is popular with elk because it is in a snow shadow, receiving less snow than other parts of the region. The elk have an easier time in the shallower snow than they do in the deeper drifts typical of other drainages. In the 1960s, the Park Service rounded up elk here to regulate the elk population.

Although that is not current park policy, the corral left over from the elk roundup remains. For skiers, Daly Creek Trail may not be the best choice due to thin snow cover intermittently during the winter. Snowshoers, however, will find the travel relatively easy. The rewards for traveling here include possible wolf sightings, and visitors should be on the lookout for recent elk carcasses—the leftovers from wolf kills. Surface quality: Skier-tracked."

"Daly Creek is the northernmost drainage in Yellowstone National Park. The hike makes a gradual ascent up the scenic valley, crossing the rolling meadows and open hillsides parallel to Daly Creek.

The hillsides are fringed with aspens and Douglas firs. The impressive Crown Butte, Lava Butte and King Butte formations are prominent throughout the hike. To the northeast is the Sky Rim Ridge."

Daly Creek Spur Reviews

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6/14/2009
This trail is actually in Yellowstone Nat'l Park, however it is before the gates and any fees!! Anyway, this is a very well laid out and maintained trail. It is a good 5+ miles to the Sky Rim trail where you can then go left or right depending on what kind of giant loop you may want to achieve. The trail itself climbs about 2000 vertical ft to the Park boundary where you then hit a "T" at the Sky Rim trail. We went right for a climb to the top of the ridge and 360 degree views of every mountain range in the area. Spanish Peaks, Madison Range, even a great view of Lone Peak and Big Sky ski runs....simply amazing!! Tons of wildflowers from yellows, to whites, to purples and of course Daly Creek flows alongside a good portion of the hike. There were a ton of animal tracks like Moose, Elk, Bear, maybe even a mountain lion, but we never saw anything outside a chipmunk and birds...but they are out there! All in all a wonderful hike, strenuous at times, especially at the end, and just beautiful scenery during and at the end at the ridge line. FYI, there are two listings for this trail on this site...same trail, two different books.
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9/10/2007
This was a great trail with wide open views, which is a good thing since this is grizzly territory. We continued on the Daly Creek Trail to the Sky Rim Trail. The view was unbelievable. We plan on returning next year to do a loop, either Specimen Creek -Daly Creek on via Black Butte. Hopefully we will reach Sheep Mountain and Shelf Lake and possibly see Big Horn Sheep. Word of caution, plan on doing this hike before September if possible since hunting season for Big Horn Sheep is in September and the Sky Rim Trail is on the boundary. Enjoy.
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Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Parks
Yellowstone National Park; Avalanche advisory (406)-587-6981
Local Contacts
USGS Sunshine Point and Big Horn Peak
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