Gneiss Creek

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

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Gneiss Creek is a hiking trail in Montana and Wyoming. It is within Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. It is 14.0 miles long and begins at 6,825 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,041 feet. The Gneiss Creek trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The Madison River picnic site and the Fir Ridge Cemetery (elevation 6,821 feet) grave yard can be seen along the trail. There is also parking along the trail.
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Gneiss Creek is a hiking trail in Montana and Wyoming. It is within Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. It is 14.0 miles long and begins at 6,825 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 28.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,041 feet. The Gneiss Creek trailhead parking is near the trailhead. The Madison River picnic site and the Fir Ridge Cemetery (elevation 6,821 feet) grave yard can be seen along the trail. There is also parking along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Wa1 and Cougar Cabin.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Yellowstone National Park
Distance: 14.0
Elevation Gain: 2,041 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,825 feet
Top Elevation: 6,874 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Gneiss Creek
Parks: Yellowstone National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6612/6874 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6825/6825 ft
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Hiking Yellowstone National Park

Hiking Yellowstone National Park

A seldom-used route—day hike or overnighter—and a good chance to see wildlife. Gneiss Creek is a nice hike, and not just phonically, but you have to wait until July to try it. The trail is closed through June 30 for bear-management purposes. It’s an easy walk with no hills, and you actually lose elevation hiking in and gain some coming back.

Be sure to bring the insect repellent. The trail passes through open terrain rich in wildlife, so you might want to go
early in the morning to watch the elk, moose, bald eagles, and, perhaps, the mighty. Start your day right with sunrise at the Gneiss Creek Trailhead.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

This hike follows the first portion of the Gneiss Creek Trail from the northwest trailhead in the Gallatin. The 14-mile trail leads thorough the Madison Valley, crossing several creeks en route to the southern trailhead at the Madison River Bridge. This hike is an easy walk thorough the beautiful open terrain to Campanula Creek, a tributary of Gneiss Creek. The valley is abundant with wildlife.

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Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

Day Hikes around Bozeman, Montana

This hike follows the first portion of the Gneiss Creek Trail from the northwest trailhead in the Gallatin. The 14-mile trail leads through the Madison Valley, crossing several creeks en route to the southern trailhead at the Madison River Bridge. This hike is an easy walk through the beautiful open terrain to Campanula Creek, a tributary of Gneiss Creek. The valley is abundant with wildlife.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

The Gneiss Creek Trail is a 14-mile trail thorough the Madison Valley connecting the Madison Canyon with the Gallatin to the north. This hike follows the first portion of the trail from the southern trailhead at the Madison River. The trail eventually connects to the northern trailhead.

A few basic necessities will make your hike more enjoyable.
Bring drinking water, snacks, hats, sunscreen, appropriate outer wear, and additional maps. Hike in supportive, comfortable shoes and wear layered clothing. Be prepared for inclement or variable weather caused by the high elevations, which range from 5,300 to 11,350 feet. Avoid surprising bison, moose, and bears by wearing a bear bell and hiking with a friend or group.

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/1/2009
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This is a long hike where the trail is not continuous. You lose the trail then pick it up again. Take a GPS with you. I turned back about half way as I was by myself and was afraid to guess where the trail was going. Signs of a bear helped make my decision. Pretty country though. No wildlife seen.



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May 2018