Mount Washburn Spur

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Distance5.7mi
Elevation Gain3,460ft
Trailhead Elevation10,260ft
Top10,260ft
Elevation Min/Max8034/10260ft
Elevation Start/End10260/10260ft

Mount Washburn Spur

Mount Washburn Spur is a hiking and biking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 5.7 miles long and begins at 10,260 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,460 feet. The Mount Washburn Lookout Tower shelter and Mount Washburn (elevation 10,243 feet) are near the trailhead. There are also a viewpoint and a parking. This trail connects with the following: 4e1, Chittenden Road-Mount Washburn and Seven Mile Hole.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Mount Washburn Trail from Dunraven Pass is one of three trails to the summit of Mount Washburn, the cone of an ancient volcano. The trail is a turn-of-the-century wagon road that approaches the summit from the southwest. The broad alpine slopes of the mountain are filled with a magnificent display of wildflowers, rivaling any display in the park. The upper slopes are a summer pasture for bighorn sheep. Perched on the 10,243-foot summit is the fire lookout tower and viewing platform. The incredible, sweeping 360-degree panoramic vistas include the Yellowstone Plateau and surrounding mountains, Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, the Grand Tetons, and several distant geyser basins. Below the tower is a glass-enclosed observation room with a telescope." Read more
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Chittenden Road Trail is one of three trails to the summit of Mount Washburn. This route, an old wagon road, approaches the summit on an easy grade from the north. The trail follows a long, exposed alpine ridge covered with wildflowers. Large numbers of bighorn sheep pasture on these upper mountain slopes. Near the 10,243-foot summit the three trails merge, leading to the fire lookout tower and viewing platform. The 360-degree panoramic views of the Yellowstone Plateau and surrounding mountains are tremendous, extending to Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Hayden Valley, the Grand Tetons, and the many geyser basins. Below the lookout tower is a glass-enclosed observation room and interpretive center with a telescope." Read more
Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A moderate day hike to the top of Mount Washburn, where you’ll find a lookout, visitor center, 20-power telescopes for wildlife viewing, a drinking fountain, restrooms, lots of incredible scenery, lots of other people, a herd of bighorn sheep, and a wildflower paradise." Read more
Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Andrew Dean Nystrom
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"One of the park’s most popular and rewarding dayhikes starts out up high and continues climbing gradually along old roads and passes wildlife-rich wildflower meadows en route to a spectacular summit with panoramic views from a working fire lookout." Read more

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6/7/2010
Great hike.... LOTS of uphill, but worth it for the views.... and just think the last 3 miles will be downhill.
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7/29/2009
A moderate hike with a good chance of seeing bighorn sheep and other wildlife. I would recommend taking it early in the day, as you can be pretty exposed - either to the hot sun or afternoon thunderstorms. Beautiful views, of course.
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7/17/2009
The two big routes are the Chittenden Road or Dunraven. I did the Chittenden Road route and would definitley recommend the Dunraven route over the Chittenden. The route I took is a bit shorter (2.9 miles one way) and the views overall of the surrounding mountains are great. I felt that immediate area around me was fairly bland though. It is a long walk uphill for two hours or so with frequent rest stops along the way. If you are from the flatlands, be warned, it is a bit of work but worth it. The Dunraven side which I hiked a ways just to see it seems to be more in and out of the woods and more of a "hike" compared to the dirt/gravel road on the Chittenden side. When you see pictures form the webcam showing the trail along the ridgeline, that is looking at the Dunraven trail. Saw a group of 29 Pronghorns at the top then another group of aboout 10 more. Just got lucky. There are restrooms at the top but no water. Warm at the bottom and WINDY at the top and very cool.
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8/18/2006
Beautiful hike with a 9 year old daughter. Gorgeous and rewarding view from the summit where we had a sandwich picnic.
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7/25/1993
Once acclimated to the general elevation at Yellowstone, this is a great day hike. Nice wide path/road and easy to follow. Obviously great views - beautiful alpine vegetation above treeline. We were lucky enough to see several bighorn sheep at the ridgeline. Overall excellent hike and definitely recommend!
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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Tower/Canyon; USGS Mount Washburn
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