Mount Washburn Spur Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
"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."
"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."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
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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