Pelican Creek-Pelican Valley Professional Reviews and Guides
"From a trailhead on the northeast shore of Yellowstone Lake, you hike up the Pelican Creek Trail through the wildlife-rich Pelican Valley. After a long but enjoyable side trip to the lookout building atop view-packed Pelican Cone, hike north past the Mushpots Thermal Area to campsites at Wapiti Lake. From here adventurous hikers can continue cross-country north about 2.5 miles on dusty, confusing bison trails to the Hot Spring Basin Group Thermal Area. Extremely dedicated hikers can bushwhack downstream along Broad Creek for 4.5 tough miles to the colorful and wildly scenic hot springs, geysers, and weird pinnacles around Josephs Coat Spring and Fairyland Basin. To return from Wapiti Lake, walk south past Fern Lake on the Astringent Creek Trail to Pelican Valley, then turn right (southwest) on the Pelican Creek Trail and back to the trailhead."
--Doug Lorain, Backpacking Wyoming (Wilderness Press).
"As it loops gently around the broad, wildlife-rich Pelican Valley, this lightly used trail provides good backcountry fishing access and a close-up look at some of the best grizzly habitat in the Lower 48 states. Herds of elk and bison have attracted a dynamic, denning wolf pack. Three creek fords can make completing the loop a challenge early in the season."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
We hiked this trail with four hikers, leaving at 8pm from the trailhead near the Pelican Bridge Station. It was a very hot day but we were hoping to not run into many other hikers and see some good wildlife. The trail follows a very pretty forest path during the first hour and then is un-shaded for the rest of the way. After about an hour and a half of hiking came the highlight of our day as we happened upon a pack (Mollie's) of wolves by the Pelican Creek. We seemed to be the first ones out that morning and the pack immediately made its way towards the western wooded highland. We passed a dozen bison the rest of the day and it took longer than we had hoped (8 hours for 16 miles) but it was a very enjoyable and solitary experience.
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