Slough Creek

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

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Slough Creek is a hiking trail in Montana and Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 6,597 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 487 feet.
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Slough Creek is a hiking trail in Montana and Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park and Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area. It is 3.4 miles long and begins at 6,597 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 487 feet. This trail connects with the following: 2s6, Bliss Pass and Buffalo Fork.
Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Yellowstone National Park
Distance: 3.4
Elevation Gain: 487 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,597 feet
Top Elevation: 6,677 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Slough Creek
Parks: Yellowstone National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6587/6677 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6597/6596 ft
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Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

Day Hikes in The Beartooth Mountains

Slough Creek is a slow-rolling, meandering creek in a gorgeous glacial valley. The creek is a popular fishing destination, well known for its cutthroat trout. The hike begins near the secluded Slough Creek Campground at the mouth of the canyon and follows a historic wagon road through open fir and aspen forests. (The road is still used by horse-drawn wagons for access to the Silver Tip Ranch, located just outside the park.) The trail emerges in the broad open valley at an oxbow bend in Slough Creek. Beyond the crescent-shaped bend, the creek snakes through scenic, wildflower-laden meadows surrounded by mountains and imposing walls of granite rock. Straight north, and over several layers of mountains, is the main Boulder River Valley (Hike 91 ).

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park

Hiking Yellowstone National Park

This is a moderate to long day hike or overnighter through an open valley with lots of wildlife, including grizzlies and wolves, and world-famous fishing.

This is an unusual hike through an unusual valley. The trail is actually an old wagon road leading to the Silver Tip Ranch, just north of the park. Nonmotorized access to the ranch is guaranteed, so you might meet a horse-drawn wagon on the trail. And the wagon road makes a superb hiking trail, which gains only 400 feet elevation over 11 miles, most of that in a little hill shortly after leaving the trailhead. If you meet the wagon, please step well off the trail and stand still to avoid spooking the stock animals.

Slough Creek is a slow-moving, meandering stream that goes though an expansive, mostly treeless valley. Elk, deer, bison, and other large mammals graze the slopes of Slough Creek in large numbers, and now the park’s growing wolf population has followed this ungulate smorgasbord to Slough Creek.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Slough Creek is a slow-rolling, meandering creek in a gorgeous glacial valley. The creek is a popular fishing destination, well known for its cutthroat trout. The hike begins near the secluded Slough Creek Campground at the mouth of the canyon and follows a historic wagon road through open fir and aspen forests. The road is still used by horse-drawn wagons for access to the Silver Tip Ranch, located just outside the park. The trail emerges in the broad open valley at an oxbow bend in Slough Creek. Beyond the crescent-shaped bend, the creek snakes through scenic, wildflower-laden meadows surrounded by mountains.

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6/26/2012
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A nice scenic trail. Mostly up hill at first, but nothing difficult or hard. Came across a brown, black bear just before the lake. Took plenty of photos of him, as he did not run away and was very curious of us. He made it a little difficut to get back since he stayed on the trail area.



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May 2018