Slough Creek

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Distance9.3mi
Elevation Gain1,418ft
Trailhead Elevation6,270ft
Top6,741ft
Elevation Min/Max6270/6741ft
Elevation Start/End6270/6270ft

Slough Creek

Slough Creek is a hiking trail in Wyoming and Montana. It is within Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area and Yellowstone National Park. It is 9.3 miles long and begins at 6,270 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 11.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,418 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Slough Creek Cabin ranger station can be seen along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Elk Tongue Cabin, 2s4, 2s1, 2s3, 2s2, 2s6, Bliss Pass and Buffalo Fork.

Slough Creek Professional Reviews and Guides

"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 )."

"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."

"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
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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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Area
Parks
Yellow Stone National Park
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Tower/Canyon; USGS Lamar Canyon, Mount Hornaday, and Roundhead Butte
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