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.