Tower Creek

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

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Tower Creek is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 6,582 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,310 feet. The Tower Fall camp site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms.
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Tower Creek is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 3.5 miles long and begins at 6,582 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,310 feet. The Tower Fall camp site is near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Roosevelt Lodge-Tower Falls.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Yellowstone National Park
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 1,310 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,582 feet
Top Elevation: 6,959 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Tower Creek
Parks: Yellowstone National Park
Elevation Min/Max: 6527/6959 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6582/6582 ft
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Hiking Yellowstone National Park

Hiking Yellowstone National Park

A pleasant walk in the woods near the Tower campground and store.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Tower Creek begins on the north flank of the Washburn Range and joins the Yellowstone River just downstream from the 132-foot Tower Falls. The Tower Creek Trail begins at the Tower Falls Campground in a forest of Douglas fir and Engelmann spruce. The trail parallels the north side of the creek up Tower Creek Canyon. The area, burned in the 1988 Yellowstone fires, is an interesting study of the effects of the fire. Notice how the fallen trees have altered the course of the creek and created new pools and eddies. The trail can be shortened to an easy, meandering creekside stroll of any length.

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park

Hiking Yellowstone National Park

A popular and easy day hike to a spectacular waterfall. The trip to Tower Fall is one of the shortest but most rewarding hikes in the park. From the overlook (about 100 yards from the store), you get a great perspective of the 132-foot waterfall.

Then by walking down a doublewide, carefully switchbacked trail for another 0.5 mile, you get the rest of the story.
The trail takes you down to where Tower Creek disappears into the mighty Yellowstone River. From here you used to be able to take a short spur trail to your left over to the foot of the falls.

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Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

This hike offers a walk along the Yellowstone River with the trail, steep walls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on each side. En route to the river are two separate locations to view Tower Falls. The first view is from an overlook along the trail. The other is from the base of this 130-foot falls with its volcanic pinnacles towering above.

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Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks

This easy jeans-and-tennis-shoes jaunt to an impressive waterfall is a perfect multi-generational affair, with something for the entire family. You can even leave the kids up top, at the general store, in the care of the jovial grandpas who will happily ply them with ice cream—and maybe even some fly-casting lessons in the parking lot.

The trail is accessible from May through at least October. The water level of the falls is highest during spring runoff. The trailhead is accessed from the chaotic but ample parking area.

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Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2010
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This trail has been limited to the falls overlook about 150 yards from the beginning. The continuation of the trail down to the yellowstone river has been closed since 2007. Great overlook but if you're looking to hike down to the river pick another trail.



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May 2018