Yellowstone River

Yellowstone National Park, Montana

Elevation Gain7,593ft
Trailhead Elevation5,652ft
Elevation Min/Max5245/6338ft
Elevation Start/End5652/5655ft

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River is a hiking trail in Gardiner, Montana and Wyoming. It is within Gallatin National Forest and Yellowstone National Park. It is 15.2 miles long and begins at 5,652 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 30.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 7,593 feet. The 1Y4 camp site can be seen along the trail. There are also viewpoints along the trail. This trail connects with the following: 1y5, 2h1, Blacktail Deer Creek, 1r2, 1r1, Hellroaring Stock Cutoff, 1r3, 1y7, 1y9, Hellroaring Creek, 1y1, Crevice Creek, 1y2 and 1y4.

Yellowstone River Professional Reviews and Guides

"Wildlife sightings and striking views highlight this tough shuttle hike that spans the length of Specimen Ridge.

Specimen Ridge overlooks the wildlife-filled grasslands of the Lamar Valley, making this lengthy ramble a great choice for wildlife lovers visiting Yellowstone to check off the Rockies’ most charismatic megafauna on their life list. Start early or stay late to spot the crowds of elk, bison, antelope, moose, wolves, and bears that roam Lamar’s grassy expanse.

From the trailhead, hike southeast across the vast, rolling hills that border the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. After 1.4 miles, the trail veers to the right below the crest of Specimen Ridge and continues to climb to the southeast. Roughly 2 miles later, take a break at the scenic vantage point overlooking Yellowstone’s wildlife-rich northern range."

"This 20.6-mile out-and-back in the northern reaches of Yellowstone National Park culminates with panoramic views from the rocky crown of Electric Peak.

Featuring a memorable mix of plains, peaks, and wildlife, this 20.6-mile trek scales the scree-laden slopes of Electric Peak for unobstructed views across Yellowstone National Park. The route begins on the south side of Kingman Pass at the Bunsen Peak/Glen Creek trailhead and travels east through the sagebrush grasslands. Keep an eye out for grizzly and bison, which roam the area. Cruise past a few trail junctions and remain on
the path that points directly for the pyramid-shaped Electric Peak. Past the plains, the trail continues up a small river valley and then ducks into a thick forest of Douglas fir."

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Nov 2018