Category: Day Hikes

YELLOWSTONE RIVER PICNIC AREA TRAIL

Trailhead: 1.25 miles  NE of Tower Junction on the road to the NE Entrance Distance: 3.7 miles (5.9 km) roundtrip Level of difficulty: Moderately strenuous   A moderate trail which starts at the Yellowstone River Picnic Area and rises up to the eastern lip of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, following the rim of […]

WRAITH FALLS TRAIL

Trailhead: Pullout ¼ mile east of Lava Creek Picnic area, Mammoth-Tower Road Distance: 1 mile (1 km) round trip Level of Difficulty: Easy This short, easy hike takes only minutes.  It travels through open sagebrush and Douglas-fir forest to the foot of Wraith Falls cascade on Lupine Creek.  It is a good option for families […]

UPPER GEYSER BASIN TRAILS

Trailhead: Boardwalk in front of Old Faithful Visitor Center Distances: Several miles of trails, including a loop to the east and one to the west Level of Difficulty: Easy Although Old Faithful Geyser, the most famous geyser in the park, is located in this area, the trails oriented around Old Faithful Village offer the opportunity […]

STORM POINT TRAIL

Trailhead: Pullout at Indian Pond, 3 miles east of Fishing Bridge Visitor Center Distance: 2 mile (3 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Easy   If you would like to get a good view of Yellowstone Lake off the beaten path, without expending much effort, this could be the trail for you. This easy trail starts […]

SPECIMEN RIDGE TRAIL

Trailhead: 2.5 miles east of Tower Junction Distance: 1 to 11 miles one way Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult   This is a moderate trail which takes one to the lip of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone at the one mile point, then turns to the east and gradually climbs through sagebrush and […]

SOLFATARA CREEK TRAIL

Trailhead #1: Loop C in Norris Campground Trailhead #2: approx. 3/4 mile south of Beaver Lake Picnic Area Distance: About 13 miles round trip Level of Difficulty: Easy to moderate; highest climb is about 400 feet Beginning in the Norris Campground, the trail traverses lodgepole pine forest as it follows Solfatara Creek for a short […]

PELICAN CREEK TRAIL

Trailhead: West end of Pelican Creek Bridge, 1 mile (1.5 km) east of Fishing Bridge Visitor Center Distance: 1 mile (1.5 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Easy This very short but scenic trail passes through a forested area to the shore of Yellowstone Lake before looping back across the marsh along Pelican Creek to the […]

OSPREY FALLS TRAIL

Trailhead: 5 miles south of Mammoth on the Old Bunsen Peak Road Trail Distance: 8 miles (12.9 km) roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Difficult Whether you start south of Bunsen Peak on the old Bunsen Peak road (the trailhead noted above) or north of Bunsen Peak on the other end of the old Bunsen Peak road, […]

OBSERVATION POINT TRAIL

OBSERVATION POINT TRAIL Trailhead: Firehole River footbridge behind Old Faithful Geyser Distance: 1.1 mile (1 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Moderate This loop trail gains about 200 feet in elevation to a prominent overlook providing a great view of the Upper Geyser Basin.  Elk and bison are often in the area, and it is not […]

NATURAL BRIDGE TRAIL

Trailhead: Bridge Bay Marina parking lot near the campground entrance road Distance: 3 miles (5 km) roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Easy The natural bridge is a 51 feet high cliff of rhyolite rock that has been cut through by the process of erosion in nearby Bridge Creek. The trail from the campground traverses a forested […]

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