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I believe that whatever hike I did it was my favorite. I had waited so long to make it to Yellowstone to work and hike that I enjoyed every one. My first was Mt. Washburn from the Dunraven parking lot. I am 59 and was so pumped it seemed like a breeze getting there. Osprey Falls, I mountain biked down the dirt road leeding to the trail then hiked down to the falls. Fun to do the combination and the falls were impressive. No one there but me, just a note, lots of berries on the trail. Delacy Creek to Shoshone Lake, just a beautiful hike with forest and meadows and the lake as a payoff at the end. Avalanche Peak for the reason you go, the incredible view at the top. It was somewhat difficult but never to the point of thinking I wanted to turn back. Fairy Falls on to Imperial Geyser. If you go to Fairy you must continue on to Imperial. No crowd and you can go up the peaks behind it for views across the geyser basin. Again it was me and the people I was with alone. Hellroaring over the suspension bridge to the confluence of the Yellowstone River. The switchbacks coming back were as tough as I experienced but the hike is well worth the effort. It was a hot day and I had my water filter and re-supplied at Hellroaring creek. My favorite is Mystic Falls for a short hike with a great waterfall during peak season for water volume. Took different friends back to it for a total of three trips to Mystic duing my summer stay. Do the climb to the top behind the falls if you dont do the loop trail. You can see Old Faithfull erupt in the distance.

Statistics: Posted by daypack — Mon Nov 10, 2014 1:43 pm


Author: daypack
Posted: November 10, 2014, 8:43 pm
Geoff, how are you man?

If you are adamant about being within park boundaries Avalanche is also at the top of my list. I also like Slough Creek and the wonderful lake about 5 miles in, maybe the prettiest backcountry lake in the park. If you've never done Washburn I would from Dunraven [personal preference], but do not put it above Avalanche unless you really can't handle the lung busting. For a fourth hike maybe Black Canyon if its cold or Huckleberry Mt. just south of the park in the Teton Wilderness if its hot. Huckleberry is awesome, but certainly a longer day for some of us.

If you're not adamant about being within park boundaries this is a wonderful time for Teton Lakes, Ampitheathre and Surprise or my older age favorite hike in the park; Hanging Canyon to Lake of the Crags, another lungbuster like Avalance but also a shorter mileage day.

My facvorite place on Earth is the true headwaters area of the Wind River in the Southern Absaroka near Dubois, WY. I know a lot of great hikes in that area that are on the easy to moderate side. Also great stuff there into the Northeastern Wind River Range. Going from Red Badlands with spectacular cliffs above the Wind River to the largest glaciers outside of Oregon in less than a dozen miles is one of the things that makes the Dubois area IMO the most diverse landscape in the Rocky Mt. West. If you'd like more info message me.

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Statistics: Posted by JohnnyB — Tue Sep 09, 2014 9:07 am


Author: JohnnyB
Posted: September 9, 2014, 4:07 pm
guitar staccato wrote:
I'm planning on hiking on Sept 11th trough the 14th. Any recommendations for hikes around this time are greatly appreciated.


Depending on where you're staying -- and be sure to check on the road closures! -- this would be a great time to visit the Bechler area down in the southwest part of the Park.

The views from Avalanche Peak (see Dan-O's post above) should be magnificent, and it's only a half-day commitment.

If you're adventurous and looking for something that can't be done earlier in the season, you might consider starting the Specimen Ridge trail from the east. This involves fording the Lamar, which can't be done safely until the dry season. After crossing the Lamar you'd come to Amethyst Mountain. From there. if you have time and energy, you could continue on to visit the petrified trees, which are a few hundred feet down from the ridge. (PM me if you want specifics on where they are located. The huge trees pictured in the old Knowlton monograph can be a little hard to find.) If you have two vehicles and are really ambitious you could go all the way to the western trailhead near Tower/Roosevelt. There are a lot of nice views along the ridge.

Some cautions: There's no source of water along the ridge, so carry plenty. Ask about water levels in the Lamar before you set out. And the weather could include anything from late-afternoon thunderstorms to whiteout snowstorms.

Wherever you go, let us all know about it! Happy Hiking!

Geoff

Statistics: Posted by MGoBlue — Tue Sep 09, 2014 8:38 am


Author: MGoBlue
Posted: September 9, 2014, 3:38 pm
I'm planning on hiking on Sept 11th trough the 14th. Any recommendations for hikes around this time are greatly appreciated.

Cheers!

Statistics: Posted by guitar staccato — Mon Sep 08, 2014 8:25 pm


Author: guitar staccato
Posted: September 9, 2014, 3:25 am
Avalanche Peak

By far the best day hike I have been on in the park.
The trail head is located on the East Entrance Road located between Eleanor Lake and Sylvan Lake.
Approximate mileage and elevation gain: 4.4 miles round trip. 2,120’ elevation gain.
A couple of notes on this hike.
1.There is no water on this hike, make sure you wear a daypack and bring plenty of water and a snack.
2.Even on a nice day, it can get chilly up on the Alpine portion of this hike, bring a long sleeve thermal shirt or a light jacket.
3.Bring a first aid kit.
I’m not trying to scare you, it’s just that I always see people hiking without daypacks and the common sense items that should be in it. My pack is always full of stuff I rarely use, but you never know.

The hike starts out through a sub-alpine forest and climbs steadily. On our way up through this section, we ran into a Doe Black tail Deer, and that can almost be taken literally. My Daughter looked up and she was within 20’ feet of it.
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I would say at around half way up you will come out of the forest and this is where the Alpine portion of the hike begins. This is where we stopped for a snack break.
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The hike up to this portion has pretty much been a steady climb and it doesn’t change from here. Just pace yourself and you can make it to the top.
The first portion of the trail into the Alpine is a little loose, but not bad. To me it was the worst part of the trail and again, just take your time.
About half way up this portion of the trail you will come to an area with White Pine Trees that have been blown in the wind. Another spot to take a break if needed.
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The top isn’t far off now. This is where I decided to change from a short sleeve shirt into my long sleeve. Synthetic wicking fabric is the best as it doesn’t hold your sweat and make you cold, and you will sweat on this hike, no matter what the temperature is outside.
Close to the top you will come to a nice little sitting area. Nice stop for pictures. The peak isn’t far from here.
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On our way down, we spotted this Boreal Owl who was nice enough to pose for a couple of photos.
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I’ve done quite a few of the short, 10 miles or less, day hikes in the park and this is by far my favorite. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. I felt like I really accomplished something and the views were amazing.

Statistics: Posted by Dan-o — Mon Aug 12, 2013 5:35 pm


Author: Dan-o
Posted: August 13, 2013, 12:35 am
I think you'll get more answers if you post in a new thread with your specific questions. Lots of great hikes just let us know how strenuous, length, fitness levels etc..

Cheryl

Statistics: Posted by vetmom — Wed May 08, 2013 3:34 pm


Author: vetmom
Posted: May 8, 2013, 10:34 pm
I have done both and the view of Grand Prismatic from the Fairy Falls side is definitely the better. The Fairy Falls side is more "looking down on" where the Midway Bluff is more "looking across to".
The Midway Bluff is worth doing one time at least. There are great views down and up valley as well as some nice rock formations on the bluff itself.

Statistics: Posted by S_Egbert — Wed May 08, 2013 12:49 pm


Author: S_Egbert
Posted: May 8, 2013, 7:49 pm
PandKB wrote:
kalamitykatie wrote:Fairy Falls is in a BMA (bear management area) that usually opens Memorial Day Weekend. It's flat and in the open so shouldn't be a problem once the BMA closure is lifted. Once of the spots from which to get a elevated view of Grand Prismatic is off that trail (social trails going up the hill).


That trail is open now, they lifted the bear management restrictions yesterday AM. That hill (we need to name it!) is covered in snow, though, so anyone who attempts to climb up it should be careful. The trail up to Midway Bluff across the road is clear (or was before the snows today), however.


I just read yesterday about Midway Bluff as an option to see prismatic spring. Has anyone done both of these hikes? Does one have a better view of Prismatic. I think I have only seen shots from Fairy Falls.

Statistics: Posted by bgsnmky — Wed May 08, 2013 12:19 pm


Author: bgsnmky
Posted: May 8, 2013, 7:19 pm
werewolf wrote:
Fawn Pass. Nothing Special about the first 3Mi. but have seen and run into Grizz everytime that myself or group have taken it.Thats early May Mid Sept. werewolf


WHen I read this..not sure if running into a Grizz is a good thing ! :o

Statistics: Posted by bgsnmky — Wed May 08, 2013 12:00 pm


Author: bgsnmky
Posted: May 8, 2013, 7:00 pm
Love this thread.

We re a family of 10 coming to YS - in 30 days. :D

2 of us have been there twice, but didn't hike a lot. And the other 8 have never been. It is always hard to determine how much to hike (two or 3 hour or more hike vs being able to see the whole park etc) But some of these pictures look incredible!!!

If we have specific questions on these hikes should we ask here or in another thread.
(example mt Washburn - do we start from the parking lot to the top and that gives us still a good hike) etc.
Looking for 1 to 2 hour hikes maybe!

Definitely wanting to see Prismatic Spring from Fairy Falls, but deciding if we want to go all the way to the falls.

Statistics: Posted by bgsnmky — Wed May 08, 2013 11:47 am


Author: bgsnmky
Posted: May 8, 2013, 6:47 pm
While this hike may not fall in the "short" category (it's 16 to 20 miles depending on what you want to do), it is a wonderful hike and one of my favorites. I'll call it the Hayden Valley Hike. Take the old service road up Trout Creek in Hayden Valley to the point where it intersects with the Mary Mountain Trail (two miles east of Mary Lake). At this point you can continue on to Mary Lake (recommended) or turn around and head back east down the Mary Mountain Trail. This hike allows you to see both the north and south ends of Hayden Valley with plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities, thermal areas to explore, plus lunch at a back country lake (if you choose the option of hiking on to the lake). The Trout Creek option avoids much of the backtracking of yo-yoing the Mary Mountain Trail and you get to pass some historic Park locations along the way. Elevation gain is 574 feet over ten miles if you go to the lake, or 427 feet over eight miles if you turn around at the intersection of the two trails.

Statistics: Posted by Scatman — Fri Nov 02, 2012 1:38 pm


Author: Scatman
Posted: November 2, 2012, 8:38 pm
That photo was taken below the Summit of Austin Peak, I blieve it was the 7th of July, 2008. This is the very southern end of the Buffalo Plateau on the order of the Teton Wilderness but looking back into the Shoshone NF's Jules Bowl and the Pinnacle Buttes.

Statistics: Posted by JohnnyB — Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:51 am


Author: JohnnyB
Posted: September 6, 2012, 4:51 pm
John,

Where is this picture taken? It is absolutely amazing!!


JohnnyB wrote:
Well I'd hoped we might get a bit more interest beyond park boundaries but I understand we all have or favorites and predjudices. I would guess most of us don't check out pinned posts like this too. The hikes I take are generally within the capabilities of most of us, bletween 4 aqnd 12 miles roundtrip. I'm pushing 50, often have a bit of a belly, etc.

I guess I'll just say that if anyone is looking for stellar stuff outside Yellowstone that can often surpass just about anything but the Thermal Features and Waterfalls in remoter parts of Yellowstone then let me know and I'll point you to some of the 75% or more of Greater Yellowstone few of you apparently want to consider.

Peace,

John

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Statistics: Posted by ksmedic911 — Wed Sep 05, 2012 9:59 pm


Author: ksmedic911
Posted: September 6, 2012, 4:59 am
I wanna put my hat in for the Delacy Creek Trail. I have been doing this since I was a kid. My father has been obsessed with Shoshone Lake and will get there any way he can. Delacy is a flat, 6 mile roundtrip hike through tall trees and beautiful meadows following the Delacy Creek. There is nothing better than sitting on the volcanic pebbles on Shoshone Lake with you feet soaking in the Lake. This is the fastest way to Shoshone.

Statistics: Posted by halwonder — Sat Jul 21, 2012 10:07 am


Author: halwonder
Posted: July 21, 2012, 5:07 pm
Well I'd hoped we might get a bit more interest beyond park boundaries but I understand we all have or favorites and predjudices. I would guess most of us don't check out pinned posts like this too. The hikes I take are generally within the capabilities of most of us, bletween 4 aqnd 12 miles roundtrip. I'm pushing 50, often have a bit of a belly, etc.

I guess I'll just say that if anyone is looking for stellar stuff outside Yellowstone that can often surpass just about anything but the Thermal Features and Waterfalls in remoter parts of Yellowstone then let me know and I'll point you to some of the 75% or more of Greater Yellowstone few of you apparently want to consider.

Peace,

John

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Statistics: Posted by JohnnyB — Sat Apr 28, 2012 2:55 pm


Author: JohnnyB
Posted: April 28, 2012, 9:55 pm
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