Yellowstone Winter 2018 Trip Report, Days 0-10 (1/21-31)

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Post by Max » Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:12 pm

I will be updating this thread with excerpts and links to my Winter 2018 trip reports, which will be posted every few days on my blog.


January 21, 2018
It’s been a while since I’ve flown out to Yellowstone for a winter trip, and it’s something I’ve never done for a tour-oriented trip.

Mirror Plateau Backpacking Trip

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Post by Scatman » Mon Oct 23, 2017 2:49 pm

This is a report from a seven day backpacking trip in July that took our group up onto the Mirror Plateau before heading off-trail to Opal Creek, Mirror Lake, Upper Pelican Creek, then heading down Raven Creek, up and over Lovely Pass to Mist Creek, and finally down Mist Creek and the Lamar River back to the Soda Butte Trailhead.
Yellowstone Trip June/July

Post by yellvet » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:46 pm

See the complete forum thread here

Trip Dates: June 15 thru July 14th

We camped at the Mammoth Campground before the Slough Creek CG opened, because I wanted to photograph the elk newborns and spring wildflowers. Had a wonderful time and wasn’t the least bit disappointed.

Planet Yellowstone: Live from the park, part 8

 by Helene on Wed May 30, 2012 10:31 pm

No Internet yesterday, just got in the Motel 6 in Jackson. Scrambling to keep up late in the game too, I’ve been talking (and seeing) too much and writing too little. So here is the old news first, hopefully I can tell you about today, tomorrow.

Specimen Ridge Sept.– YNet Discussion Forum Post

Finally found the big ones!

by MGoBlue on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:21 pm

Turned out the third time was the charm — It’s not really that hard, but we’d tried twice before to find the massive vertical petrified trees on Specimen Ridge. These are among the ones featured in Knowlton’s 1921 monograph for the USGS called Fossil Forests of the Yellowstone National Park, which you can access online at … /index.htm.
Yellowstone, October 27 & 28, 2012 (Report/Photos)

by GoHike on Mon Oct 29, 2012 2:41 pm

You can read the trip report here:
Inside of the blog post are links to images (as I write about them).If you want to skip straight to the gallery full of images you can do that here:
Make the jump to go through the online gallery, I ask that you leave comments/criticism or at least give your favorites a thumbs up… THANKS!
And the Ranger said “It’s that time of year”!

by BlueSky on Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:05 am

October 21-24The last thing The Ranger said to us while we were stuck at Canyon was “It’s that time of year”! The only way out & the ONLY gate open was the South Entrance. But we were camped at Mammoth! How would we get back there?
Max’s Fall Trip Report, Days 2 & 3: September 24 & 25
by Max  on Tue Sep 25, 2012 7:19 pm
Day 2
A couple of patterns are emerging on this trip: fairly quiet mornings followed by exciting afternoons. Though we’re not seeing a high volume of animals, our days are punctuated by great encounters with more elusive species. If the whole week goes this way, it will be pretty remarkable.
Friday & Saturday (Sept-21 & 22 2012) – Forum Post

by jleom on Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:01 pm

It was a lot better this time than the weekend before. It was the first time I felt I had been skunked (wildlife). I did get some good landscape photos but never did get the big lense out.We arrived Thursday evening and headed over to Great Fountain Geyser for the sunset.

Backpacking Hoodoo Basin (NE Yellowstone) 8/4-8/11, 2012

by Sitmowm on Tue Aug 14, 2012 2:42 pm

The Hoodoo Basin, in the northeast part of the park, is beautiful but remote. From the Soda Butte hikers’ trailhead in the Lamar Valley, it takes around 17 miles of hiking up the Lamar River and Miller Creek, and then a 2,000 foot climb and an additional six miles or so to reach the actual Hoodoos.
Avalanche Peak Hike – YNet Discussion Forums

June 23rd — Avalanche Peak

by MGoBlue on Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:01 pm

Finally got around to hiking up to the top of Avalanche Peak. This view from the trail shows Sylvan Lake below and the southern end of Yellowstone Lake in the distance:
YNP June 2012 -4101_DxO.jpg by chestercheetah7, on Flickr
[break]Still a fair amount of snow on the peaks in late June:Image
YNP June 2012 -4136_DxO.jpg by chestercheetah7, on Flickr[break]
The Waiting Game & scoping fun! (Forum Post)
by BlueSky on Sat Jul 21, 2012 3:38 pm
Question; How long do you wait to see some critter behavior you have never seen and want to? Answer; For us, 7 hours. I’ll get to that in a bit.We arrived Sunday July 8 at Pebble Creek Campground and got the same spot we had last year in August!
Some photos from our trip (Forum Post)

by Dubh on Mon Jul 09, 2012 8:04 pm

A big thank you to all on YNET for making our trip to GTNP & YNP (24th May – 13th June) so much fun and productive.
The trip report is going to take me a bit longer, hence posting some photos from our trip.
Our first Trip Report – June 16th – Day 9 (Forum Post)

by GeorgiaPhotog on Fri Jun 29, 2012 6:33 am
Day 9 – June 16, 2012 – Saturday:

We slept better during the night. Our cabin cooled down with the windows left open. We still haven’t run the heater and never would during our 4-night stay at Canyon. We were up early and out in Hayden Valley by 5AM.

Trip Report – (YNet Discussion Fourms)

by Dan on Tue Jun 19, 2012 8:54 pm

Day 1 – Arrived thru the east entrance out of Cody around 4pm. Saw a momma and baby moose about 5 miles past the entrance, a grizzly just west of Sylvan lake and a black at Tower. Time for Bed!

Day 2 – Vicki and I Met Bruce Gourley and Ken Drury and his daughter for a hike to Mystic Falls this Morning.

June 2-9th Wildlife Love Affair Again

by brentawp on Mon Jun 11, 2012 9:57 am

There are many thoughts that come to mind for these eight shooting days, not the least of which is rain. But during these two four-day photo safaris I was leading we came away with amazing experiences and some great images. Not all experiences lead to photos, but most in Yellowstone do.

Babies, Best Buddies & Birthday Surprises June 4-7 Part 1

by BlueSky on Sat Jun 09, 2012 8:49 pm

Kevin’s Birthday was upon us but he didn’t want any presents. What he did want was a photographic adventure to Yellowstone. On his wish list to capture in photos were, COY’s, Badgers & Babies( are they called kits or cubs?), Pikas, & especially Quad Mom & the little one & his/her sibling.
Planet Yellowstone: Live from the park, part 8
5 pm The afternoon drive between Mammoth and the Slough Creek turnout came and went without any drama, and right where we planned our midway break we ran into Max, Bill & Peggy. It’s not that we can’t have any fun with just the 2 of us, but their presence sure did upgrade the break.
Max’s Trip Report: Days 12 & 13
More gray, more snow, more of the same. Details are beginning to blur since so many of these days feature the same conditions and few standout sightings. Jenn and I caught our daily moose fix with the cow and yearling on the north side of the road at Warm Creek. We passed through the Lamar and Little America, encountering very little oncoming traffic. At Roosevelt we learned why. The road was closed heading west from Roosevelt Junction.