Trailhead #1: Chittenden Road Parking Area, 8.7 miles (13.9 km)
Trailhead #2: Dunraven Pass Parking Area, 13.6 miles south of Tower Junction
Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km) roundtrip
Level of difficulty: Moderately strenuous
One of the most popular hikes in Yellowstone, the Mt. Washburn trail offers expansive views of the eastern side of the park on clear, summer days. Each trail is 3 miles one way, switchbacking to the summit. An enclosed observation area allows you a respite from the wind and magnificent views for many miles around. Bighorn sheep are frequently seen during the summer on the upper parts of the trails. Alpine vegetation is visible on this hike, thanks to the high altitude.
The northern trail begins at the Chittenden Road parking area. The southern trail begins at Dunraven Pass parking area. Overflow parking is available at the Chittenden Road Trailhead.