FAIRY FALLS TRAIL

Trailhead #1: Steel Bridge parking area 1 mile south of the Midway Geyser Basin Trailhead #2: Fountain Flats parking area Distance: 5 miles (8 km) from trailhead #1; 7 miles (5.5 km) from trailhead #2 Level of Difficulty: Easy 197-foot Fairy Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in Yellowstone, dropping into a shallow pool Read More …

ELEPHANT BACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL

Trailhead: Pullout 1 mile (1.5 km) south of Fishing Bridge Junction Distance: 3 mile (5 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Moderately strenuous This trail climbs 800 feet in 1-1/2 miles (2.4 km) through a dense lodgepole pine forest. After a mile, the trail splits into a loop. The left fork is the shortest and least Read More …

CYGNET LAKES TRAIL

Trailhead: Pullout about 5.5 miles west of Canyon Junction Distance: 8 miles (14.4 km) roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Easy This trail travels through intermittently burned lodgepole pine forest and past small marshy ponds to the lush meadows surrounding Cygnet Lakes, which itself is small and boggy. The trail is day use only, and the trail Read More …

CASCADE LAKE TRAIL

Trailhead: Cascade Lake Picnic Area, 1.5 miles north of Canyon Junction Distance: 4.5 miles (7.2 km) roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Easy This easy hike is an enjoyable stroll through forested areas, open meadows and over small creeks. Look for wildlife and wildflowers in the spring and early summer months. Most years, this trail remains very Read More …

BUNSEN PEAK TRAIL

Trailhead: Entrance of Old Bunsen Peak Road, 5 miles south of Mammoth Distance: 2 miles to the summit (up to 10 miles roundtrip, depending on route) Level of Difficulty: Moderate As far as mountain scenery goes, this is one of the best short hikes in Yellowstone. The climb is fairly steep, climbing some 1300 feet Read More …

BEAVER PONDS LOOP TRAIL

Trailhead: Clematis Gulch between Liberty Cap and the stone house Distance: 5 mile (8 km) loop Level of Difficulty: Moderate One of Yellowstone’s shorter loop trails, this is a scenic hike with little elevation change and a good chance to see some of the Park’s larger animal inhabitants, including elk, deer, pronghorn, moose and occasional Read More …

AVALANCHE PEAK TRAIL

Trailhead: West end of Eleanor Lake across the road to the east of the small creek Distance: 5 miles (8 km) roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Strenuous This steep trail climbs 1,800 ft in 2.5 miles without the benefit of switchbacks, passing through a forested area and into an old avalanche slide area. It continues through Read More …

ARTIST PAINT POTS TRAIL

Trailhead: 4.4 miles south of Norris on the Norris-Madison road Distance: about 1 mile roundtrip Level of Difficulty: Easy Note: a new trail was cut in 2004, making this trail an even easier hike This is one of the overlooked yet wonderful very short hikes of Yellowstone. The trail, beginning as a boardwalk,  meanders through Read More …