Crandall Trail is a 17.5 mile lightly trafficked trail located near Cody, WY and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until November.
Directions from Cody: Travel 17 miles north on WY 120, then travel west on WY 296. Trailhead is located just south of the Crandall Ranger Station, just east of Crandall Creek on WY Highway 296. North Crandall Trailhead, located just west of Crandall Creek serves the Crandall trail, too.
This is a beautiful, somewhat difficult trail. One end is at the Crandall Ranger Station and the other is at the Canoe Lake trailhead of Yellowstone National Park. The trail switches sides of the valley and exposes the hiker to beautiful views of bluffs and Crandall Creek. There are very few signs or trail markers, so the further one gets from the ranger station, the harder it is to follow the trail. It is curious that the Crandall Trail connects with the Canoe Lake trail in Yellowstone and yet is less maintained (meaning in worse shape) than the North Crandall Trail which dead ends at a pass overlooking YNP. (We bushwhacked the valley to link with the Cache Creek Trail but it was not easy.) There is about a three mile segment on a south facing slope that is steep and scree filled. One old sign warned riders to dismount along this section. I could not imagine trusting the footing of a horse. The last few miles along Timber Creek are largely in a burned or downed-tree area. There is a large former hunting campsite about four or five miles from Canoe Lake on Timber Creek. The trail crosses the creek there. Another great campsite is at the confluence of Closed Creek and Timber (where it becomes Crandall).