Electric Peak

HARD 6 reviews
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Electric Peak is a 20.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is accessible from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

20.8 miles 5124 feet Out & Back




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Electric Peak is the most prominent peak in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. While very strong hikers can climb Electric Peak as a long day hike, the majority of hikers will want to make the climb as part of a 2 or 3 day backpacking trip, with a camp in the vicinity of the peak. This trail has everything from fields of wildflowers to views of the surrounding peaks and lots of wildlife. The 20.6-mile trek takes you up the valley and through the forest (along with some creek crossings) up to the base of Electric Peak and eventually to the summit. At the summit of Electric Peak you'll be able to enjoy unobstructed views across Yellowstone National Park on a clear day. The route begins on the south side of Kingman Pass at Glen Creek Trailhead and starts through the sagebrush grasslands. Keep your eyes open for wildlife in the plains, mostly mule deer, but some bears and bison have been seen here. Pass a few trail junctions and follow the signs toward the valley pointed directly for Electric Peak. Past the fields, the trail continues up a river valley for a couple miles and then enters a thick forest. At mile 6, continue straight at a 3-way junction (both across the river/creek at this point) to spend the night at campsite 1G3 or 1G4. The campsites are immediately adjacent to the creek. On the next day, backtrack to the 3-way junction and turn left to take the trail that leads up to Electric Peak summit. Near the summit, you'll need to traverse some loose scree. After 10.3 miles, the route ends at Electric Peak. Once at the summit you'll enjoy some of the best views of Yellowstone Park and can see the Grand Tetons in the distance. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.

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2 months ago

Beautiful. The rocks fall away when climbing the peak, so with every step, you're letting go and just keeping your eyes to the sky. Be careful of thunderstorms when climbing in summer afternoons. The first time I hiked this in 2013, someone had just died two days before during a lightning storm. Some younger park rangers had been planning their trip for months but were coming back as we were getting close to climbing the actual peak, and they'd decided not to make the ascent. My boyfriend and I summited around mid-afternoon and were fine, but please be careful.

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2 years ago

I did this in the winter from Gardiner MT, in a day. so I do not know if there is a good trail off of the old road at the ridge but it should be pretty strait forward.

2 years ago

Good trail, although the trail disappears before the summit. Some easy rout finding is required. Trail seemed pretty flat until the summit ridge was reached. Its a long way to go so give your self plenty of time and always watch the weather.