Gneiss Creek Trail is a 28 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.
The snow was incredibly deep and we had to cut our own trail. It was a lot of effort. Most of the trail we followed was in open meadows which made it easy to create our own trail. We tried to follow GPS as close as possible but a few times had to stray from the GPS trail in order to find a path through sections of trees.
We were hoping to see animals but they all must have been hiding or hibernating.
Please see the other Gneiss Creek Trail reviews for more details, but this trail from this direction is actually a 14 mile through hike that finishes at 7 mile bridge on the east entrance road.
Gneiss Creek is actualy a 14 mile through hike that starts at the 7 mile Bridge (7 miles from the west entrance) and ends at a trailhead about 10 miles south of the town of West Yellowstone, or the other way around if you desire.
My only guess on how they came up with 3.6 mile distance is that from 7 mile bridge there is a junction with the Cougar Cabin Trail 1.4 miles in.
Anyways, hope that clears any confusion, and please take the time to enjoy this beautiful part of Yellowstone!!
P.S. It Makes a great ski as well!!