Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn

MODERATE 9 reviews
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Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible from June until September.

5.7 miles 1546 feet Out & Back

kid friendly


mountain biking

trail running


wild flowers


no dogs

Incredible views at the summit, with various wildlife along the way. Hike is a moderately strenuous, steady & continuous climb along a gravel service road to the summit. Wildlife is not abundant, but bighorn sheep are often seen in the area, and occasionally coyotes. With a 1,500 foot rise in elevation, conditions are generally windy and much cooler at the top, so you may want to bring a windbreaker or jacket. Plus, at this elevation, storms develop quickly, so don't forget rain gear! The fire lookout at the summit (10,243 ft) has an enclosed area with a viewing telescope, bench seating, pay phone, and interpretive information. This is a challenging hike, but the views at summit are absolutely spectacular...worth far more than the time and energy needed to complete the adventure!

3 months ago

Only giving it a 3 based on the fact we didn't make it to the top due to a Thunderstorm which turned us around back to the car, Nice views (to the SW, NW & west) but it is just like walking up a gravel road. not sure I would do it again or not, although I would still like to see the view at the top

4 months ago

I did this hike on the 24th of July. Started at 9:20 and reached the top at 10:30. Beautiful hike up even though it is steep. Little bit hazy from the top, but if u are considering doing this hike, DO IT! It's worth it

4 months ago

Hiked on a tour with a geologist with three teenagers who did a great job. RT took 3.75 hrs.

6 months ago

1 year ago

We hike this trail today. It took us about two hours to get up to the top, and about one hour to get down. We took this trail because the Yellowstone hiking guide said that it was a little shorter than hiking from Dunraven pass. After hiking this trail I don't think we would have done it the same. We definitely would have hiked from Dunraven pass. I think both trails are right about 3 miles. This trail isn't really a trail. It is a service road for Rangers to have access to the ranger station on top.

Notwithstanding all of that, it was 95° in Idaho Falls today and it was in the 70s at the top of the peak. It was a great day to be in Yellowstone.

1 year ago

2 years ago

great views- gets cold and windy!

3 years ago

Awesome views of the park, can see into at least 3 states. Trail is completely in alpine tundra, stay on trail because it damages the micro-systems. In summer there are many types of floura. The trail is rather steep in areas and loose gravel most of the way up so be careful as it is easy to loose your footing and slip as I did and almost broke my leg at my knee on the way down. Well worth the hike

4 years ago

Awesome trail with fantastic views and Bighorn sheep.