Specimen Ridge Trail

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Specimen Ridge Trail is a 34.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

34.1 miles 7654 feet Out & Back



nature trips


trail running


horseback riding

hot springs



wild flowers


washed out

no dogs

The loop trail starts at the Yellowstone River Picnic Area and loops on the Speciman Ridge Trail. This hike has a lot of opportunity to see wildlife and fantastic views. The trail starts at the Yellowstone Picnic Area. From there you'll walk along the trail, riding the edge of a cliff by the north end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. About two miles into the hike, you'll take a left turn on the Speciman Ridge Trail toward the Northeast Entrance Road. At the road, walk West along the road for about 0.75 miles to get back to the picnic area. There are a lot of opportunities to see animals. Be sure to hike safely in bear country!

7 months ago

10 months ago

I liked it and all of the weather changes during our hike. It went from hot and sunny to having to duck under a tree due to a sudden downpour. Was more of an easy hike for me, pretty views at the top.

1 year ago

Incredible hike. Takes you through rolling hills for miles then towards the end you get some gorgeous views. Make sure you really pay attention to where you are going though, we almost lost the trail in the middle.

1 year ago

Awesome! Pretty interpretive with the snowfall but the views are so gorgeous and it really gets you away from the road.

3 years ago

This hike takes about two miles next to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, right near the cliff. I didn't find this hike difficult, but those who have problems with heights will want to avoid it, even though it has magnificent views. On the trail, I saw a badger, a herd of bighorn sheep with lambs, bison, marmot, mountain bluebirds, and pronghorn. Walking next to the road for 3/4 mile was the only reason I rated this hike 4 stars instead of 5.