Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Yellowstone National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
over grown
12 days ago

Did this hike with group of 5 July of 2018. Good hike and challenging first couple miles because it’s all uphill. Trail says it’s 7.6 miles to the lake but my phone tracked more around 10 miles. Unsure whether it was accurate but it definitely felt longer than 7 miles. It’s super easy to miss the OE1 campground so right when you hit the lake keep your eyes open. You will need a back country pass to stay overnight so go to the visitor centers ranger station. Will cost you like 3 dollars to camp.

fishing
2 months ago

We didn’t go too far but the river is beautiful! We did not catch any fish here but did see several big ones :)

on Agate Creek

backpacking
3 months ago

If you want to enjoy the solitude in this busy Park, this is the one you should try.

Great 5-6 day hike! definately cross creeks and a marsh so water shoes. I kept my keens on for miles rather than keep switching. the camp sites are great. You can also take Trail Creek to the Thorofare and to Mountain Creek if late July and you can wade across the upper-ford of the Yellowstone River or a sweet camp site before crossing. Met a healthy grizzly just before Thorofare on the trail. He exited and went around 40 yards out. Can also catch a trail down to the South Boundary Trail. I did it in early October and snow one night.

Great hike! Super long and tiring but amazing. Great views and so much fun.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely amazing! Our favorite sites were 3L7 and 3L9. Animals everywhere. Beautiful views.

One of my all time favorite hikes! Make sure to plan accordingly for river crossings, you’ll want to be able to take of long layers/have shorts for wading. Water shoes are a must! Scout hole provides a perfect resting place before venturing back out.

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked this trail today at a slow pace with my adult son. Out and back took about 6 hours, but it could easily be done in 4 by fit hikers. The elevation gain is minimal. Roughly 6 miles to the lake. We walked through beautiful alpine meadows around Glen Creek on the Fawn Pass Trail until reaching the connector with the Electric Peak trail behind Sepulcher Mountain. The EP and Sportsman Lake trails led ahead, while the Snowpass trail entered from the right at the trail junction. We took the EP/Sportsman trail to the Cache Lake spur following along Glen Creek, and passing across a shoulder of Sepulcher Mtn to a dense forest . There were 4-5 inches of snow on the ground in the upper third of the trail. We saw no one and the only footprints were the local animal residents, including bear and moose. We had the walk through the dense snow covered forest to ourselves. At roughly 5.2 miles we reached the Cache Lake spur trail which climbs a bit more steeply across a forested ridge to the lake at the foot of Electric Peak. The peak was mostly obscured by clouds. Overall, this was a beautiful hike and not too strenuous, but be prepared. Animal signs, including wolves and bear, were everywhere.

hiking
4 months ago

Have done this like multiple times including hiking through from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. to the pelican Valley Trail head, out and back from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. and like today out and back from Pelican Valley Trail head. This is the best shape the trail has been in many years except for some rough spots likely as result of bison using the trail when it is muddy. Normally you cannot do this hike without seeing a lot of bison at least. Today we saw elk including two large bowl elk with large racks and also a black wolf across turbid lake.

Started at the trailhead adjacent to Mammoth parking area and went up, up, up. Beautiful but relentless. Elk bugling everywhere. Blizzard conditions as we approached ridge - a bit dicey with wind/snow whipping up ridge. No views. Once on SW side of ridge slope is less steep and more dry/high plains desert. Be prepared for changing conditions and consider taking route in reverse if steep inclines are not your thing. Great workout. Elk, mule deer, grouse.

Trail closed for bear activity. 9/26/18

Great trail with great views the whole way! Was surprised by a grizzly on the trail about 15 yrds from us as we turned a corner about halfway from the inspiration point trailhead. Ended up driving to inspirational point.

fantastic wild country, while we did not see too many large mammals we did have 2 bison encounters and see some very large, very fresh grizzly bear and wolf tracks. I will go again.

hiking
4 months ago

Starts with a pleasant walk through a forest by the canyon, with a couple of nice lookout points. The trail really starts to shine 2-3 miles in once you start your descent into the canyon. Great views, lots of waterfalls and hot springs. You eventually make your way down to the river itself, before a tough hike back up to where you came from. We had a close encounter with a black bear on the way back quite close to the trailhead, so be prepared!

8/17/2018.
We hiked this trail from the lava creek trail head parking lot out towards Undine Falls and back again. Steep downhill to get to the suspension bridge crossing the Gardiner River - a fun trail addition, especially the signs warning people not to try and get their horses to cross the bridge!
You’ll walk through tall sagebrush and grasses, so be sure you have bug spray as well as your bear spray.
We ran into three other hikers and spotted some elk grazing by the river.
The trail shows signs of being VERY muddy earlier in the year, making the footing somewhat difficult. Hikers and large wildlife had churned it up pretty good, and it dried into a lumpy mess. Boots are a must here.
We saw lots of signs of wildlife and an elk carcass, but no large animal sightings except the two elk. We started our hike at 9:30 am. Very pretty scenery along the river and at one spot in the trail you are close enough to get down to it.

backpacking
4 months ago

I did this route in reverse as a 3 night, 4 day backpack. Parked at Mist Creek trailhead and then hitchhiked to the Lamar Valley. This was an easy enough backpack to do in reverse, even though it is an elevation gain the whole way. Due to late start, first day was 5.6 miles, relatively flat. Campsite 3L4 was lovely. The second day out was the most difficult day, with a lot of steep up and downs that neither the map or Schneider book shows. The view along the Lamar River is beautiful. Stayed in campsite 3U3, which was not that nice. No view and hidden in the trees. Day 3 looked like a lot of climbing, but frankly, it wasn’t that bad. Slope was gentle most of the way, and the last couple of miles to the most wonderful campsite 3T3 were flat. The map shows mileage from 3T3 to be only 9.7 miles, but my GPS read 11.4 miles. That is what it felt like too. The hike up the pass was not too bad, about 1 1/2 miles up. I saw a bear, and it saw me too, so ran off. Mist Creek Valley is long and hot, but very beautiful. I think doing this hike in reverse was good, the uphill not so bad. Plus that 11.4 miles to campsite 3T3 with a heavy pack would be long. As a previous poster mentioned, there are some muddy spots along the trail created by horse traffic, but were for the most part easy to navigate. All in all, this was an extremely beautiful,lovely hike. The burned areas add to the beauty, rather than detract from it. Colors are very vivid.

Is quite crowded for most of it but the views are excellent.

Trail is not maintained in places. Started from the Canyon side. The first few miles the trail is wet and marshy. Several springs to jump over. The trail is not always well defined for first 5 miles. During the first 3 do the best you can and look for orange trail markers. The bison trails merge and go off from the trail making it difficult to figure out which is which. Once you hit trees markers are on the trees. There isn't always an actual trail between markers so be on the lookout for them. The trail is better defined and marked once you really get into trees. I went to the lake and back and mileage was just over 21. Lots of bison on and near trail. Bears frequent this area

hiking
5 months ago

The walk had some varying terrain. You start along the canyon then undulate through forest. The descent begins with a geyser then others as the descent drops more dramatically. Nice views along the trek. Walking sticks are handy down and up. Have lunch along the river upwind from the sulphur smelling geysers. The trek back I did huff and puff, still trying to get acclimated. Wildlife spotted was limited to chipmunks and squirrels. Only saw a dozen other hikers.
Highly recommend.

Not a hard walk. Elevation incline is not huge. We walked counter clockwise which is best I think. Only wildlife spotted was 1 x Llama and chipmunks and squirrels with occasional birds. But beautiful scenery up to Shoshone Lake. Highly recommend.

Tough hike with interesting scrambling near the top

Great hike. The views were amazing. Started at Lower Falls, hiked to Inspiration Point and then back to Grand View and Overlook.

Can’t wait to go back! When I was there, my husband and I hiked a portion of it with our 6th month old which was interesting. It was steep and chilly so we ended up turning around but the views were INSANE! Super pretty place, I don’t think Americans realize how lucky they are to have a country so beautiful as ours! The GC at YST is amazing and everyone should see it! Next time I intend to take my older kids there to hike the entire park!

A buddy and I started at the Warm Creek trailhead and hiked in to 3P5 campsite 30 Aug 2018. The first 1-2 miles was a difficult ascent. The hike then opened into a beautiful meadow with several easy creek fords. The specific campsite was right along Pebble Creek and simply as good as it gets for backcountry camping. After setting up camp, we hiked another mile or two through the meadow toward Bliss Pass and then back to our site. We hiked back to the car the following morning. I wish we could have through hiked to Pebble Creek campground because it was no doubt a gorgeous hike.

hiking
5 months ago

This hike seemed like it was forever. We were expecting to see some bison, elk, and maybe a moose, but we didn't see much, but poop. You cross 4 streams, but the first two are dry right now. The third, you can jump over pretty easily, but the 4th you are going to have to take off your shoes. It goes about ankle deep and calf deep in some areas, but its an easy crossing. There's no trail to get you right up to the lake, but you can get to it fairly easily if you walk through the trees. There was a couple camping at the lake when we went and they saw a moose swim the whole lake earlier in the day. We started at 3pm and got back around 7:30. We went pretty slow, but its fairy easy and flat. Disappointed that we didn't see anything, but there is definitely tons of elk and deer around.

I’ve done the hike 7 times and it’s been worth it every time. Swimming in ouza pools is a party too!

It’s actually 24 miles even from the heart lake trail head! Awesome hike, YNP got its first snow and I would say there’s probably only a couple days left to do this hike! Otherwise it’s icy and limited footing the last mile to the fire Lookout!

Amazing!! Would do it again in a heartbeat. Did it in the morning in July, still pretty chilly with some snow near the top. The views along the way and at the top are incredible, but extremely windy at the top. Still a great hike

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