Explore the most popular horseback riding 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.

We started at trailhead near Undine falls. Hiked to get a closer view of falls about 1/2 mile

Beautiful hike! From certian areas on this trail, you see parts of Yellowstone National Park that you would not otherwise see. We started at the trailhead by the hot springs and ended up behind Mammoth Spings Hotel. There is an initial increase in elevation the fist half mile of the hike, maybe 400 feet or so, then the trail levels off for a a couple of miles. Toward the end, there is a lot more up and down unitl you reach a breaktaking meadow, perfect place for a picnic! We saw Elk, and various birds, the wild flowers were an amazing display of spring colors! NO beavers in the ponds, but worth the hike!!!

hiking
13 days ago

Love this hike! I did it alone, thinking I would see many others, but only saw two other groups the whole way. No wildlife the day I went, but evidence of elk, deer, bison and bear. Also, no Beaver dams or beavers at beaver Ponds. No matter, the views were incredible! I’d do this hike again.

backpacking
18 days ago

Quite possibly one of the best destinations in the park. Takes a bit of effort to get to the trailhead, but definitely worth it. I think it's best done as an over night hike so you have more time to enjoy the falls and relaxing in the nearby Ouzel/Scout Pool. The river crossings are typically much too high in the spring, usually the hike isn't really accessable until mid July at the earliest. And just as everyone else has said, you need bug spray!

nice hike !

on Slough Creek Trail

camping
24 days ago

Really enjoyed this out and back trail. Hiked to 2S6 for first night. About 9 miles, crossing into Montana. There’s a sign, pretty cool. Hiked back to 2S1 the second night. About 5 miles. Exiting the third day. The trail head and Slough Creek Rd are busy with wildlife watchers, but once on the trail, we didn’t see a single person for three days. Lots of wildlife, especially bison. In my opinion these are the best campsites in the trail. 2S6 is slightly elevated with a great view of the entire valley. 2S1 is right on the Slough Creek. Both sites have direct access to water. Bring your filter or purification tabs. Both have food storage lockers and hanging poles, and fire rings. We did not have any bear encounters, although we did see black bear and grizzly around the park. This is also prime wolf territory. Buffalo are everywhere and not shy. Our trip in late May was risky, but we were extremely lucky with the weather. Raining only at night. No bugs at all. In all, I highly recommend this trail.

We hiked this in late May and found it to be a great little trail. You go through a variety of scenery including pine forest, birch grove, woodland meadows and streams, small lakes and ponds, and open sage brush. There were lots of animals and birds about including elk, deer, bear sign, and a badger. Ducks, grouse, and a variety of song birds were abundant. The hike has a steep beginning but the majority of the hike has little or gradual elevation change. No mosquitos!

Not a lot of “majestic” views, but lots of variety and wildlife. Recommended for kids!

Incredible!!! No beavers but was our favorite part of our 3 day stay in Yellowstone.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy little walk to the Boiling River. Such a fun time. Read my blog post (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/15/boiling-river-yellowstone-national-park) and watch my vlog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-06iSXOUc&t=5s)

PS you have to pay to get into Yellowstone Park to get to this area.

We went on May 20 and would not recommend hiking this trail for another month. The trail is near impossible to find at the top and falling through the snow 3-5’ deep and getting stuck and stabbed by logs is not safe. Has a beautiful view of Yellowstone lake and hotel though.

Nice hike with a steep climb at the start then leveling out through thick trees. Saw elk, deer, chipmunks and ground squirrels for days. Beaver pond had a couple of abandoned beaver dams but no beavers. Great views of the canyon.

Very nice hike with a great view over the lake from the top. We went in mid-June and the snow was waist-deep near the top. Lots of melt made it very, very muddy so plan accordingly depending time of year. Carry bear pepper spray!

Great hike and took 9&11 year old. They did fine but it did get steep at times. Great view at top. Bear Spray is recommended. We did not have any encounters but they are common in this trail from what we heard.

on Union Falls Trail

camping
3 months ago

Well worth the hike will do again

This trail offers great views of wildlife and the Northern part of the Yellowstone River's 20 mile long Grand Canyon. Along the way we saw plenty of bison, marmots and a small herd of bighorn sheep. The parking area (Yellowstone River Picnic Area) is the perfect place to have a picnic after a good hike.

Fairly long hike if going straight to the falls in one go, but shouldn't be too bad as long as you're not carrying too much weight. The meadows section was very muddy, and is a guarantee to get your feet and legs wet if you don't have a good pair of boots. Waterfall at the end is pretty incredible.

Challenging hike, it lives up the rating of hard but had some spectacular falls at the end. Road to the ranger station is bumpy so cars with low clearance be aware. Waited 45 minutes for a ranger to show up, ended up being in his rv next door. Spent an hour in the station doing paperwork and watching a safety video. Finally got on the trail with about 2 hours of sunlight left (don't recommend doing if you dont want to hike through the night). First section of the trail is about 4 miles and goes though woods with a mixture of uphill and downhill, a majority being downhill). Then reached a small bridge that went over a nice looking stream. This then led to the meadow section of the trail, about 3-4 miles of this muddy meadow walking. If the meadows weren't covered in mud this wouldn't of been a bad section of the hike but it was pretty terrible walking through foot sinking mid for 3-4 miles. The last section of the trail goes through woods again, mostly flat with a few uphill sections, also about 3-4 miles. If you are trying to get to the bottom of Dunanda falls you must go through campsite 9A3, if you don't you will wind up at the top of the waterfalls on some narrow trails that can be easy to miss. All in all this would've been a great hike had we not had heavy backpacks and been able to pace ourselves instead of racing daylight.

backpacking
8 months ago

great trail.... away from all of the people in YNP... bring deet if hiking in summer.. tons of mosquitoes and flies.. a little difficult when hitchhiking to the trailhead... I hitched from old faithful to the start of the dirt road... then off and on until I got to the trailhead... I think I spent more time hitchhiking to the trailhead than on the trail! haha .. fun trail.. wide river ford at the beginning..

Stunning hike through a combination of different landscapes. Not too difficult but it was long, kid friendly as long as they are used to being outdoors. Saw wolves but no bears. Other hikers said they saw a bear though.

Absolutely stunning hike with gorgeous panoramic views of the mountains. The incline is pretty gradual, and there is a great chance of viewing wildlife, especially elk in this area. The beaver ponds are excellent for photography with the mountains reflecting in them. This is one of our favorite shorter Yellowstone hikes!

hiking
8 months ago

I have always come in from Fish Lake. This trail features three river crossings, which for me adds to the fun, and skips the elevation gain of the Grassy Lake trail. About the same total distance. Hardly ever meet anyone on this trail.

An enjoyable hike that helped get me acclimated to the higher altitude. Great scenery and relatively easy hike.

My husband and I went on this trail on the last day of August 2017. We had a great time. We found it challenging but not too difficult. We are from sea level so some trails proved a little more difficult for us. From the trail we saw a hawk, one snake, some ruffed grouse, elk hanging out by mammoth hotel and two beautiful mule deer. This trail does a great job of taking you away from crowds. One of our favorites from the trip.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, came back in the dark, couple creek crossings, one big one . The water at Ouzel Pool was amazing. Heading back before the season ends. Falls was beautiful, the pool was the best.

The scenery is worth every step. We started at Cascade trail instead of Grassy Lake and did the Terrace Falls trail then came back to the trail sign and headed up Union Falls. Terrace Falls followed the river so the scenery was completely different than Union Falls. This made it a total of about 19.5 miles. Bring a swim suit and plan on swimming in the warm spring just a .3 mile detour to the left before Union Falls. At Unions Falls there is a trail that will take you down to the falls so you can get right next to it. Worth every step. 1 major river crossing. Heading back the cold water felt AMAZING on sore muscles. Even though this is not a steep trail plan on it taking you twice as long to get back because it is so long.

hiking
9 months ago

I would rate this trail moderate, not hard as in the description.

Coming from the Ashton side, there's about 25 miles on dirt roads, and it will take some time to get there. About one mile in, you will need to ford the Fall River. Depending on the time of year, the river can be anywhere from knee deep to thigh deep. As far as water crossings go, this one isn't bad at all. Trekking poles help a lot.

Beyond that, the trail is pretty straightforward, kind of rolling up and down the hills. There's generally plenty of shade, and plenty of spots to filter water.

The falls, located about 7.5 miles from the trailhead, are worth the effort. This is the second largest waterfall in Yellowstone, and is named for the two streams that converge at the waterfall.

Expect mosquitoes and horseflies from late June through early September (bring plenty of bug spray). Bear spray is also recommended.

Awesome! The hike back is harder than the hike in. Easily one of my favorite hikes!

The thorofare is one of a kind. The beginning is a mix of burn and alpine forest. This trail isn't necessarily hard, if you pace yourself. It's the distance that can be tough. Know your limits.

We went from the 9 mile trail head to 5E8 campsite in a few hours. Shortly afterwards one member of our four man party came down ill and was sick all night into the morning. So, we turned around and hiked out.

Our original intention was to do the thorofare and south boundary trail but a sick member just couldn't. We will return soon.

Overall, beautiful trail and nature. Highly recommended.

Beware the bears in the thorofare.

hiking
10 months ago

Nothing special but nice wildlife (sandhill cranes with chick, some elk, blue winged teals and a family of Cooper's hawk). The pond itself is much smaller and less impressive then it looks on the pictures.

Be aware of elk that you see in the sage, we saw a female standing 2 meters of the trail, as we saw later, her calf was hidden in the sage and if we wouldn't avoid it, she could charge.

This was a decent challenge with beautiful views. It was worth the the trip up. It took us 2 hrs with stops.

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