Explore the most popular Snowshoeing 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.

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rocky
2 days ago

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rocky
5 days ago

Awesome trail. Took my husband an I (fairly in shape, outdoorsy people from Indiana) about 2-2.5 hrs to the top, taking quite a lot of pictures and hunkering down from the wind for a while. Minus excursions, probably would have taken about an hr and a half. Take a jacket. It’s really cold. And REALLY windy. Can be steep in some parts but nothing exposed and nothing technical. It’s seems a lot steeper coming down, you really have to watch your footing in the loose rocky areas. I’m not one for trekking poles, but for this one, it might be a decent idea. Beautiful 360 view that’ll take your breath away before the wind does.

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rocky
8 days ago

Very steep by the top had some of the most amazing views close to sunset I’ve ever seen. A full 360 of Yellowstone and beyond. Two out of shape people took about 3-4 hours up. 1 hour down.

hiking
10 days ago

Excellent hike with amazing 360 degree views atop Mt Amethyst, bison hogging the trail and curious Pronghorn. The whole hike took us twelve hours, including fording the river, which was knee high at the time in mid August, and hitchhiking back to the trailhead. My legs were throbbing and I was very sore by the end, but it was well worth the effort. Lost of bear skat on the latter part of the trail so be careful. Also, be sure to check the river level before you go so you don’t get stuck there with night falling and wolves roaming.

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11 days ago

Awesome trail. About 5.2 miles round trip, took us a little over 3 hours including stopping for pictures. The top is rocky and fairly slippery, but doable without hiking poles. Very windy at the peak.

Loved this trail. The forest area was beautiful. The wildflowers were beautiful the whole time. We didn’t see bugs in the forest like others did, but we sprayed ourselves. We each had walking sticks with sharp points. I strongly recommend poles or sharp walking sticks. With those and proper shoes, I’d rate this trail as moderate. It really made a huge difference. I wouldn’t do the trail without them. The views are absolutely outstanding. Get an early start and enjoy the top to yourself like we did. By the time we headed down, there were a dozen people coming up! Total time was 3:15, but we spent a good half hour on the top and stopped for pics along the way down. We also went to the further point. I’d recommend it, but it is super WINDY. Be prepared and be smart. It’s also super cold up there.

hiking
14 days ago

Very nice walk through the flowers and woods early on with good views from the top. It took my wife and I 1:30 to get to the top and an hour back down at a decent pace with only a few short breaks.

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rocky
15 days ago

Great trail with great views along the way and the view at the summit is awesome and well worth the pain. We did it with our 2 kids (8 and 12) on August 6 and they almost made it to the top, stopping 0.4 miles away from the summit. Mosquitoes are definitely waiting for you in the trees, a good incentive to keep the pace, and the overall distance is probably closer to 5 miles round trip. Bring a hat and a jacket: no more shade after the tree area and the top is windy.

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rocky
18 days ago

Great hike, it’s a bit longer than posted maybe an extra mile and some change. Beautiful views. Saw chipmunks, humming birds, wood peckers, and a deer on the way down. There were only three groups of 1-5 hikers so it was nice to get out of the crowds for a bit. Highly recommend it! My 5 yo was with us and she moaned a bit but once we got back down she said it was a wonderful hike :)

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rocky
18 days ago

Real steep, definitely not for the faint of heart. Definitely worth the hike though!

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bugs
19 days ago

Fantastic views once I passed through the forests about 1.5 miles. The trail was steep and strenuous, so the poles were helpful to descend.

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19 days ago

Really fun trail! Beautiful views from the top of the mountain. One of Yellowstone's finest imo.

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20 days ago

Absolutely stunning hike - we set out at 6:30 AM to and were treated to an amazing sunrise with clouds below and the mountain peaks above. We met both bison, marmots, eagles and a large number of pronghorns. Early start is recommended as to avoid crowds - we only met people after 6 hours... The first mile or so from the picnic area is crowded during the day - but is easy hike with stunning views... so if you're not up for long hikes - do first mile anyway.

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over grown
20 days ago

Started the trail near the Tower Junction and went counterclockwise. The first section through the meadow was hot, humid, and buggy. Saw some pronghorn. Once the trail enters the shade it gets more interesting, following the river and climbing up the Garnet Hill a little. The return part was overgrown and we ended up taking the path for the stagecoaches to return to the main road and our car.

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muddy
27 days ago

Beautiful riverside flat trail for first 2+ miles. Nice valley views. We saw a moose and two marmots and feasted on wild strawberries. We stayed on the trail rather than heading towards sportsman’s lake at the junction we only hike 2.5 miles out and back due to stormy weather. Easy on that stretch. A great hike with kids.

Beware - not a hiking trail, actually the main road in and out of Yellowstone. 2-3 feet of shoulder and cars whizzing by at 45-55 mph.

Solo hiked this trail counterclockwise. Only saw 1 family on the trail. First half had great vistas and beautiful wildflowers. Second half was mosquito city - was covered in blood by the time I got to the end. Trail gets lost towards the Cookout, but just follow the hillside and you'll end up back at the road. Also ran into a black bear by the creek, so remember your bear spray!

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bugs
washed out
1 month ago

Beautiful views. Trail very slippery on way down. Would do it again but allow much ore time and bring and Butt-cushion next to me. Lots of mosquitoes bring bug spray.

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bugs
scramble
1 month ago

This is an awesome hike. I recommend it as a better (though more strenuous) alternative to the insanely crowded Mt Washburn hike (Hiked that in 2011). This is one of the most vertical day hikes in the park and it feels like an actual climb for most of the 2-2.5 miles to the summit. The first half of the hike is in the tree line and the mosquitoes can be rough if you hit a patch without a breeze. When you get above the tree line be careful with your footing, as it is almost all loose rock to the summit. The views of the lake and tetons are phenomenal when you get to the top, and with no lookout tower or rangers at the top you feel like you have actually conquered a mountain. You'll want to take the hike back down slow. It took us just as long to get down the mountain as it did to get up since the trail is so steep.

Hiked (climbed really) this trail Aug '18 and loved it. It is a leg buster up and down and shows no mercy for out of shape flatlanders like myself. The mosquitoes are ample motivation to get to the tree line. Much scree near the top. Worth it for the summit views alone. Bring a jacket.

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muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful scenery. We camped at site 1. Hiked up to Crescent Lake the next day. Thunderstorms made the trail muddy and soupy. The hike up to Crescent lake is fairly easy and it is a beautiful spot. Lots of wildflowers.

I did the Thorofare Trail from 9 Mile Trailhead past the Thorofare RS to Bridger Lake (there were no campsites available on the Yellowstone side), two days in and two days out. Days were very long (17 miles, 18, 28, 7), but very little elevation gain, so just had to keep pushing. Streams were all pretty low except for Thorofare Creek (crossing into Bridger National Forest), which was a challenging, waist-level crossing that I needed to take my time on, the current was pretty powerful. Didn't see any bears or moose, but several elk, lots of deer, a few aggressive grouses. Only saw 3 other parties (one group traveling with stock) in 4 days. Awesome wilderness, TERRIBLE mosquitoes. There is something special about getting past Yellowstone Lake (after walking so many miles), and still having so many miles further into the wilderness to go. Would go again with a group and connect with the South Boundary Trail, probably wouldn't go solo again.

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rocky
1 month ago

My extended family and I hiked this trail in mid-July 2019. The technical information about this trail is incorrect resulting in bad assumptions. The actual round trip from parking lot to summit is 8 miles and not 4 miles, so bring enough water and allow yourself 6 hours to complete this hike keeping in mind your own personal skill. We had awesome weather conditions with incredible views of seeing all the way to the Tetons and equally to the north. But, this is a strenuous hike with bottom region in dense forest and narrow trails with a roots and rocks in often steep grades in moist conditions. Warning the bottom region had many mosquitoes . We lost the mosquitoes in the middle region and the forest opened up with two meadows openings. The trail after this is narrow and steep. In the high region, you leave the trees and enter the world of rocks and snow/ice patch crossings. Hiking boots and poles are an asset in any region of this hiking trail. The high region is solemn and windy with just you and your personal goal. If you would stop at either meadow crossings would be sufficient for a hard hike but committing to the summit takes another degree of difficultly as twice as hard as the hike up to that second meadow. After reaching your goal keep in mind the descent is every bit as difficult as the ascent.

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