Explore the most popular trail running 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 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!

Short hike including a lake, a meadow, and the ocean

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

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.

Great hike.. awesome views .. suspension bridge.. remember the bear spray!!!

Short steep climb at the start then levels off to trout lake. Good amount of traffic in the afternoon. We saw a moose near the start of the trail.

Tons of buffalo, gets busy towards the afternoon. Nice views of the valley.

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 beautiful hike. Great view easy terrain. The bridge is out on the west side of the trail and you have to cross the river on foot

Fabulous hike. Wildlife was plentiful & beautiful creeks..

I've hiked this every time my family comes up to YNP! The wildlife, flowers and sights are the best part of it all. We usually start at the parking lot just off the main figure 8 loop road. You can continue up the road and start on Dunraven Pass at a higher elevation. (Last time hiked was in August 2014, planning on going back up August 2018.)

Hiked in July 2016. Incredible, inspiring views from multiple lookouts along the trail. A bit strenuous in hot weather due to elevation gain, but exhilarating and not to be missed.

13 days ago

Great hike. Nice work out and great views at the top!

hiking
17 days ago

One of the trails we do EVERY year we come! Late July/ Early August we usually see lots of Otters swimming around and lots of fish to look at in Trout Lake. You'll come across the occasional fisherman, but don't let that deter you from walking around the whole lake. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the shade or on a log. Enjoy the sound of the water going under the footbridge. Very easy. Uphill coming in and downhill going out, make sure you have shoes with great traction.

Excellent trail we only walked in 5 miles. The roaring creek and suspension bridge is amazing.

Awesome

Great sight and if right on time gets you to peak in a fair amount of time

Pretty but gets crowded

Did both north and south rim. Did this after hike on Mt washborn in the morning and was a fantastic day moderate rating may be fair but also
Points a bit to the easier side in spots. Fun and most anyone can enjoy this

It takes effort and determination. But is certainly worth it. Do not try if you haven’t trained. But if you are in moderate condition take your time and go for it. Amazing

Nice trail diverse in forest, meadow, shoreline. Heard bears were in area so bring your spray and use common sense. Be prepared to scramble over fallen trees possible. Lots of fun and quick hike

Beautiful. And is closer to easy than moderate. Plenty of change but plenty flat

Quick easy hike was crowded when I was there but cool place to see nice breaking up a big morning and afternoon hike with a quick visit here

Great views of the Yellowstone Canyon on this. While there is the trail that can be walked in its entirety, there are also parking spots at various places so you can make this work however you please in terms of whether you want to hike it or just stop at the designated viewpoints. I went as the sun was setting and it was incredibly beautiful.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Not for people unless you want to ford Soda Butte Creek in your boots (or snowshoes as my case was) to get to the pedestrian trail. Go down the road to the Soda Butte Creek footbridge if you want an actual hike. However, a lot of people were stopped in this area for wildlife watching. I only saw bison and moose, but supposedly wolf are often spotted there.

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!

I have done this Mystic Falls loop three different times of the summer. Mid-to-late June is the best b/c the snow melt is awesome; the water is roaring; and there are small waterfalls that are very nice that are gone by mid-July and thereafter. Every time I go back to YNP, this hike is a Must. A repeat.

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

We got to the trailhead around sunrise, which I recommend, as we were the first ones to summit but passed many people on the way down. With a good push this hike is very rewarding and worth the effort. We saw mule deer and Pika at the top.

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