Sky Rim Loop Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Sky Rim Loop Trail is a 18 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Big Sky, Montana that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 18.0 miles Elevation Gain: 4,652 feet Route Type: Loop

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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5 months ago

This was the prettiest hike I’ve ever done! The first 8 miles are through a woody area but ends at the actual start of the trail near a pretty lake. It took us 11h45 minutes. Didn’t see any bears or mountain lions. Never felt unsafe and I’m terrified of heights. Only one super steep hill (like a double black diamond steep if you ski) to get down. HIGHLY suggest to start at Dailey Pass, it’s more rewarding and you don’t have to hike up the steep hill.

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rocky
8 months ago

Very challenging trail! I would say its way harder than moderate. My boyfriend and I managed to survive. We had no idea that we would be climbing about 10 mountains in one day. You have to be in REALLY good shape for this hike. It was absolutely beautiful though. Their is one area on top of a mountain that looks like something out of Skyrim the game. Incredible views up there. But also pretty darn scary. It’s a straight very high drop on both sides of a craggily rocky trail along that mountain top. We did see a 300lb black bear, which took off running as soon as he saw us. As beauitul and fulfilling as this hike was it was again VERY challenging. Totally worth it as long as you come prepared.

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bugs
9 months ago

We hiked the Sky Rim trail loop and then tagged on the trail up to Shelf lake (really beautiful), where we backcountry camped. Definitely recommend this option for someone wanting to do a two day hike w/ camp. The views toward Shelf lake (the trail you take where the rim loop returns back down the hill towards the car park) were the best we had.

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Tue Jul 31 2018

This trail was a blast and make no mistake, very challenging. We started from the Daly Creek Trailhead, and headed up the trail around 730 am. We went clockwise on the loop,and were glad we did, because at about mile 13 or so, there is a mountain to climb that is essentially straight up and very challenging, but coming down would have been much worse. The last 5 miles (after the previously discussed incline) was challenging and felt long, but it was worth it. We did see a Grizzly about about mile 15 (1 mile from completing the loop) and that was cool. He/She took off up the mountain at light speed and it was cool to see. The views on this hike were amazing, and worth every step. My wife and I were proud to complete it together and it took us about 9 hrs, 30 minutes with about 3-40 minutes of breaks for meals, snacks, etc.

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Tue Jul 17 2018

Awesome day hike for an active adventurer. Super cool views on both sides of the ridge. Lots of pretty butterflies but of course there are mozzies and horseflies as well. Bring bug spray if you want to hang out and relax! Going to Bighorn Peak is worth the extra 3/4 mile roundtrip to see some bighorn sheep. If you start early watch for grizzly bears. Saw one a few miles in, as other reviewers have stated (7/14/18).

Fri Jul 13 2018

Great trail. What others have said is true. You need a full day for this hike. If you come in Daly Creek trail in the morning bring extra socks our feet were soaked because of the dew on the grass. Prepare for ups and downs on the rim. Some cool features on this hike are petrified wood (and large tree stumps) and also wildlife. We encountered a grizzly on trail but he ran the other way. Trail also had a good amount of snow at the top at the end of June.

Tue Jul 10 2018

Saw a grizzly bear near campsite WF2 7/9/18

Sun Jan 28 2018

Really long and tough. We were in good shape with two collegiate track athletes and it took us 10 hours. The rim is actually a bunch of up and downs with the final push going up 700’ at 30• and there is still 8 or 9 miles to go after that. Bring lots of water. There is none at the top. Views are beautiful. No wildlife.

Tue May 16 2017

From big horn peak to shelf lake there are some pretty crazy drops. The views are absolutely insane.

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9 months ago

recorded Sky Rim Loop Trail

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recorded Sky Rim Loop Trail

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