Specimen Creek Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Specimen Creek Trail is a 15.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near West Yellowstone, Montana that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

DISTANCE
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2431 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

backpacking
4 months ago

We backpacked this trail in August and stayed 2 nights at Shelf Lake. The first 6 miles are fairly easy with gradual elevation gain through mostly pine forest with occasional meadows to break up the scenery. Beautiful meadow at around 4 miles where you cross the creek, great place for lunch and a break. The last 2 miles are strenuous as you climb almost straight up to Shelf Lake. The trail becomes more difficult with rocks and tree roots. Shelf Lake is a wonderful, secluded camping spot. Take the short hike up to the Sky Rim Trail above the lake for spectacular 360 views.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Beautiful!

walking
Friday, August 31, 2012