Blacktail Deer Creek Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Blacktail Deer Creek Trail is a 11.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

Distance: 11.9 km Elevation Gain: 380 m Route Type: Out & Back

fishing

hiking

lake

river

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.

hiking
6 months ago

The hike in is nice and downhill. You are hiking through the valley so there are definitely gorgeous views the whole way and we saw some wildlife too. It was a pretty exhausting trip back up. The end is this cool bridge over Yellowstone River but I probably wouldn’t hike it again.

backpacking
no shade
8 months ago

Exited the Yellowstone River Trail via the Blacktail Creek Trail. Very, very, very steep in parts; it's almost like whomever forged the trail had no patience for switchbacks. Straight up we go?? YES. Around halfway it levels out and you're walking through valleys with the bison. For those hiking in from the road, there is a bridge at the end; for me, that bridge was at the beginning.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

We hiked about 4 miles down to the Yellowstone River to fly fish (caught whitefish and a couple cutthroats). The hike in is relatively flat with some gentle downhills until you get closer to the river, then it gets a bit steeper until the suspension bridge. The hike back out was tough due to it being mostly uphill with little to no shade (took about 2 hours to hike out). Lots of wildflowers and butterflies. Saw a pronghorn and a few garter snakes in and around the river. Be sure to look up on the suspension bridge, there’s an active osprey nest on the far end of the bridge!

hiking
Mon Jun 03 2019

Beautiful trail of the back valley along Blacktail Creed and Blacktail Pond. Very worth the views!

backpacking
Tue Jan 01 2019

We used this trail to connect to other backcountry trails. Great campsites and tons of wildlife. Bison, Elk, Bear. Easy.

bird watching
Sat Dec 23 2017

horseback riding
Tue Sep 26 2017

Nice trail for a 2 hours tour go and return with break at the riverside.

backpacking
Wed Sep 20 2017

Hiked in to a backcountry site passed the Yellowstone River suspension bridge. The hike in as most enjoyable with amazing views of landscape and the surrounding mountains. After crossing the suspension bridge we saw what I believe to be an osprey and a bison carcass. The hike out was a bit tonight due to the overnight rain and snow making the trail slick and wet. Overall an amazing hike with many views!!!

backpacking
Fri Aug 04 2017

Hike into great camping along the Yellowstone River.

walking
Mon May 15 2017

Easy. Saw a coyote stalking geese in the pond near the trailhead, then saw some antelope.

backpacking
Wed Mar 01 2017

Great views of meadows and mountains. Saw a black bear, and a Bison. Fairly easy going in, fairly strenuous coming out. Bring water and a camera.

Fri Oct 28 2016

Great trail but keep in mind you'll be going mostly uphill on the way back.

hiking
Sat Jun 08 2013

Nice hike down to the Yellowstone River and amazing bridge over it (like its Sister Bridge over Hellroaring). Crevice Lake was quite pretty as was Hidden Falls just off trail.

hiking
Sat Nov 05 2011

We chose this trial because of the backcountry campgrounds along the way. We were backpacking with kids and the campgrounds are close enough to the trailhead that it worked well for young kids (4+). It's a bit of a haul up the grassy hill in the first mile. After that, it heads down into the canyon of the Yellowstone River. There is solid fly fishing for Brook Trout in Blacktail Deer Creek. From NPS: "This trail follows Blacktail Deer Creek as it descends 1,100 feet through rolling, grassy hills and Douglas-fir where it reaches the Yellowstone River. The trail continues across the Yellowstone River on a steel suspension bridge and joins the Yellowstone River Trail."

recorded Blacktail Deer Creek Trail

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recorded Blacktail Deer Creek Trail

hiking
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recorded Blacktail Deer Creek Trail

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hiking
Thu May 09 2019

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