Boundary Creek, Bechler Meadows and Bechler River

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Boundary Creek, Bechler Meadows and Bechler River is a 29.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 29.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,627 feet Route Type: Out & Back




horseback riding


hot springs




wild flowers

bridge out



no shade

No shade through the meadow and you will need to ford the river at least 4 times each direction. Footbridge on the the last crossing before 9D1 was out Aug 2019

6 months ago

This is one of the most popular backcountry hikes in Yellowstone, so be sure to get permits for campsites early. We did this as a 2-night, 3-day backpacking trip, but I wish we'd had a little more time to enjoy the waterfalls and thermals. We had permits for sites 9B5 and 9B7, so most of day 2 we didn't have to carry our gear. Not too many people on the trail, but plenty of huckleberries. Saw moose, pikas, and other wildlife. Mr. Bubbles is a crystal clear pool of blue water where cold snow melt from the river mixes with hot thermal water from the waterfall to form a natural hot tub complete with a fumarole in the middle for jet-action and bubbles perfect for legal, soaking.

Sat Jul 08 2017