Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn

MODERATE 66 reviews
#33 of 208 trails in

Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Canyon Village, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

5.6 miles
1,482 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running



wild flowers


no dogs

Incredible views at the summit, with various wildlife along the way. Hike is a moderately strenuous, steady & continuous climb along a gravel service road to the summit. Wildlife is not abundant, but bighorn sheep are often seen in the area, and occasionally coyotes. With a 1,500 foot rise in elevation, conditions are generally windy and much cooler at the top, so you may want to bring a windbreaker or jacket. Plus, at this elevation, storms develop quickly, so don't forget rain gear! The fire lookout at the summit (10,243 ft) has an enclosed area with a viewing telescope, bench seating, pay phone, and interpretive information. This is a challenging hike, but the views at summit are absolutely spectacular...worth far more than the time and energy needed to complete the adventure!

2 months ago

One of the few real and best hikes in Yellowstone that give you amazing views at the top!

2 months ago

Great hike! There's a steady incline all the way up. The trail itself is an old gravel road, so it's very easy to follow. Awesome views from the fire lookout at the summit! There's a "visitor center" there with pit toilets and labelled sketched maps so you can distinguish different landmarks you can see from the lookout. We saw goats, marmots, and chipmunks. The wind was pretty intense at the top! Took us about 2.5hrs roundtrip at a relaxed pace and about 15min spent at the summit.

2 months ago

Pretty tough incline all the way up. But a spectacular view from the top. Bring some bug spray as we were swarmed all the way up and down the trail.

2 months ago

Loved the hike and the views from the summit are amazing.

2 months ago

Absolutely loved this hike!! The views on the way up to the summit are surreal and the view at the top are so worth the hike! Loved this hike!

2 months ago

Wonderful hike! The trail is a dirty track all the way up. Beautiful sites along the way, out of the trees the whole time, wildflowers line the path, and just overall a really great hike. This is a pretty popular one so be prepared to see some groups. Up pretty high so be aware of altitude and take it a little slower than you’re used to!

3 months ago

Hiked a few years ago. My all-time favorite hike! Hard elevation gain, but rewarding view at the top. The fire tower at the top is a great place to stop and eat a snack. Lots of pikas, marmots, and ground squirrels along the trail. Saw some bighorn sheep as well.

9 months ago

Excellent hike. Challenge slow but steady climb. Pace yourself and you will be fine. Amazing views and the top has a great overlook. Was there in August. Slightly warm but was cold on top.

10 months ago

Hiked this trail in April 2014. Overall a great hike with very few people on the trail. It is a fairly exposed trail with no shading (or protection from rain or lightening). Visibility on the top would have been limitless on a clear day, but unfortunately there was some wildfire in a distant region which caused quite a haze on the day we visited. It is one of the non-touristy places in Yellowstone NP and one of my favorites.

11 months ago

it is all uphill but the view at the top is beautiful. we did see bighorn sheep.

off road driving
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fun drive up to the viewing point in the jeep

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Views were amazing but the path is a gravel access road with minimal shade and loose gravel. My 3.5 year old did the whole hike (it helped that you went 100% up to the top and then 100% down on the way back). Saw a bighorn sheep, 3 marmots and red forums squirrels.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Hike to the top is all uphill, obviously, but this one is consistant. Slope is graded for forest servive vehicles, don't let that fool you. The reward at the top is why I've rated this hike a five. We were fortunate, this day, to have visibility at over 50 miles.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Beautiful views along the way. Snowpack in the early season. Wildflowers in some areas. Nice, easy mountain to summit if you're at all in shape. Recommended!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Only giving it a 3 based on the fact we didn't make it to the top due to a Thunderstorm which turned us around back to the car, Nice views (to the SW, NW & west) but it is just like walking up a gravel road. not sure I would do it again or not, although I would still like to see the view at the top

Friday, August 05, 2016

I did this hike on the 24th of July. Started at 9:20 and reached the top at 10:30. Beautiful hike up even though it is steep. Little bit hazy from the top, but if u are considering doing this hike, DO IT! It's worth it

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Hiked on a tour with a geologist with three teenagers who did a great job. RT took 3.75 hrs.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

We hike this trail today. It took us about two hours to get up to the top, and about one hour to get down. We took this trail because the Yellowstone hiking guide said that it was a little shorter than hiking from Dunraven pass. After hiking this trail I don't think we would have done it the same. We definitely would have hiked from Dunraven pass. I think both trails are right about 3 miles. This trail isn't really a trail. It is a service road for Rangers to have access to the ranger station on top.

Notwithstanding all of that, it was 95° in Idaho Falls today and it was in the 70s at the top of the peak. It was a great day to be in Yellowstone.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

great views- gets cold and windy!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Awesome views of the park, can see into at least 3 states. Trail is completely in alpine tundra, stay on trail because it damages the micro-systems. In summer there are many types of floura. The trail is rather steep in areas and loose gravel most of the way up so be careful as it is easy to loose your footing and slip as I did and almost broke my leg at my knee on the way down. Well worth the hike

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Awesome trail with fantastic views and Bighorn sheep.

2 months ago

2 months ago

3 months ago

Load More