Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn [CLOSED] is a 5.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, 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.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 1,482 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

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. Please note most park roads are closed during the winter, which means you will have to park at a closed gate, adding distance to this route. 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!

hiking
6 months ago

Gorgeous hike! Wildflowers are amazing in the summer!

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers, scenic views of Yellowstone Canyon and the Caldera ❤

hiking
9 months ago

We took this trail because Dunraven pass was closed. The views from the top are nice and the ranger station is interesting but the trail itself is a service road. Other hikes in Yellowstone are better.

Great views all the way up but the trail is not very interesting...it’s basically a fire road. Take Dunraven Pass if it’s open.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous views the WHOLE way, with the only downside being quite a bit of wind. Wildflowers still present, and sighted some bighorn sheep and marmots. Bring a jacket - it's chilly at the top but SO worth it.

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no shade
9 months ago

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9 months ago

service road used to hike up makes it fairly easy other than grade climb. beautiful view, goats.

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no shade
10 months ago

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no shade
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Pretty tough, but totally worth it!

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10 months ago

great hike with the kids it's a 2.8 mile walk to the top on a gravel rd. awesome views at top

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10 months ago

Great Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Incredible views! Did this hike with my wife and six kids. Definitely difficult up hill climb but so worth it.

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bugs
no shade
rocky
10 months ago

My favorite hike in Yellowstone! Definitely a moderate hike with some portions being challenging and others not so much. The first 2.8 miles of the hike is completely uphill with switchbacks and then back down again. The views are so worth it tho. It took my friend and I about 3 hours to do it (maybe more?) but we weren’t in a hurry and the observation deck at the top is awesome! We also saw a big herd of big horned sheep which was amazing. There are NO WATER options on this hike so if you don’t hike much or are not as conditioned as you’d like be sure you bring enough water! 3 miles going uphill will make you thirsty.

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no shade
10 months ago

Our family’s favorite Yellowstone hike...if you could only do one trail at Yellowstone, this is the one. We like the Chittendon approach vs Dunraven because the road is wide for us to walk next to each other. So many animals, a fox came and walked a few feet away from us for about a minute, wonderful fat marmots all over, ground squirrels, big horn sheep and their lambs near the top. It’s a hard hike, no question, and when it’s hot there is no shade, but we had a very cool/coldish hike up yesterday with heavy wind the whole way. Not crowded at all. Worth every step and part of our family’s treasured Yellowstone memories.

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no shade
10 months ago

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10 months ago

Beautiful hike and you can't beat the scenery! The wildflowers and butterflies were everywhere! The road/trail is very exposed so bring lots of sunscreen and water. While it's steep it's worth every step to the tower as you get 360 degree views of Yellowstone and beyond!

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bugs
no shade
10 months ago

Not as easy as some suggest, nor as hard. Bug spray recommended. No water fountain as some guides allude.

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rocky
10 months ago

I would recommend this trail early in the day. 90 % of the trail is exposed to sun, so be prepared with sunblock, water & food. The view is worth the effort!

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no shade
snow
10 months ago

My favorite hike that I've done in CO or WY and my favorite part of Yellowstone National Park! The hike was pretty difficult as it was a pretty steep climb at elevation the entire time. There weren't really any switchbacks to make it easier, nor was there shade. I did like that I could see the observation tower pretty early on, which to some would be daunting, but to me was comforting that the end was literally in sight. People of all ages were able to do it though, just at different paces. It took me 3 hours with plenty of stops for pictures. I loved that there were all different types of wildflowers everywhere and views of snow capped mountains. The beauty was motivation to keep going and it made it as much about the journey as the destination. If you can't physically do the hike the view from the parking lot is pretty nice. The top offered a 360 degree view, including the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Lamar Valley plus a photo op with the Mt Washburn elevation sign, log book, and info about the fire tower. Definitely bring a sweatshirt/jacket as the wind chill at the top makes it feel much colder (but not hat and gloves cold). It was about 80 degrees otherwise but somehow there was still snow on the mountain. If you can only 1 hike, do this one!

I would recommend this trail to anyone who would want to have a complete overlook of the Yellowstone national Park. This is marked as a strenuous hike, but it is not so strenuous.

hiking
10 months ago

A beautiful hike through wildflowers with spectacular mountain views. Saw big Horn sheep. Trail in good condition. Entirely on an exposed old road to summit which made the hike slightly less interesting.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is really 2.94 miles each way so 5.88 miles total, according to my Fitbit. It is heavily traveled but not overcrowd. The trip up was strenuous even though it was gravel most of the way up. The work is worth it for the views at the top...AMAZING!!!!! We say bison and big horned sheep pn.the way up. The entire trip took 3 hours and 47 minutes with a.half an hour to eat lunch, take pictures, use the bathroom, and check out fire tower

hiking
11 months ago

View from the top is amazing!!!! Watch out for the goats.

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11 months ago

I would recommend this hike. Doing this hike with the Specimen Ridge Trail will be two great complementary hikes.

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11 months ago

Amazing hike with ridiculous views! Bring hiking poles and look out for foxes and marmot

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