Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn

MODERATE 39 reviews
#28 of 194 trails in

Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn is a 5.7 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
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

11 months ago

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