Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Bummer, this trail is closed. We'll update this page if and when it reopens.

Length5.6 miElevation gain1,482 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyHikingForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyClosedFeeNo dogs
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WILDLIFE CLOSURE: This area is subject to closures due to wildlife activity (bears). For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/bearclosures.htm SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: Roads leading to this trailhead are subject to seasonal closure during winter. For more information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm Yellowstone National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. INDEFINITE CLOSURE: as of Feb 2021 the road to this trail is closed indefinitely. For more information, please visit https://www.yellowstonepark.com/news/grand-loop-road-construction 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!

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm Backcountry Office, Yellowstone NP, (307) 344-7381

Trailhead 2K6 is located at the Chittenden Road Parking area, about halfway between Tower Junction and Canyon Village.

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Brandon Holzer
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HikingGreat!

There are 3 routes up Mt. Washburn. This is the easiest. It is a service road so the Incline isn't that steep. Beautiful views from the top. Unfortunately the road is closed until 2022 so there is no way to summit until then. I summited in 2016. The views are great.

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Clarence Bear
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a wonderful hike we took a couple years ago mixed with 70 degree weather at base and large amounts of snow the top quarter of the trail

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Kylee Wongrowski
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike! Wildflowers are amazing in the summer!

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Sandra Hodges
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Hiking

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

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Katie Fleming
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Hiking

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.

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Darcy Cleary
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Hiking

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.

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Minda Shaheen
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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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Chris Hristov
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Tim W
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service road used to hike up makes it fairly easy other than grade climb. beautiful view, goats.

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Adam Anderson
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Skip Kay
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Kenna Ebert
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Pretty tough, but totally worth it!

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Lars Quvang
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Hiking

Great Trail

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

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Grace M
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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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Laura Bradley Myers
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HikingNo shade

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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Lindsey Welker
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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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Walter Casey
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HikingBugsNo shade

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

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Tallelah Johnson
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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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Orange County Hiker
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It should come as no surprise to you that a mountain hike in Yellowstone National Park has great views and is well worth your time (and effort!). What may surprise you is that the part of this hike that stands out most prominently to me is the wildflowers I saw early on in this hike. Mountains, wildflowers, it's a memorable hike. Of course, of the hiking suggestions posted, I violated . . . well, most of them. Hiking in a group - nope. Bear spray? Nada. I did learn from talking to an older couple on the trail that bears attack more when they get surprised (like if you're coming around a corner quietly). Just a little tip if you get a bit nervous as I do in bear territory. As far as Mount Washburn itself, it's not as impressive anything you'd find in the Grand Tetons nearby. But I mean . . . the Grand Tetons are pretty incredible. Plus, without doing my homework, I'd venture to guess that summitting any of the peaks in Grand Tetons is more daunting! So get out there! Green slopes patched and streaked with white snow, purple and yellow wildflowers - this mountain is pretty grand too!

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Praneeth Naramsetti
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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.

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Chris Sereni
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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.

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Nancy Kahl
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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

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

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

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

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Robert Riley
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Hiked on June 23, and road was still closed leading up to trailhead parking area. There is some space at the gate for a handful of vehicles to park. Trail (which is really just a limited access forest service road) was completely clear of snow; was muddy near the top from the large snow banks on the side. Great observation deck at the peak, with excellent 360 degree views, provided the clouds haven’t rolled in yet. Friendly ranger lives at the top during fire season (told me this is his 14th fire season posted up there!).

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