Chittenden Road to Mount Washburn

MODERATE 49 reviews
#28 of 200 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!

hiking
27 days 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.

hiking
1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

Fun drive up to the viewing point in the jeep

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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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