Dunanda Falls and Silver Scarf Falls Trail

HARD 6 reviews
#58 of 200 trails in

Dunanda Falls and Silver Scarf Falls Trail is a 17.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from August until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
17.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
767 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A nice hike continuing along Boundary Creek to the beautiful Dunanda Falls. This trail will take you to a view point above the falls but there is also a trail to the bottom of the falls where natural hot springs enter Boundary creek and make for a very nice warm bath. This hike is deeper into the Yellowstone back country so care should be given in the advent a bear meeting arises. Deer and elk are plentiful here. You will see Silver Scarf falls from the trail but you have to do a little bushwhacking to get a good view. Also remember this is back country. There are no handrails or slip proof sidewalks at the top of the falls. Be sure of your footing at all times.

backpacking
1 month ago

Fairly long hike if going straight to the falls in one go, but shouldn't be too bad as long as you're not carrying too much weight. The meadows section was very muddy, and is a guarantee to get your feet and legs wet if you don't have a good pair of boots. Waterfall at the end is pretty incredible.

backpacking
1 month ago

Challenging hike, it lives up the rating of hard but had some spectacular falls at the end. Road to the ranger station is bumpy so cars with low clearance be aware. Waited 45 minutes for a ranger to show up, ended up being in his rv next door. Spent an hour in the station doing paperwork and watching a safety video. Finally got on the trail with about 2 hours of sunlight left (don't recommend doing if you dont want to hike through the night). First section of the trail is about 4 miles and goes though woods with a mixture of uphill and downhill, a majority being downhill). Then reached a small bridge that went over a nice looking stream. This then led to the meadow section of the trail, about 3-4 miles of this muddy meadow walking. If the meadows weren't covered in mud this wouldn't of been a bad section of the hike but it was pretty terrible walking through foot sinking mid for 3-4 miles. The last section of the trail goes through woods again, mostly flat with a few uphill sections, also about 3-4 miles. If you are trying to get to the bottom of Dunanda falls you must go through campsite 9A3, if you don't you will wind up at the top of the waterfalls on some narrow trails that can be easy to miss. All in all this would've been a great hike had we not had heavy backpacks and been able to pace ourselves instead of racing daylight.

hiking
Wednesday, September 02, 2015

One of my favorite hikes ever because of the beautiful and serene ending.

hiking
Saturday, July 04, 2015

hiking
Monday, June 22, 2015

hiking
Thursday, October 02, 2014

We hiked up to and past Dunanda Falls and Silver Scarf Falls, both of which are as equally beautiful as they are different. Silver Scarf is a long stair-stepping waterfall with tufts of gras and rock benches throughout. Dunanda is simply a stunning ~140 foot water fall with a sheer drop. We hiked past Siver Scarf for a ways just to check it out before rejoining the Boundary Creek Trail above Dunanda Falls. We hiked a mile or two beyond Dunanda stopping at Picnic Point overlooking Hodgey Falls. The final topping to our perfect day in Yellowstone was soaking in the hot springs at the base of Dunanda falls for 3 hours. This really is the best hot spring experience I have ever had. Incredible!