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Dunanda Falls and Silver Scarf Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Dunanda Falls and Silver Scarf Falls Trail is a 17 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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: 17.0 miles Elevation Gain: 826 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

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. 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.

bugs
1 day ago

Did this hike in late July. Long but the falls and hot springs are worth it. Bugs were bad that time of year, so anticipate that.

hiking
10 months ago

The trail is pretty normal going through woods and fields. Then a few creek crossings. The creeks are all warm bc hot springs are feeding them. The waterfall is magnificent and when you get to the bottom of it you can soak in one if the many thermal features.

hiking
Mon Aug 20 2018

Went on this trail in early August as a day trip. Fairly easy terrain with a few water crossing. The waterfall is well worth the distance.

hiking
Wed Jul 18 2018

This hike is lonnnnng but well worth it. Our group decided to do it all in one day and besides the last couple of miles it wasn't too bad. The hike is mostly flat except maybe the last mile or so. I had never hiked more than 8 miles before and I survived :). Bring some exceptional bug spray though, we were eaten alive. The scenery is beautiful and the view of the falls is stunning.

backpacking
Wed Oct 18 2017

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
Sat Oct 14 2017

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
Wed Sep 02 2015

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

hiking
Thu Oct 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!

hiking
Thu Aug 01 2013

Out of this world destination. Don't miss 12' Confederate Falls slightly off trail where Silver Scarf Falls Creek and Boundary Creek meet; the water is warm and the falls are beautiful

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