Dunraven Pass to Mount Washburn

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Dunraven Pass to Mount Washburn is a 6.8 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 is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 6.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,394 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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A wonderful climb in Yellowstone with views of neighboring mountains and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

The beginning of this hike was really easy and great-- very casual winding road up to the top. The snow melting caused a lot of mud, and made for an unpleasant return down the mountain. We thought the rating was weirdly overestimated... until we got to the summit where the trail turned to snow. Closer to the top by the watch tower is insanely windy-- almost enough to blow us around. The wind was icy and driving snow for a good 10 minutes of walking up until you got to the tower. Even though that kicked our butt, the trail was incredibly worth it for the views. We didn't run into any wildlife, but make sure you bring bear spray just in case! All in all it was a pretty casual hike, and way worth the trek.

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snow
1 month ago

Went around 3pm Sunday. Knee-high snow drifts in places. Allot more time than you think you need.

hiking
1 month ago

Went about 8am Sunday morning mid September. Nice elevation on wide somewhat rocky path. Dressed in layers to shed on the way up and wear once we got to the top. Enclosed area at summit with restrooms. Very windy! Great views along the way and at summit. We were detained on the way up by a small herd of mountain sheep that eventually moved along. More people coming up as we were descending and parking lot was full. Great hike and we had enough energy to drive to the north rim trail for more.

My AllTrails app and wife’s Garmin say this hike is 7.2 miles RT parking lot to tower and return. Lots of people on the trail today. No wildlife but beautiful views

Great hike run

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely not a "difficult" one i would better say intermediate. The trail is large and very clean, no roots, no stairs, no big rocks, it is super easy to walk. Also it is not steep but the slope is constant after the beginning. There were 2 inches of snow when we did it. We started at 11am and it took us 90 minutes to get to the top. We had some kind of a view during the first half because it was fogy. We had no view for the rest but it cleared out when we were at the top: best luck ever. The view from up there is 360. It is definitely a MUST SEE in Yellowstone. The room with big windows at the top is very nice to warm up a bit before going down. On the way back we enjoyed the view at every step, it was literally awesome. I recommend it with the upper geyser basin (in a very different way because there is not tourists here, only hikers).

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muddy
snow
1 month ago

A great medium walk, with great Texan family company

hiking
2 months ago

A pretty easy trail with wonderful views. We enjoyed eating lunch in the visitor center, out of the wind. A black bear crossed the trail in front of us as we were coming back down the trail, so be aware. Arrive early, because the parking lot fills up quickly. We had to park at another parking area and walk up to the trail.

Nice wide trail, starting to get soft in a few places due to the weather but not yet muddy. Easy enough grade, would have epic views with clear weather but not today!

hiking
2 months ago

Trail is reopened! Good medium intensity climb with fantastic views, worth hiking to the top. Saw black horned sheep and beautiful wildflowers.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Not very hard but careful of grizzlies.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

This path is closed however their is another pass that takes you to the top called Chittenden Road. It follows a maintenance road up the mountain that the rangers use. I’m in really good shape and found nothing difficult about this trail. I went up it in just over an hour and then trail ran down in 20 minutes. The views are awesome. Start early.

hiking
3 months ago

Tried to hike this today and the path was closed.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike! Trail seems to be an old service road, wide switchbacks up to the fire tower. Views keep getting better and better on the way up! Plenty of different wild flowers, all around a great hike!

Nice vistas and views but otherwise not exciting, though I did it as a trail run and wasn’t savouring views. Steady upward climb.

It was very gradual incline, not too challenging - took us just over 2 hours. Pretty views of the landscape but not as unique / spectacular as some of the other sites in yellowstone. But a solid hike with a clear, wide trail. Would do it again!

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is a gradual uphill vis multiple switchbacks before finally reaching the fire tower at the top of Mt. Washburn. It was heavily trafficked but for a good reason - the 360 degree views from the top are spectacular. As a perk, the fire tower has an exhibit/museum that helps label the surrounding mountains (you can see everywhere from the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone over to Lamar Valley from the top), and there’s a nice telescope for anyone to use. We saw a few deer on the trek and numerous marmots. This hike really makes your bums sore the next day, due to the uphill nature of the entire first half but it’s worth it for the vast views of the park.

Nice wide trail. Saw plenty of sheep along the trail. For the avid hiker, this is more of a moderate hike. Start early to get parking.

3 months ago

Hiked this yesterday. It is not a hard hike-we would consider it moderate/easy. Maybe it’s rated hard due to the elevation at the top? Husband and I are 60 & 55 yrs old in decent shape. Wide trail, moderate incline, gorgeous views all the way there and back, no scrambling and nothing technical. Definitely get to the trail head early as parking is limited and most of the trail is in the sun with little shade. Hiked with our adult kids and some friends. Just a beautiful 360 view of Yellowstone Park. Cold, and windy at top. Highly recommend this hike. Tip: if your traveling partners want to get to the top but don’t or can’t manage the hike- there is actually a backside where they can drive most of the way and then it’s a short hike for them to the summit. But the hike was fantastic.

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no shade
3 months ago

Wide trail and steady incline most of the way. Would rate as moderately difficult rather than hard. Hiked solo and no problems or worries about bears as pass people every 10 minutes or so. excellent views

hiking
3 months ago

Hiked last week - snow at the top is only on the sides. Always go with layers- windy at the top. Awesome views. Restrooms at the top & cell service. Had to wait for a bear to clear the entrance to the parking lot - so always carry bear spray - they can be anywhere.

hiking
3 months ago

great hike, one of the best we did in the park. some spectacular views of the grand canyon. not too crowded even though it’s obviously a popular hike - everyone spreads out along the trail. recommend getting to the parking lot early and hitting the trail by 9am as there’s no shade and it can be quite hot in parts.

hiking
4 months ago

Best hike of our 3 days in the park! Amazing views. Windy and cold at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Best hike of our 3 days in the park! Amazing views. Windy and cold at the top.

hiking
4 months ago

Best hike of our 3 days in the park! Amazing views. Windy and cold at the top.

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