Electric Peak is a 20.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 20.3 miles Elevation Gain: 5,282 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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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. Electric Peak is the most prominent peak in the northwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. While very strong hikers can climb Electric Peak as a long day hike, the majority of hikers will want to make the climb as part of a 2 or 3 day backpacking trip, with a camp in the vicinity of the peak. This trail has everything from fields of wildflowers to views of the surrounding peaks and lots of wildlife. The 20.6-mile trek takes you up the valley and through the forest (along with some creek crossings) up to the base of Electric Peak and eventually to the summit. At the summit of Electric Peak you'll be able to enjoy unobstructed views across Yellowstone National Park on a clear day. The route begins on the south side of Kingman Pass at Glen Creek Trailhead and starts through the sagebrush grasslands. Keep your eyes open for wildlife in the plains, mostly mule deer, but some bears and bison have been seen here. Pass a few trail junctions and follow the signs toward the valley pointed directly for Electric Peak. Past the fields, the trail continues up a river valley for a couple miles and then enters a thick forest. At mile 6, continue straight at a 3-way junction (both across the river/creek at this point) to spend the night at campsite 1G3 or 1G4. The campsites are immediately adjacent to the creek. On the next day, backtrack to the 3-way junction and turn left to take the trail that leads up to Electric Peak summit. Near the summit, you'll need to traverse some loose scree. After 10.3 miles, the route ends at Electric Peak. Once at the summit you'll enjoy some of the best views of Yellowstone Park and can see the Grand Tetons in the distance. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 day ago

Very nice hike through the nortwest region of Yellowstone. We stopped by Cache lake on the way and camped the night just past the river. Water was cold and knee deep in late July so plan accordingly, then hiked the peak early morning and back the next day.

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rocky
scramble
3 days ago

What an awesome trail! Completed this with a group of friends back in August 2019. Definitely took a good chuck of the day given our breaks and the weather near the summit, but it was completely worth it. Started our hike around 5 am near Mammoth Hot Springs and was met with some overgrowth hanging on the trail. The dew got our legs pretty wet in the beginning so it would be great to wear gaiters or have an extra pair of socks on deck. The scrambling section near the top had some loose rocks and seemed a little sketch at some points, but was a fun challenge. A great trail to do while you’re in the park for a few days!

hiking
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Did it in mid August 2018, started from Mammoth Hot Springs through Glen Creek. The terrain while climbling on the peak was a bit washed out and dangerous, especially on the descent. Quite difficult hike, but totally worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great views even though we didnt make it to the summit due to an incoming thunderstorm. Very demanding however.

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rocky
scramble
10 months ago

The most challenging day hike I have ever done due to the length. Loved every second of it. There is some technical climbing at the very top with a good amount of exposure. many loose rocks are unstable. worth the views. have fun.

hiking
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

Really awesome hike, but definitely difficult to do it in one day. We did and it’s possible, but if you can camp at the campgrounds along the way, I would suggest making it a two day hike. Beautiful views!

hiking
scramble
Mon Mar 25 2019

Fri Sep 07 2018

Tough hike with interesting scrambling near the top

Mon Aug 22 2016

Beautiful. The rocks fall away when climbing the peak, so with every step, you're letting go and just keeping your eyes to the sky. Be careful of thunderstorms when climbing in summer afternoons. The first time I hiked this in 2013, someone had just died two days before during a lightning storm. Some younger park rangers had been planning their trip for months but were coming back as we were getting close to climbing the actual peak, and they'd decided not to make the ascent. My boyfriend and I summited around mid-afternoon and were fine, but please be careful.

camping
Mon Jun 20 2016

Beautiful

Wed Jan 15 2014

I did this in the winter from Gardiner MT, in a day. so I do not know if there is a good trail off of the old road at the ridge but it should be pretty strait forward.

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