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.

Length20.3 miElevation gain5,282 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCampingHikingHorseback ridingForestLakeRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleFeeNo dogs
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Yellowstone closes trails annually to reduce encounters between bears and humans during certain times of the year. See here for bear closure info: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/bearclosures.htm Additionally, roads in Yellowstone are closed annually during winter. Before you head out, see Park road closures here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm Yellowstone National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. 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.

There's a small dirt parking area on the side of the road that can accommodate about 10-15 cars & trucks. You can park here to do the day hike or for overnight backpackers. Occasionally you'll see some trucks with horse trailers on the side of the road as there are some horses on the first part of the trail.

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

To reach the trailhead drive 4.7 miles south of Mammoth, just beyond the Golden Gate (Kingman Pass). If approaching from the south the trailhead is located 16.4 miles north of Norris Junction.

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Bridgette Hyde
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Hiking

well marked trail. fresh bear prints and hiking solo had me make the ultimate u-turn. come with me...IG, Hydeouts Adventures

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Emily Burchfield
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Great hike! Punishing and rewarding. First 8 miles is leisurely, and then... it’s straight up for 2-3 miles in loose scree. Worth it for the incredible views of Yellowstone, though. On the way back we saw lots of elk and enjoyed the wildflowers and butterflies. We only saw one other person on the trail in the 9 hours we were on it!

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Jai Koh
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Hiking

Freakin tough. Don’t take it lightly

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Erin Benike
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HikingBugsGreat!RockyScramble

Done 8/1/20 - Left the trailhead at 5:30am and hit the summit by 11am. The first 7 miles is fairly flat and easy, the last 2-3 miles is heaving incline with no switchbacks. The top is a scramble, but very doable, just take your time. Horseflies were horrible on the way down. Ran into a moose! Plan for 10 hour day if not more. Made it back to the trailhead by 3:30pm

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Enrique Rosario
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Rock climbingBugsGreat!Scramble

If you do this hike you MUST COMMIT the first few miles are very easy but don't let this fool you because it gets much more intense. Last 2 - 3 miles is a heavy incline then you must rock climb to get to the peak. I went with 3 other people and 2 said no because the climb to the peak was daunting, however scary it appears it is very much doable. Keep steady, watch every hand/foot placement and bring a token to leave in the box. 3 states are visible from the top and be prepared to battle horse flies for most of it. I'll never do this hike again but it is definitely one to be proud of if you have it in your completed list. Live well, stay #HUMAN!

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Olivia Kunicka
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HikingBugsRocky

Hiked on July 16th, 2020, and was definitely a challenging hike to complete in one day. We started at 6am and ended the hike around 4pm but sadly it was too windy to reach the peak. Comfortable shoes is a MUST, along with lots of water. We did the electric peak trail hike and we parked in the bunsen peak trailhead instead of starting near mammoth. On the way down, we had to slide down on our butts and at the end of the day it was very challenging on our knees. The length was more challenging than the hike overall but was a good experience.

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Lauren C
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Completed 7/18/20. Not as physically demanding as I feared, but definitely a mental challenge for the last mile to and from the summit. When I hit mile 8 I told myself I could take 2 hours to reach the top— wound up needing just 15 minutes less. Down was faster but I was on my ass a fair bit. The lot was full at the actual start so I parked 2 miles down the road across from Snow Pass which links up with the trail cutting about a mile and a half off. I felt pretty good by the time I met the intersection again so decided to take the long way back to the true start. Kinda wish I hadn’t; it was pretty overgrown that way and I lost the trail a few times... but you do get some beautiful bonus views. The extra loop back made it 21 miles total, and took 7 and a half hours including time at the top.

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Anthony Del Russo
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HikingBugsNo shade

Ridiculously difficult hike. Did it in a day and wanted to die by the end. Incredible variety of landscapes on the way up. We had to turn back 0.5 miles before the summit due to dangerous winds (200 lb guy and it was throwing me around). Don’t take this hike lightly.

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John Smesko
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailOver grownRockyScramble
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the.world.hiker on instagram
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarJune 28, 2020
HikingBugsScramble

Did this hike June 28. Nice and gentle uphill for first 8 miles then last two miles climb straight up SE Ridge. Fun scramble up the final .5 mile towards the summit. Super windy on ridge and then pretty calm on the summit. Beautiful meadows and wildflowers on much of trail. No snow. Great long day hike!

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Alex Drena
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HikingRockyScramble

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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Sarah Lindsay
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HikingBugsOver grownRockyScramble

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!

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