Garnet Hill Loop Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews
#63 of 206 trails in

Garnet Hill Loop Trail is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

8.7 miles
754 feet



nature trips


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wild flowers




no dogs

This is a loop trail approximately 10 miles long, depending on the starting trailhead. The trail loops around Garnet Hill in Yellowstone Park, along Yellowstone River, and goes through a meadow near Tower Junction. Wildlife and beautiful scenery are the highlights of this moderate trail. The trail has two trailheads: (1) at the Hellroaring Trailhead just west of Floating Island Lake, and (2) at Tower Junction. The trail loops around Garnet Hill and meanders next to Yellowstone River. If one starts at the Hellroaring Trailhead, there is a significant 500-foot elevation gain near that trailhead. The elevation gain is about 400 feet if only using the Tower Junction Trailhead and is more gradual than the other. If one is moving counter-clockwise on the trail and is at Tower Junction, follow the road to Cooke City about 0.2 miles to find the other half of the trail. Conversely, if one is hiking clockwise on the trail and meets the road to Cooke City, walk south along the road toward the intersection to find the other half of the trail. The loop is abundant with wildlife and there are plenty of hikers too.

23 days ago

Took the stagecoach road to loop trail head. That half of the trail was almost grown over.

1 month ago

Great all around hike but definitely plan for a longer hike. Lots of wild life and bring bear spray. Beautiful views of the Yellowstone River.

1 month ago

Great trail, but definitely not a short hike. Takes a little over 3 hours to finish the trail, but another 45 minutes (2 Miles) to get back to the main road by Roosevelt Lodge. Be careful and carry bear spray as I came across a grizzly bear as well as a black bear during this hike.

3 months ago

Fabulous hike. Wildlife was plentiful & beautiful creeks..

9 months ago

Went in mid October and didn't see a single person on the trail. Lots of bison on the trail which led to several detours around them.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

This was our first Yellowstone hike and it was very enjoyable. A lot of changes in your surroundings as you go. We saw coyotes, pronghorn, mostly bison (some lone bulls near the trail), birds of prey above, and a black bear w/ cub at the end. A lot of bones seen along the way and found some great sheds (left them where they were). It's a long hike, but not boring at all. Bring water!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I started at the Hellroaring Trailhead with some friends and went down to the trail intersection at Garnet Hill and worked my way counter-clockwise along the loop. Near Tower Junction, we cut across the meadow to meet the other side of the trail instead of following the trail exactly. Along the trail we saw signs of black bear, coyote, wolf, and porcupine. We saw bison with their calves at a small lake or pond on the East side of Garnet Hill and walked around the trail to avoid confrontations. A couple pronghorn and a few mule deer ran past us too. We enjoyed hiking next to Elk Creek and Yellowstone River. The 500-foot elevation gain near the Hellroaring Trailhead was probably the most difficult part, but it was at the end. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful hike!

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