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Gneiss Creek Trail is a 13.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length 13.9 mi Elevation gain 692 ft Route type Point to Point

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bugs

Snow

No dogs

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Emma Errgang
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Bear tracks

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Karley Nugent
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Hiking

Nice view points and little back country valleys and meadows. Tons many downed trees, though. Wish they'd go through and clear some of them. Also, it's really easy to lose the trail in some areas. Long stretches with no trail markers. Just be sure to download the map and follow it as you go.

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Scott D.
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My wife and I only went the first two miles and back due to time constraints. Those miles offered three distinct ecosystems. First up hill volcano scree paralleling the river, second was a post apocalyptic forest fire, and lastly a beautiful high meadow. I highly recommend this trip. Saw a great horned owl and a female pheasant. I would have loved to do more but had no time.

Spencer Arnesen
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We read that there was an above average chance seeing wildlife on this trail. We didn’t see much of note. There probably is a good chance of seeing buffalo, but it wasn’t or day. We only did the first 4.5 miles from the trailhead to camp site WA1. Campanula Creek was pretty as was the final Gneiss Creek, but the second half of the trail is pretty mediocre. Probably won’t do it again.

Katie Barefoot
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Hiking

Traveling through the area and stopped to stretch our legs. The trail is beautiful and winds through a meadow full of wildflowers. Unfortunately, the trail was partially closed due to grizzly bear concerns and a carcass on the trail, but the part we saw was gorgeous. Even got to see two deer run through the fields and disappear among the aspens.

Donna Michaels
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Started at hwy 191 headed for TH in Yellowstone Park. Trail ran out about 5 miles in and I never found it again. Still did 14 miles, but had to bushwhack and backtrack. Very disappointing

Karen Seibold
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Tough trail that covers a lot of ground most of which is uneven and difficult. There is no real change in altitude. Much if the trail is transversing swampy meadows that are poorly marked meaning having a gps and map is essential. There are several areas that fires have destroyed the young trees - the new growth and flowers reveal a stark contrast of ashes and color. Although reports of many animals we saw only 1 small snake no mammals. We are all experienced hikers and 14 miles normally would have taken us about 4-5 hours. It took us 8.5 to complete. Some time spent finding a way to cross a couple large streams not mentioned in the hiking guides. So not for the beginner, great if you want to be alone ( we saw 2 people at the beginning none the rest of the day) Over all there are probably better hikes to chose in the area.

Brian Meyers
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Snowshoeing

The snow was incredibly deep and we had to cut our own trail. It was a lot of effort. Most of the trail we followed was in open meadows which made it easy to create our own trail. We tried to follow GPS as close as possible but a few times had to stray from the GPS trail in order to find a path through sections of trees. We were hoping to see animals but they all must have been hiding or hibernating.

Gabriel Ford
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Hiking

Please see the other Gneiss Creek Trail reviews for more details, but this trail from this direction is actually a 14 mile through hike that finishes at 7 mile bridge on the east entrance road.

Dan A. User
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Dan A. User
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John Winkler
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Jeff Macklin
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Jeff Macklin
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Eric Reece
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Spencer Arnesen
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Jesse Horner
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Nathan Tellstrom
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