Gneiss Creek Trail

MODERATE 7 reviews
#116 of 203 trails in

Gneiss Creek Trail is a 14 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.

DISTANCE
14.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
695 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

birding

camping

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

3 months ago

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.

snowshoeing
Tuesday, December 22, 2015

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.

hiking
Sunday, September 08, 2013

hiking
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

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.

hiking
Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Gneiss Creek is actualy a 14 mile through hike that starts at the 7 mile Bridge (7 miles from the west entrance) and ends at a trailhead about 10 miles south of the town of West Yellowstone, or the other way around if you desire.

My only guess on how they came up with 3.6 mile distance is that from 7 mile bridge there is a junction with the Cougar Cabin Trail 1.4 miles in.

Anyways, hope that clears any confusion, and please take the time to enjoy this beautiful part of Yellowstone!!

P.S. It Makes a great ski as well!!