Lamar Valley Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Lamar Valley Trail is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 698 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

bird watching

running

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no shade

no dogs

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.

hiking
muddy
snow
6 months ago

A super easy scenic trail. Started late but no issues. Spotted a coyote and if course, bison.

muddy
snow
7 months ago

Amazing hike today! Highlight of trip was a badger near the junction to Specimen Ridge Trail. Sat and watched her for 15 minutes. Also spotted Bald Eagles, elk and grizzly in the distant. Very snowy and muddy but warmed up to 34 so very comfortable besides wet feet.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Did most of this trail yesterday, felt exposed on the open plan, saw a number of bison in the distance and one lone one seemed to follow us out along the stock route where we started. Saw lots of evidence, paw

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Good walk through the sagebrush. Hundreds of Buffalo in the distance. Many prong horns around.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful. Multiple Bison, group of 4 pronghorn including a baby.

hiking
10 months ago

Heaven-ly. Thank you

hiking
10 months ago

Started at Soda butte trail head and did about 6 miles of trail then turned back. Beautiful. Crossing the Lamar river is engaging - proceed w caution - be ready for it. Places the trail disappeared briefly or didn’t quite match up to what the GPS showed. Saw lots of Bison in the meadow on the way out - some good views up high along the ridge.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Nice walk out past Cache Creek and back. We were treated to a herd of Bison (300+) moving down out of the hills and into Lamar Valley, slowly grazing, young males jostling with each other, cows & calfs, truly an impressive site. We turned back and gave the herd ample space to move through. The trail itself is well worn and has a good bit of horse activity. Be careful not to step on a ground squirrel. They are everywhere.

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

We did the walk in the afternoon and only saw bison. Beautiful nature, but not really a challenging hike

hiking
no shade
10 months ago

Hiked this trail today. Mostly dry with just a couple of exceptions. Be aware of bison scat and ground squirrel burrow holes. Had one bison who sized us up on the way out and then blocked the trail on the way back causing us to detour a bit. Had a couple of pronghorns playing in the field as well. And we saw a TON of ground squirrels. Nice and easy hike. most of the bison were hanging out a bit north in the valley today, but I can see this being spectacular if they are grazing in the area.

hiking
10 months ago

This trail is not bad. Some nice contact with wildlife, but the views aren't "spectacular." As this is Lamar Valley, I would say it is important to do, but I much prefer the Specimen Ridge hiking trail (which is only miles down the road).

hiking
11 months ago

Absolute favorite hike in the park. Could only get 4 miles in before hitting the creek that was too high to Ford through last week. Bring hiking sticks and look for lots of bison, pronghorn and ground squirrels.

hiking
11 months ago

Hiked past several herds of bison. Couldn't continue because they were on the trail. All of a sudden a herd of bison came stampeding over the hill directly at us! At the last minute, just as we thought we were going to be trampled, they split off and went on either side of us! 10/10 would hike again

hiking
muddy
off trail
11 months ago

11 months ago

This is wide open trail with lots to see. we had several herds of bison that caused some delays or reroutes. the trail was muddy and full of bison scat.

hiking
11 months ago

If you want valley views, beautiful landscapes filled with buffalo, pronghorn, coyotes, etc. then this is the hike for you!

hiking
11 months ago

Only went as far as the Specimen Ridge cut off today, but it was great. I'm sure that the section to Cache Creek is awesome as well. Bison of course, but there were a good number of red dogs. Also saw some pronged antelope and a bunch of ground squirrels.

hiking
muddy
no shade
Sat May 25 2019

We hiked until we got to the top of the hill. Fantastic hike through Lamar Valley. We saw Elk, Bison, Prong Horn Deer, and wolves way off in the distance. Highly recommend this trail even if it's just to the specimen ridge split. Until you get to the split, it's completely flat, after that it's all up hill, but not too bad. I would recommend this to anyone that wants to get out of the car and go for a quick stroll.

hiking
Thu May 23 2019

Walk threw here’s of bison and prong horn. Not much shade until you get to cache creek. Great open views.

fishing
Wed Nov 28 2018

We did not catch any fish here but we saw a lot of buffalo, deer and an antelope! The river is so beautiful.

Thu Jun 21 2018

We had to re-route a couple times because of bison. Amazing views and once you get past the first mile, we only saw two other people even on a sunny summer afternoon.

Thu May 17 2018

Tons of buffalo, gets busy towards the afternoon. Nice views of the valley.

backpacking
Tue Nov 14 2017

Backpacked with favorite outfitter week of July 4 starting at Soda Butte Creek trail head then transitioned to Mist Creek into Pelican Valley finishing near Indian Pond. Terrain was easy to moderate until climbing pass between Lamar Valley and Mist Creek:about a 1,000 ft. gain over approximately a mile. Unbelievable scenery, especially Pelican Valley, and saw wolves, coyotes and 5 grizzlies, including one that foraged all afternoon in the meadow next to our campsite. Weather was fantastic and only drawback were the mosquitoes--tons of them around the clock. Thank god there was plenty of heavy duty bug juice to go around because we would not have survived the trip without it. Got plenty of arm exercise swatting them continuously and annoying as hell.

backpacking
Fri Sep 23 2016

Pros: good fishing, nice views, lots of buffalo Cons: too busy, poor campsites

backpacking
Fri Jul 22 2016

I did this last year in late July. The fishing was amazing and I heard other fishermen upstream on the box butte did even better. Tons of little holes loaded with trout, my favorite catch in life was the cutter I brought in on a purple hopper with my wife and kids watching. Recommend bug nets depending on time of year, once dusk and dawn hours were there it was pretty bad. My 8 and 11 year olds were troopers though. No bad inclines and a little water to cross made for some good highlights. We camped but spent evening inside retreating from heavy bug presence.

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