North Crandall Trail is a 34 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Cody, Wyoming that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until November.
Directions from Cody: Travel 17 miles north on WY 120, then travel west on WY 296. Just off WY 296 1/4 miles west of Crandall Creek bridge and Crandall Ranger Station.
This is a beautiful trail that passes through a range of scenery. It first goes north and is several miles from the North Fork of Crandall Creek. The trail was easy to follow until we came to a big open field that stretched way south in the direction of the creek. Without a good map to consult (don't make the same mistake!) we followed a trail into that field towards the creek. A long way on, we decided that it was not the main trail and had to retrace out steps. The actual trail went straight across the field and soon met the junction with the Squaw Creek trail. There was a nice campsite near Teepee Creek. We continued on and found a large horse camp a few miles further west. It had about six bear boxes and was beautifully located right on North Crandall Creek. From there we could see the ridge we needed to climb to reach the pass into Yellowstone. There are three big stream crossings and a very steep climb before you reach a beautiful ridge leading to the pass overlooking Cache Mountain and Yellowstone National Park. The trail ends there. We continued on into YNP, but it was a difficult bushwhack because the valley was filled with downed trees.