Seven Mile Hole Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Seven Mile Hole Trail is a 9.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 9.7 miles Elevation Gain: 2,043 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

running

forest

hot springs

river

views

wildlife

closed

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
8 months ago

Awesome thermal features, terrific canyon views! Decently steep and difficult hike. This hike had my favorite views in Yellowstone.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome views along the way! The descent and climb out of the canyon is step but manageable.

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8 months ago

Great hike, although I would have to warn you, it’s steep down, and feels even more so on the way back up. :-) We stayed a couple nights out at 4C3, amazing site with a great view and access to the river. Spent a full day taking the back route up to Washburn, which was a BEAST!

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9 months ago

This was my favorite trail in Yellowstone! It’s not too busy and the hike into the canyon by the river is beautiful! The hike back up is steep and sunny- bring lots of water!

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rocky
washed out
9 months ago

Has been my favorite trail out of the three I have done in yellowstone! check out the inspiration overlook then hit this hike to really see the grand canyon in all its glory! watch your footing, especially on the switchbacks, alot of lose rock. trail very well marked. Go near the canyon rim at beginning for an awesome waterfall. Then enjoy some thermal features once you finish the downhill switchbacks. look out near the bottom for a spectacular branching waterfall on the other side. Enjoy relaxing by the river, where I found two campers set up. Has quite some challenges coming back up with some steep inclines, with the switchbacks above the thermal features being the hardest part. If you hike regularly, you should have no problem completing, but this is no walk in the park if you decide to go all the way down to river. Warning: A bear with two cubs was spotted on the trail around 11:00am August 17th just past the large field on the left side on the way in. we saw a deer on the way out just past the dome shaped active hot springs.

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9 months ago

Amazing hike! Definitely harder the way back going uphill.

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bugs
10 months ago

A great trail in Yellowstone. Well maintained path, great views, forest shade, a few small geysers and hot spots, a beautiful meadow, and eventually you reach the river and canyon! The hill is no joke, lot of elevation change over a short period. The bugs are can also be a lot at times. So bring extra water and bug spray!

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bugs
10 months ago

Dura! pero increíble!

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10 months ago

Good hike. Views are good but will be walking through the forest most of the time.

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10 months ago

Beautiful hike, steep sections near the end, I should have taken insect repellent but it was still a great hike.

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11 months ago

This was a great hike. We started at 0530am as soon as the sun had risen (we had time constraints) and hiked in and out relatively quick. The way in was fun and easy. Beautiful and empty. We were quite vigilant for bears and wolves. Appreciated some fresh paw prints and dropping but no sightings. This hike has everything amazing views of the canyons, woods, geysers, meadows and finally all the way down to the canyon. They way back out was more challenging particularly the hike out of the canyon, real work involved here. But once that portion is completed it becomes a relatively easy hike again. On the way out we ran into a wolf trotting down the trail straight towards us. It circumvented us and sat on the opposite side watching us. A little unnerving as we were constantly looking for the pack! Luckily no other sightings. This was probably my most enjoyed hike because of the quite solitude in a beautiful back country setting.

hiking
11 months ago

A real beast

hiking
Sun Feb 24 2019

This will be a historical review- but this trail is where my love of the back county was born. As a young boy scout in the early 1980s I would hike to the bottom of the canyon each July for the salmon fly hatch and catch as many native cutthroat trout as my flies could handle before they became an unrecognizable snarl of orange pipe cleaners and hackles. Seven Mile Hole will forever be my Mecca.

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Mon Sep 24 2018

Starts with a pleasant walk through a forest by the canyon, with a couple of nice lookout points. The trail really starts to shine 2-3 miles in once you start your descent into the canyon. Great views, lots of waterfalls and hot springs. You eventually make your way down to the river itself, before a tough hike back up to where you came from. We had a close encounter with a black bear on the way back quite close to the trailhead, so be prepared!

hiking
Thu Sep 13 2018

The walk had some varying terrain. You start along the canyon then undulate through forest. The descent begins with a geyser then others as the descent drops more dramatically. Nice views along the trek. Walking sticks are handy down and up. Have lunch along the river upwind from the sulphur smelling geysers. The trek back I did huff and puff, still trying to get acclimated. Wildlife spotted was limited to chipmunks and squirrels. Only saw a dozen other hikers. Highly recommend.

hiking
Mon Sep 11 2017

The road to the trailhead was closed when we went two weeks ago. Expect to add at least a mile or two to the total distance depending on where you park if it's still closed. The hike itself was great. Great natural scenery along the rim for the first couple miles and neat little thermal steam vents, geysers and stuff as you get closer to the bottom. Also beware of biting flies in the grassier portions at the bottom, but they're not too bad closer to the river. Challening hike coming back up for sure, but very rewarding.

backpacking
Tue Jul 18 2017

Fun spot to camp and fish. About 4 hrs one way

camping
Sat Jul 23 2016

Awesome hike, can be steep at some points, for me was quite strenuous. Camped down there overnight. Lovely views.

hiking
Wed Jun 22 2016

This was pretty amazing hike in yellow stone. Just to think you start at inspiration point and finish at the river. Fist part of hike pretty easy with some amazing views. Then the hike down pretty steep but wow the view. You will finish at the river. Suggest to eat lunch there great spots to sit and relax until the hike back up. That's intense but so worth it.

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Fri Aug 28 2015

Beautiful and fairly empty (when I went) with easy to follow trail. It is in bear and wolf territory so be prepared. Hike out is fairly flat at first with lots of scenic lookouts into the canyon, then steep downhill until you reach the river and enjoy the cool water. Poles are very helpful on this one.

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