Sheepeater Cliff Trail

EASY 33 reviews
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Sheepeater Cliff Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gardiner, Montana that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and fishing and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 0.9 miles Elevation Gain: 36 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

rocky

no dogs

1 small tree to climb over. some of the pathway is a bit overgrown, and one spot is right next to the water. only other visitors were a couple of big cats. They walked most of the trail together.

hiking
no shade
over grown
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Best part of the hike is the cascades near the end. Be sure to go to them.

hiking
3 months ago

I really didn't know what the expect from this trail but was pleasantly surprised. It's fairly easy with some slight elevation changes but for the most part flat. It runs along the Gardner River so there are views along the way to the cliffs which is about halfway in. The Cliffs themselves make for a good photo opportunity. As you get near the end there are some rapids that are pretty and fairly long into an open valley that I though was gorgeous. I would recommend this to anyone wanting a short and beautiful hike.

hiking
over grown
4 months ago

Nice short hike

hiking
5 months ago

Quick little out and back but seeing the lava formation is worth it

Fri Jul 20 2018

This isn't really a hiking trail, you drive right up to the basalt columns. I am a geologist so I rate it high because you can get right up to the columns.

Fri Jul 06 2018

Short & very easy (flat). Worth the time to see. Good hangout for marmots too.

Wed May 30 2018

It's a rugged little trail, not on the park maps, created by fishermen and adventurous hikers. Beautiful roaring falls, one of my favorite. Please stay away...

walking
Tue Mar 28 2017

Very nice location. Cool view of the river.

walking
Sat Mar 18 2017

After Norris Geyser Basin, we went up the road toward Mammoth, getting out to see a big elk in the meadow, a bison dusting itself next to the road, a coyote crossing the road, and then past Obsidian Cliff and Sheepeater Cliff, where we ate peanut butter sandwiches and had a brief lunch in the van. Sheepeater is a rock formation just like the Devil's Postpile monument in California, formed as basalt lava erupts from volcanic vents and cools, then shrinks and cracks. Sometimes vertical columns form. Well developed columns result from homogeneous lava cooling at a uniform rate - hence, Sheepeater Cliffs. Past Sheepeater the park opens up into a wide plain where we viewed a herd of about eight elk, we saw Bunsen Peak on the right (nice 4 mile RT hike next time), Electric Mountain on the left, and entered the Golden Gate pass from one terrain into the next, from wide plains into a canyon, with a road right along the cliff walls suspended over the canyon. Yellowstone is amazing, with geothermal features, wildlife and lots of exploring to do. And don't forget it's been 60,000 years since it last erupted... enjoy!

fishing
Wed Aug 17 2016

I did this trail a few years back, You can drive and park near a section of the cliff and climb around it if you want. My main purpose was to fish the Gardiner River, which is a decent trout stream. After descending or by passing the cliff formation, follow the dirt trail along the river. You will reach a cut-off near the rapids where you will stop or wade on to the other side. Not much shade here, so if you're out exploring, hat and water are needed..

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