Two Ocean Pass is a 56.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Moran, Wyoming that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from July until September.

Distance: 56.7 miles Elevation Gain: 6,450 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

views

wildlife

hiking
9 months ago

We walked up the Buffalo North Fork to Two Ocean Pass and across a large willow meadow in the middle of which the waters subtly change direction and flow towards the Pacific and then towards the Atlantic. We continued to the Hawksrest Patrol Cabin just south of the Yellowstone Park boundary and near Thorofare Creek. Then we proceeded up the Yellowstone River for two days til it was just a small creek. During that period and the next day, we saw no one. However, we did see very fresh grizzly bear sign everywhere and almost every day. On the second day, a man approached us with a rifle and said one just went by. Other days we saw prints and scat so fresh it was warm to the touch, literally. In the Woodward Canyon, we saw cub and adult tracks then heard them calling to each other across the wide chasm of that wild, cataract-filled basin. Nevertheless, we never laid eyes on one of these elusive creatures. We got caught in a freezing, sideways rainstorm at 10,000' but got our tents set up just in time to find shelter. There was a hard frost every night and hardly any mosquitoes. The wildflowers are off the charts spectacular with the early and late flowers all blooming at the same time in the narrow growing season. We covered 14-18 miles a day, which is nothing compared to the claims made by the 5-6 Continental Divide Trail hikers we met on their way to Mexico.

backpacking
Mon Jul 02 2012

I've never seen so many grizzly prints, without seeing a bear. I did cross paths with a lone black wolf. Bugs were pretty bad at times. Great view of the Tetons.

hiking
9 months ago