Specimen Ridge Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Specimen Ridge Trail is a 16.9 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point 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 January until September. Horses are also able to use this trail.

16.9 miles
3,861 feet
Point to Point





horseback riding

nature trips


trail running



hot springs



wild flowers


washed out

no dogs

From Tower Junction, drive on the Northeast Entrance road about 1.2 miles. First you will cross the Yellowstone River bridge. Next you'll see a picnic sign in a pullout that says "Yellowstone River." After the sign, turn right into the shaded picnic area that has an outhouse.

9 months ago

This trail offers great views of wildlife and the Northern part of the Yellowstone River's 20 mile long Grand Canyon. Along the way we saw plenty of bison, marmots and a small herd of bighorn sheep. The parking area (Yellowstone River Picnic Area) is the perfect place to have a picnic after a good hike.

Monday, March 14, 2016

I liked it and all of the weather changes during our hike. It went from hot and sunny to having to duck under a tree due to a sudden downpour. Was more of an easy hike for me, pretty views at the top.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Incredible hike. Takes you through rolling hills for miles then towards the end you get some gorgeous views. Make sure you really pay attention to where you are going though, we almost lost the trail in the middle.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Awesome! Pretty interpretive with the snowfall but the views are so gorgeous and it really gets you away from the road.

Monday, June 17, 2013

This hike takes about two miles next to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, right near the cliff. I didn't find this hike difficult, but those who have problems with heights will want to avoid it, even though it has magnificent views. On the trail, I saw a badger, a herd of bighorn sheep with lambs, bison, marmot, mountain bluebirds, and pronghorn. Walking next to the road for 3/4 mile was the only reason I rated this hike 4 stars instead of 5.

11 months ago

11 months ago

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016