Specimen Ridge Trail

HARD 9 reviews
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Specimen Ridge Trail is a 17 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.

17.0 miles
3487 feet
Point to Point





horseback riding

nature trips


trail running



hot springs



wild flowers


washed out

no dogs

The loop trail starts at the Yellowstone River Picnic Area and loops on the Speciman Ridge Trail. This hike has a lot of opportunity to see wildlife and fantastic views. The trail starts at the Yellowstone Picnic Area. From there you'll walk along the trail, riding the edge of a cliff by the north end of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. About two miles into the hike, you'll take a left turn on the Speciman Ridge Trail toward the Northeast Entrance Road. At the road, walk West along the road for about 0.75 miles to get back to the picnic area. There are a lot of opportunities to see animals. Be sure to hike safely in bear country!

3 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.

5 months ago

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Monday, May 26, 2014