Specimen Ridge Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

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.

Distance: 16.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,861 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

hot springs

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

washed out

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.

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muddy
snow
7 months ago

Another amazing hike in the snow (and mud) as the temperatures increased. Hiked out to junction with Yellowstone Trail and had spectacular view of the river and Mt. Washburn. Wildlife spotted included bison, bald eagle and a snowy owl. Lots of elk tracks.

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no shade
8 months ago

Beautiful views and tons of wildlife. We saw bison and bighorn and we only went halfway.

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9 months ago

Excellent hike with amazing 360 degree views atop Mt Amethyst, bison hogging the trail and curious Pronghorn. The whole hike took us twelve hours, including fording the river, which was knee high at the time in mid August, and hitchhiking back to the trailhead. My legs were throbbing and I was very sore by the end, but it was well worth the effort. Lost of bear skat on the latter part of the trail so be careful. Also, be sure to check the river level before you go so you don’t get stuck there with night falling and wolves roaming.

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9 months ago

Absolutely stunning hike - we set out at 6:30 AM to and were treated to an amazing sunrise with clouds below and the mountain peaks above. We met both bison, marmots, eagles and a large number of pronghorns. Early start is recommended as to avoid crowds - we only met people after 6 hours... The first mile or so from the picnic area is crowded during the day - but is easy hike with stunning views... so if you're not up for long hikes - do first mile anyway.

Wed Nov 15 2017

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 pronghorns. The parking area (Yellowstone River Picnic Area) is the perfect place to have a picnic after a good hike.

Mon Mar 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.

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Tue Jul 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.

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Sat Jan 31 2015

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

hiking
Mon Jun 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.

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