Explore the most popular forest trails near Gardiner with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

6 days ago

Easy little walk to the Boiling River. Such a fun time. Read my blog post (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/15/boiling-river-yellowstone-national-park) and watch my vlog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-06iSXOUc&t=5s)

PS you have to pay to get into Yellowstone Park to get to this area.

Still covered with hard packed snow but can be easily navigated. Geysers are underwhelming but the views of the canyon are worth it when you get to the top.

beautiful views but still completely covered in snow. there's already tracks so it won't be too difficult. it was kinda fun running down in all the snow.

Incredible trail... backpacked it May 2017...plenty of wildlife, spectacular views, and challenging climbs... highly recommend this Trail.

This is definitely a 5 star drive. Another one of the many incredibly scenic drives this country has to offer. It has been a long time since I have been on this road, but remember it well even though I was barely a teenager. Starting in Cooke City, we drove from there to Red Lodge in late June. There was still a ton of snow at Beartooth pass, which sits at 10,947'. Lots of switchbacks going up, and then down the other side. We stayed in Red Lodge that night and were told the next morning that it had snowed at the pass the previous night!! The views are what you would expect when climbing that high. So the drive starts in Montana from either direction, crosses into Wyoming and then back into Montana. Coming from Red Lodge, this would be the NE entrance to Yellowstone. This drive is just outside the park. It's known as the Beartooth Scenic Byway. Put it on the list if you haven't been to this part of the country!!

If you're looking for a challenging trail with some interesting views but no real reward at the end, this is the trail for you. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed with the trail as a whole, but it definitely did not live up to my expectations.

9 months ago

This is a hike you should probably only do if you backpack and camp along the Mount Holmes trail. The trail that splits of Mount Holmes trail and goes towards Trilobite Lake is almost nonexistant after the first 0.2 miles. It turns into an open meadow and your only way of guiding yourself to the lake is by following orange trail markers found on trees. These markers are spaced apart fairly far from each other and I actually got lost on this trail once when returning. Luckily, it is fairly easy to find your way back to the "trail" so long as you have a sense of direction on where to go. The elevation gain is also fairly brutal after you cross the meadows. The lake itself is very beautiful with since it half of it is surrounded by Mt. Holmes and you will have the entire trail to yourself. I also found the meadows, forest and mountain views to be rather beautiful as well. I enjoyed this trail because of its difficulty and ruggedness, but you will not like it if you are against steep elevation gain and there being no actual trail to walk on.

I've did most of the trail and decided to return with a deer path just below the ridge for pretty good mountain views.

The canyon itself is not that spectacular (e.g. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO is much better),
but this trail features a wildlife (bison, elk, coyote, .. ) and especially carcasses (tons of antlers, a half-eaten bison).

Overall, the trail felt stretched - not that many nice places compared to its length.
The upside it's in the lower part of the canyon, so in early June, when south is covered with snow, East is occupied by bears with cubs, this is the safest option for backpacking. For day hike, I would recommend Mt. Washburn.

Ok because there are few people but not so beautiful, if you have few days in Yellowstone don't spend they here.

This was a great hike after being in the car all week. It's a leg and lung burner for me, but my 12 and 14 yr old boys had not trouble at all. The geysers at the top were cool because there are no boardwalks you need to adhere too. But, you need to be super careful and stay on the trail. The area is fragile and dangerous.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Still covered in knee-deep snow, so with the steep grade, it was an extremely difficult hike for its length. There are a couple of nice views along the way, but the geyser basin once you get up there is lame.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Very nice location. Cool view of the river.

Saturday, March 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!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Soothing to the body and soul.
Nothing quite like submitting to the colossal powers of the world's largest super volcano by relaxing in the boiling waters just above it's monumental caldera.
I believe that the parking lot closes at 7pm or sundown and it is strictly enforced so be sure to get there in ample time to enjoy the magic waters of the Boiling River.

Wednesday, August 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..

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice easy hike and the river is so awesome! Perfect for a soak after a day of hiking!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The hike itself is easy and short. I've been several times and seen bison, big horn sheep, deer, and elk along the way. It's prettiest in the winter, but braving the cold hike back to the car after swimming in the hot water is tough!

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Super fun experience at Yellowstone! Be careful of the scalding hot water (I wouldn't bring small children here unless you are one of the lucky people to get a "sweet spot"). Saw snakes on the way to the water (not poisonous, and did not see any in the water, but who knows). Don't dip your face in the water because there are supposedly some weird bacteria that live there!

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Friday, August 14, 2015

If a person has the opportunity, a soak in the Boiling River is truly a good once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the parking area inside Yellowstone National Park, and just slightly south of the 45th Parallel, you take a short hike of one-half mile to the Boiling River. You do have to be very careful. The natural hot water can scald you easily. But when you are in the sweet spots where the hot water is blended with the Gardner River - it's a good thing.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not an easy trail, This trail is super steep, hardly any shade and once you get to the top, you cant really go any where as the thermals holes are all over the place and you really don't want to mess with them. Do not recommend for kids. But the views are nice on the way up. As another reviewer said this is a one-time hike.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Very easy hike... But bring water shoes of some sort to get to the nice hot water spot in the river because it's really hard if you go bare feet! Too crowded for me at the time I went. One restroom available at the beginning of the trail. Saw a snake in a hole, pay attention where you walk. Check.

Nice 3 day trip. I took the Black Tail trail out. Last day started with a 2 mile grind up hill, but was worth the effort. Creeks are high late May and early June. Plan on the extra 3.8 mile hike and cross hell roaring bridge.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Took a trip out to Yellowstone and this was one of the highlights! We got there early (around 8 am) and we were the first ones there. Perfect, because it started getting busy around 9:30 AM.
Beautiful drive to get to the boiling river (came through Gardiner). The hot springs itself looks amazing. Bring some water shoes, this will really help you out!!!
Getting in was hard. There were drastic temperature changes in the water. It was either freezing or scolding hot. We went to the very far end and found some nice soaking spots where the temp was perfect.
Again, this place gets busy, so get there early! The parking area is small.
BRING some water shoes!!

Friday, April 26, 2013

This 1.3 mile out and back hike is very easy. At the destination is a great place to soak in the hot springs of Yellowstone National Park safely. Wildlife viewing is also possible; I saw an osprey catch a small fish in the Gardner River while at Boiling River. The hot springs are only available in the daytime when there is no spring flooding.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Other than a hissing fumarole, there isn't a lot of activity at Monument Geyser Basin. However, for the peculiarly shaped geyser cones, it's a distinctive backcountry thermal area. The trail is only about a mile in, but after a short distance, it becomes a steep mile! Just before reaching the basin, there is a scenic overlook of the Gibbon River Canyon that is a nice place to spend some time. For me, Monument Geyser Basin will probably be a one-time hike while nearby Artist's Paint Pots is a colorful more active site, if you dont mind sharing the experience with dozens of other people.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Nice little walk to a beautiful hot springs area. Easy, easy walk.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Very steep! Take plenty of water. Don't touch the thermal features. Some of them are extremely acidic.

Friday, September 23, 2011

The attraction here is soaking. I usually get a spot that half of me is too cold, and half of me is too hot, so I have to keep rotating. I like it best in December when it is less crowded.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

After the first 0.5 miles, this is a steady climb up a mountain. Great exercise. We found this trail fairly difficult, but the geyser basin was not very exciting. The views during the climb were amazing, but the geyser basin was not worth the hike.

Sunday, January 02, 2011

This trail is fairly level, you can definitely do it in less then three days, I have done it in one day. If you come out at Gardiner the last part of the trail is in the open and can get very hot in the summer. A friend got Giardia drinking the water on the trail. It is in the trees and after the first mile or two the number of people goes way down. There are some nice campsites along the river. In the spring when we did this our legs were covered in ticks so beware. This year the trail was pretty clear of snow. I have seen bears on this trail, black bears.

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