Explore the most popular views 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.

5 days ago

Easy quick hike, says it’s a mile but really 3/4 of a mile. Bridge was rotting with several areas broken thru boardwalk . These broken areas clearly visible when walking on the boardwalk. As with many trials in Yellowstone it is not well maintained. We saw a small herd of elk eating down by the creek. Short and sweet, good for all levels. There are some stairs to the falls but there is a hand rail and this area appears to be in good repair.

Falls were okay. We started at bike trail from fountain flat drive making it just under 10 miles. Bike trail open and mostly flat only one set of bikers passed us on our hike. Saw some bison off in the distance and one elk. Bike trail offered great prairie views and was gravel with some old broken pavement spots. From bike rack into falls was poorly maintained trail with some trash along the way. Heavy traffic and typical tourist racing to reach distinction, snap their selfie and push they way back out. If you can time it right the falls are nice but if your traveling with younger children skip the extra miles of the adding the bike trail.

A walk not a hike! Expect to not go at your pace as your walking with many others. However; it leads you to the end destination of a “soak”.

Fairly strenuous hike with mediocre views and a boring thermal area at the top.

This isn't really a hiking trail, you drive right up to the basalt columns. I am a geologist so I rate it high because you can get right up to the columns.

Short & very easy (flat). Worth the time to see. Good hangout for marmots too.

The trail looks amazing but it is shut down right now due to high water :( disappointment!!

If you consider this a hike with the view as the payoff it is worth the effort, if you are going for the thermal activity there are better attractions that are much easier to get to.

Easy hike, great for young kids. I think there are better waterfall hikes in the park that are just as easy.

Hiked up this trail with my family. Trail runs beside the river for the first half mile before heading up. The “heading up” got my heart rate going. There isn’t a lot of a thermal activity at the top, but the views were well worth the effort.

It's a rugged little trail, not on the park maps, created by fishermen and adventurous hikers. Beautiful roaring falls, one of my favorite. Please stay away...

Super easy hike with a great reward! Would recommend to anyone!

hiking
2 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful and quick trail if you're en route from Tower Falls area to Mammoth. Quick hike to Wraith Falls, Enjoy a small spray of water, and all the chipmunks everywhere! Shaded trail for most of the way.

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.

Decent with some awwww. The falls are very cool and the way in seemed simple enough of a hike

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!!

hiking
6 months ago

Worth the hike

hiking
7 months ago

Nice waterfall and worth getting out of the car real quick but I would see other things first like brink of lower falls. Easy and quick hike for sure.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

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.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ok, but only if you stay a lot of days in Yellowstone!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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

Thursday, June 08, 2017

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.

hiking
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.

walking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Very nice location. Cool view of the river.

walking
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!

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