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

hiking
24 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Our favorite sites were 3L7 and 3L9. Animals everywhere. Beautiful views.

Beautiful lake

hiking
2 months ago

Really nice and relatively easy hike...some uphill climbing but mainly at the start of the trail. Then you’re rewarded with a really nice hike around the lake, with great scenery as a backdrop. Really nice little bridge over a small “waterfall” where the lake feeds a stream...very scenic. If you’re looking for a nice short hike, with more than just flat walking, I’d strongly recommend this hike!

A buddy and I started at the Warm Creek trailhead and hiked in to 3P5 campsite 30 Aug 2018. The first 1-2 miles was a difficult ascent. The hike then opened into a beautiful meadow with several easy creek fords. The specific campsite was right along Pebble Creek and simply as good as it gets for backcountry camping. After setting up camp, we hiked another mile or two through the meadow toward Bliss Pass and then back to our site. We hiked back to the car the following morning. I wish we could have through hiked to Pebble Creek campground because it was no doubt a gorgeous hike.

We started from Pebble Creek and headed northeast staying at P1 night 1, P2 x 2 nights and P5 the final night. On our 3rd day we hiked up Bliss Pass.

When going North you have a steady, rolling up hill gain except the first day of around 900 feet. That leaves a short 200 foot gain over about a half mile on the last day followed by a steady drop to the Northeast parking lot.

Bliss Pass was beautiful and took about 3 hours to hike we stopped often and didn’t rush it. We had glorious views from the top and had a leisurely stay of 2 hours before heading back down which we did in 2 hours.

All 3 camp sites were nice and allowed us to hike in, set up and then explore the area. P5 however is the best of the best!

Truly enjoyed this hike!

This was our family’s first backpacking trip (kids ages 6, 10, 11). We hiked the first half from the Warm Creek Trailhead to the back country campsite 3P2. We spent 2 nights at the campsite and then hiked the other half out to the Pebble Creek campground area. It was a beautiful hike - meadows of wildflowers, mountaintop views, and several fords across Pebble Creek. It was not crowded at all - in 3 days I think we saw about 5 other groups. The first 1.2 Miles on day 1 were brutal!

hiking
3 months ago

Great hike, with hardly anyone there. Took a trail that shoots off the back en of the lake that lead to another smaller lake. Saw fresh signs fo bear activity and heard very loud and distinct warning growls as we neared the smaller pond.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful drive through Lamar Valley. Limited Parking. Trails begins on a steep climb. Wildflowers were abundant and views amazing. Once cresting the hill, the lake appears with the reflections of the mountains. We walked clockwise around the lake. We admired the easily visible trout as they swam. At about 3:00 on a circle is the inlet that flows into the lake. A wooden bridge and water flowing was great. Many animal trails that has the potential to be seen. a great hike for all ages

Lovely lake. We hiked around a bit above the lake and caught some great views. Cutthroat trout were spawning in the river above the lake while we were there a few days ago.

hiking
4 months ago

It's a fairly small lake and quite busy, which takes away from the serenity - but it would be quite nice in the early morning possibly. When the water is calm, I bet there are beautiful reflections of the mountains. Was hoping to see more birdlife, but nature doesn't go by my watch!

Beautiful lake. Steep, but short incline.

on Slough Creek Trail

camping
5 months ago

Really enjoyed this out and back trail. Hiked to 2S6 for first night. About 9 miles, crossing into Montana. There’s a sign, pretty cool. Hiked back to 2S1 the second night. About 5 miles. Exiting the third day. The trail head and Slough Creek Rd are busy with wildlife watchers, but once on the trail, we didn’t see a single person for three days. Lots of wildlife, especially bison. In my opinion these are the best campsites in the trail. 2S6 is slightly elevated with a great view of the entire valley. 2S1 is right on the Slough Creek. Both sites have direct access to water. Bring your filter or purification tabs. Both have food storage lockers and hanging poles, and fire rings. We did not have any bear encounters, although we did see black bear and grizzly around the park. This is also prime wolf territory. Buffalo are everywhere and not shy. Our trip in late May was risky, but we were extremely lucky with the weather. Raining only at night. No bugs at all. In all, I highly recommend this trail.

Short steep climb at the start then levels off to trout lake. Good amount of traffic in the afternoon. We saw a moose near the start of the trail.

hiking
6 months ago

One of the trails we do EVERY year we come! Late July/ Early August we usually see lots of Otters swimming around and lots of fish to look at in Trout Lake. You'll come across the occasional fisherman, but don't let that deter you from walking around the whole lake. Bring a picnic lunch to eat in the shade or on a log. Enjoy the sound of the water going under the footbridge. Very easy. Uphill coming in and downhill going out, make sure you have shoes with great traction.

snowshoeing
8 months ago

Not for people unless you want to ford Soda Butte Creek in your boots (or snowshoes as my case was) to get to the pedestrian trail. Go down the road to the Soda Butte Creek footbridge if you want an actual hike. However, a lot of people were stopped in this area for wildlife watching. I only saw bison and moose, but supposedly wolf are often spotted there.

Monday, October 16, 2017

We decided just to hike to the lake and then back. .4 miles there which was pretty much all up hill but worth it! We spent an hour at the lake. So peaceful & quiet. A little bit of snow on the ground but doable with just hiking boots.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Nice trail, great views.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Wonderful easy and relaxing trail. This was our first trail in Yellowstone. The short beginning part is a little steep and coming from sea level we felt a bit out of breath pretty quickly. However, the remainder of the trail is flat and circles around trout lake. The views are beautiful and you can see the reflection of the mountains in the lake easily. You can also see cut throat trout if you just look in the lake. We did this trail at the end of August 2017.

Saturday, September 02, 2017

Simply gorgeous. crystal water, mountain views, bubbling mountain stream and a bridge. Endless photo ops. all in a child-size hike.

backpacking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful Trail ! Camped at 3p3 campground.

hiking
Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Did not enjoy this hike much due to the biting flies and the snake in the grass. Saw several big fish in the shallow stream that feeds the lake but no otters.

backpacking
Monday, July 10, 2017

We spent three days hiking along the Slough Creek Trail, the first to campsite 2S3 about five and a half miles in and then backtracking about a mile for the second night at campsite 2S2. Both had easy-to-access water sources but campsite 2S3 had a particularly impressive view of the plateau/river and I'd definitely recommend staying there. The hike to the farther campsite took a little more than two hours.

The trail is fairly flat (save for the first 1/3 mile, but it's nothing crazy) and well maintained. We saw wildflowers, buffalo, deer and several different types of birds (and some horse and buggy travelers). I thought this was a popular trail but we hardly saw anyone during our three days on Slough Creek. Despite the extreme midday heat in early July and the mosquitoes/flies (plan accordingly and bring DEET), I would definitely recommend this trail for backpackers of all levels.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

This was a really nice short trail, offering a relatively still mountain lake that can serve as a reflecting pool, wind permitting. The first section is kind of steep, but still easily doable with kids. The best part of the hike may be the drive to it, through the Lamar valley, which was the single most incredible thing I saw in Yellowstone. Featuring snow capped peaks in the background, there were hundreds of Bison grazing there. It's something I'll never forget. There were clearly lots of fish in the lake, but the fly fishermen there seemed to be having a terrible time of it. Looks like it gets a fair amount of pressure.

Hiked 1st week of June, 2017, entirely clear of snow

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful and well maintained! A little challenging at first but definitely worth it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

One of my favorites.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hiked this early in the morning with my 3 kids. Short but beautiful hike. Nice forested walk up to the lake. We heard there may be otters here, but no such luck. Definitely recommend this trail.

backpacking
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Great hike for viewing wildlife! Encountered bears on the hike in and on the hike out.

We did Warm Creek to Pebble Creek Camp ground 9/9/16. We had a group of 7. The scenery was excellent. We did not see any animals, but we were clapping and making noise for bear safety. The creek crossings were easy. There was always a way to cross so you could avoid wet feet if you are agile. One person in our group did not feel like doing a 12 mile hike so he drove around checking out the park and picked us up at the Pebble Creek campground. The hike took 6 hours. We stopped for about a 15 min lunch and several time to take pictures. The trail was not crowded like other parts of the park we only saw 4 other people on the 12 mile trail. If you cant do the shuttle thing I would park at Warm Creek and hike up to that first meadow and then hike through the meadow to the first creek crossing this was the best scenery. The trail is very clearly marked and maintained we never had confusion about where to go. I highly recommend this hike.

backpacking
Sunday, August 28, 2016

A gorgeous trail! I highly recommend camping out here because the two campsites we stayed at are some of the most beautiful places in the park. This is a wildlife heavy section of the park so be aware. We saw everything from a skunk to a grizzly bear!

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A good short hike to see wildlife or fish the lake. Old growth forest and an open meadow.

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