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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!

on Slough Creek Trail

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4 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.

backpacking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Beautiful Trail ! Camped at 3p3 campground.

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.

Monday, May 29, 2017

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

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!

Monday, June 06, 2016

A very good tail for wildlife. We saw bisons, deer and a fox in the trail.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Awesome trail to end Yellowstone on. Much less crowded than most of the trails on the West side. Most of the trail is through sagebrush fields which allow you to see the valley around you and the mountains in the distance. I went in end of June and mosquitoes were negligible. Coming face to face with a couple bison on the trail and a juvenile grizzly slowed the progress, but were (obviously) worth it.

Monday, August 05, 2013

This was our first day in the park. A bit of an uphill at first, but levels out at the meadow. Beautiful scenery, some not new bear sign, a few buffalo. Don't drink from the river, found a deer carcass trapped under water.

This trail was wonderful and beautiful day hike. We planned 2 cars for a one way hike, starting at the trail head at the Warm Creek Picnic area close to the northeast park entrance and picking up at the pebble creek campground. The first mile or so is very steep uphill and the remainder is an easy downhill or meadow path. Good hiking boots with waterproofing worked wonders on the many creek crossings. Bear spray and being aware of your surroundings is a must, at the time I went on this trail they recommended at least 3 people and preferred groups of 5 for safety. If you are like me and tend to stop and take a lot of pictures make sure to bring lots of water and snacks to keep you going till the end!

hiking
Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dont forget to pack your water shoes! There are stream crossings along the Pebble Creek Trail. The most scenic part is the upper meadows and after a good ascent, the closest access to this area is from the Warm Creek trailhead. However, where should your turn around point be? Provided that you have a vehicle parked at the other trailhead, the entire length is enjoyable. Additionally, most of the hikes I've done in Yellowstone were with only one other person. On the day I hiked Pebble Creek, I had the benefit of feeling quite safe in a group with several companions especially when a section of the trail cut though a dense stand of willows. In areas of low visibility, announce your presence to any bears that may be near by making some extra noise.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2011

Love Slough Creek trail. Uphill on wagon road initially, but the rest is an amble through open meadows with Slough Creek winding along the middle. Beautiful with the mountains (Beartooth?) as backdrop. A few fishermen/women, but otherwise lightly traveled. A favorite during my summer in Yellowstone.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

Slough Creek is used a lot by Fly fisherman up to the ox bow in the creek. It is an old wagon road that goes all the way to a land bound ranch just north of the park. Once you get past where the fly fisherman stop it opens to a beautiful meadow, continue and you will come to a second meadow. Take your camera and take your bear spray. Yellowstone workers like going into the backcountry camping on this trail. Great Views, a must do in Yellowstone.

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