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Easy hike for family. Was able to see a Mule deer bedded down and even had a Fox run past us on the trail which made the kids love it.

We got to the trailhead around sunrise, which I recommend, as we were the first ones to summit but passed many people on the way down. With a good push this hike is very rewarding and worth the effort. We saw mule deer and Pika at the top.

1 month ago

Hiked this trail yesterday Feb 3 on snowshoes and it was a great time. Many trees block the wind and very peaceful.

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

Went in mid October and didn't see a single person on the trail. Lots of bison on the trail which led to several detours around them.

Short lung-busting hike. The trees feel endless, but then they end quite suddenly and the views are amazing on the final approach. Push over to the rounded summit, that’s where the park boundary is.

5 months ago

This hike was so much fun. The views were breathtaking. The trial winded in and out of the woods making for an adventure I’ll never forget.

Enjoyed the geysers, nice easy walk

Stunning views on top of the whole Yellowstone park and you can even see the Tetons. Short by many standards but hard and steep. A great summit for a first timer? But be mindful of bears!!

6 months ago

Beautiful trail and well worth the effort!!!!

6 months ago

My group of four waves goodbye to our NOLS instructors, just a few moments after we complete breakfast. They're heading off on an ambitious route, aiming to scree up some of the peaks surrounding Edelman Pass before meeting us at our predetermined camping spot. I sit down on my bag, a tennis ball in hand, and study the topographic map laid out on the forest floor.

Our route for the day was a moderate climb from Coffeen Park Trailhead to Edelman Pass. We had been resupplied with food the day before, swelling our packs to a touch over fifty pounds. We're entering the last week of our monthlong course, and we are all ecstatic to be hiking on our own. Our instructors, who stayed by our side for the first three weeks, graciously allow us independence for the day.

We throw our packs on, exaggerating our groaning due to the weight, and make our way past the trailhead. The trail begins as an established 4x4, a welcome sight that shields us from the perils of off-trail travel. The forested scenery passes by quickly as we engage in conversation about our lives and what we would do when we finally returned home. We are carefree. The seriousness of the group returns as we come up to the first river crossing. It's roughly a dozen feet wide and slightly below our shins, swelling from the above-average Wyoming snowmelt.

Lucas and I scout downstream (after a confluence, oddly enough) for a better place to cross. Grant and Sara remain upstream, grabbing a quick snack and testing the current of the waters. Lucas and I find marginally safer options to cross, but we ultimately decide to ford the river where we first saw it, for we don't want to risk losing the trail. Grant and I cross safely, albeit eventfully, as Lucas and Sara follow suit. Our boots are wet and socks drenched, just as they are usually. It was a rather wet summer in Wyoming.

We begin the ascent about one, one and a half miles in to our hike. We ascend on an established trail through both forested and rocky terrain before deciding to break for a snack. Wary about our location, I pull out the topographic map to see where we are. Grant scales a minor boulder to get a viewpoint. 15 minutes pass before we accurately pinpoint our location. We conclude that, if we were correct in our location, we would soon enter a grassland.

Shortly thereafter, we were met by a swarm of mosquitoes, a product of the marshy grassland we had entered into. We hiked at a brisk pace until the mosquitoes subsided. We are met by an open alpine meadow, with Edelman Creek trickling softly through the landscape, and we peer at Edelman Pass in the distance. We cross a bridge over the creek- peculiar, we thought, this creek would have been the easiest crossing yet- and take our final break. Sara closes her eyes and leans back on her pack. Lucas disappears in the woods, complaining about the Giardia he had contracted a week earlier.

Grant and I sip our water and throw some rocks into the stream. We engage in a hilarious conversation, the contents of which I'd rather not share, and continue to rest for fifteen minutes. Sara is woken up and we put our packs on, eager to hike the remaining mile to the top of Edelman Pass. The trail up is no more than a footpath cut through the grass, but it's thankfully easy to follow.

Grant and I drop our packs at the top of Edelman Pass. Sara and Lucas head to camp to rest. I greet our instructors, who had managed to arrive before us, and chat briefly with the other hiking group. Expending the last of my energy, I run with grant up to a point where we can see Emerald Lake. I take a few pictures before heading off to camp, eager to hike down into Medicine Lodge Valley the following day.

The thorofare is one of a kind. The beginning is a mix of burn and alpine forest. This trail isn't necessarily hard, if you pace yourself. It's the distance that can be tough. Know your limits.

We went from the 9 mile trail head to 5E8 campsite in a few hours. Shortly afterwards one member of our four man party came down ill and was sick all night into the morning. So, we turned around and hiked out.

Our original intention was to do the thorofare and south boundary trail but a sick member just couldn't. We will return soon.

Overall, beautiful trail and nature. Highly recommended.

Beware the bears in the thorofare.

7 months ago

Best hike in Yellowstone, beautiful view, no crowds.

This was likely our least favorite hike from our Tetons trip. The length doesn't bother me if there is pay off, but unfortunately it just wasn't there. The first 2-3 miles of the hike around the ponds and lakes on the peninsula are nice (we saw deer, beavers, falcons, storks), but after that it's mile after mile of wooded hiking with not many views of the Tetons or the water. The "point" didn't have too many places to settle in and enjoy, and with all the motor boats speeding around it didn't seem all that serene or earned. This trial also had hoards of mosquitoes as compared to the rest of the park (in late July, early morning).

7 months ago

Beautiful hike to do in the summertime, the flowers were in full bloom! We did this loop over two days and one-night camping in the backcountry. It was strenuous, especially over two days, so pack well and be prepared. If I was to do the hike again I would take an extra two days for the whole loop. You also get to see the Grand Tetons and the familiar landscape from behind - a view that most visitors to the park don't get to see, so it's definitely rewarding! There is also plenty of water along the trail, so just remember to bring a water filter or chlorine tablets and you're good to go. Do it!

An amazing hike with great views of the mountains and lake. Ran into many hikers who seemed ill prepared to tackle this trail. It is very steep, with mud and loose gravel. Highly recommend poles, some snow fields left but easily traversable without traction.

i hiked the thorofare *not south boundary* trail as the yellowstone and snake rivers were completely uncrossable as of 7/2, due to all the snow most of the northwest received this past winter! so i will only be commenting on an out and back portion of this trail extending from nine mile trailhead to the thorofare ranger station and back again. the thorofare had a number of fords, and there were two fords that were extremely challenging and potentially dangerous due to the timing of my visit (very early) and snow accumulation this past winter - i would not recommend these in the near future for those without trekking poles and fording experience. the first of the two most challenging fords was beaverdam creek, about 17 miles in, just after campsite 5E1, which was my first night stay. I was happy to do this fresh and first thing in the morning, as i scoured the creek in about 100yds both upstream and downstream to find the best place to cross (i'm only 5"4' so this activity encompasses most of my fords haha) think 3 to 3.5 feet, with RAPIDLY, RAPIDLY moving water. the best place i found to cross beaverdam was about 100yds upstream, because the flow of the water was broken up by some land, making the very strong and deep current the smallest fraction in total of the actual ford. the second very challenging ford just before my second campsite, 6D2, mountain creek (maybe ~25 miles in? could be wrong, check with a map). this body of water - same story as the first - equally deep and equally swift currents. the best place to ford was quite a bit upstream - if you look on a map the ford would put you crossing the creek between campsites 6D2 and 6D3 (stock only), and you follow a deer path back downstream (75 or 80 yds) past 6D2 to find the trailhead again on the other side of the creek.

When picking up my backcountry camping passes i visited the canyon backcountry office to make permit accommodations. they were the most thorough and knowledgeable regarding trail, campsite, and river conditions, in my experience). my campsites were as follows:
5E1 - I covered 17 miles on my first day to be fresh for the challenging beaverdam ford on day two. this campsite was completely fine. i arrived here in the early evening, tired enough to fend off some mosquitos while i made dinner, hung my bear bag, and set up camp. you are right closed to the edge of a cliff that you descend to ford the creek, and finding a decent place to set up my 1 person tent was not the most straightforward, but i found a nook in the end. no real spectacular views or experiences to share here, BRING BUG SPRAY. My 30% DEET didn't put a dent in the constant companions i had on this trip!
my second night campsite i chose to stay on the other side of mountain creek, 6D2, as i would only have to travel 8 or 9 miles, set up camp, and complete the rest of the thorofare trail to the ranger station and return to 6D2 that evening with a daypack on me for next 13 miles. this was a nice campsite as mountain creek is right next to you for water stock ups. the following morning i was awoken (sore as all get out, for day two encompassed just over 20 miles 'strolling through the woods') by a couple of deer VERY surprised to see me stumbling/hobbling out of my tent a mere 15 feet from them! and again, the added benefit of this campsite was that the start of my day was challenging, and i was able to get the mountain creek ford out of the way first thing.
my last night on the thorofare was spent lakeside at 5E3 - my favorite site of the trek! i was able to trek a lighter ~12.5 miles and end the day by taking a dip in the lake between dinner and bedtime. let me tell you - it was heavenly relief to the quite stinky and sore individual that i was by this point on the trail. never underestimate the power of an evening duke dip, its a cure-all!
day 4 was just over 13 miles, back to my car at nine mile trailhead where i saw my car and almost started crying as i had been particularly hobble-y with some very sore feet for the last 3 miles of that day.

take aways from the trail: 8-10 miles a day is much more sustainable than 17-20. go with friends to lessen the pack load. BRING BUG SPRAY. LOTS OF IT! A mesh bug head net is a great addition to your pack! iodine tablets suffice for water purification as there is no cryptosporidium in the water along the thorofare. that, a filter or boiling will keep you safe from giardia. be ready for changes in weather at the drop of a hat, meaning bring clothes to cover cloudless, sunny skies to rain and thunderstorms, temperatures ranging from high 40s to low/mid 80s on my trip.

views: the thorofare trail is beautiful. forests, forests of recently burnt trees, to meadows filled with wildflowers and beautiful color and mountain views along yellowstone lake and river. the meadow trails get a bit narrow and were mucky from rain. the more wooded trails are wide, drier, and enjoyable.

wildlife: just before beginning the trek the firs

8 months ago

Great hike with great views. Hike starts out very steep so go at your own pace. Pretty muddy and soggy for about first 30 minutes due to snowmelt, so recommend boots. Little bit of snow but very passable and easy to walk on without traction or poles.

We left one car at Mammoth visitors center and drove the other to the trailhead. This was a great trail with amazing views. It dips down by the Uline Falls close to the top and then you essentially walk downhill all the way to the Gardener river where you cross on an extension bridge. This is where most would turn back but if you are going one way only, note that you need to walk around the construction area and through the Mammoth Campground.

9 months ago

fairly level easy hike you can bring dogs in the summer time just not when the ski trails are open

9 months ago

Great hike for near town. Would be excellent for prep to multiple day hike trips. Scenery nice, you will encounter people.

9 months ago

Did the entire loop with lunch at the point. Saw only a few hikers on the trail today. Trail offers some wide area's were horses share the trail. ( only saw them on the way back). Grizzly with two cubs were reported the day before in the first section but we saw nothing the entire hike. The trail has several ways to hike it and offers some great views of the Tetons.

For the most part the trail I would have rated as easy. It is wide and somewhat flat with an easy grade elevation. It does get moderate in some area's and the trail becomes narrow.

Wild flowers are just starting to pop and there are some great area's to get some color in. Some of the trails has area's under restoration. Trail had been cleared recently by the park service. All in all I will add this to my favorite list.

9 months ago

We walked the Hermitage Point Trail early June starting on the western side via Herron Pond, Hermitage Point then back east to Swan Lake and Colter Bay. Took about 4.5 hours including lunch at a slow pace. Highlights were Herron Pond with beaver? dam, water lillies, eagle, geese, ducks, herron, a woodpecker and the views at Hermitage Point. The 2.2 mile section between Herron Pond to Hermitage Point was pretty dull through pine forest but the eastern side from Hermitage Point to Swan Lake was a bit more varied with ups and downs and glimpses of creeks, meadows, and mountains. Sadly the track diverted away from Swan Lake fairly quickly back into pine with glimpses through to the lake - just enough to hint at all the amazing birds and beavers you're missing.

It is about a 8-10 mile loop that allows for amazing mountain views and lots of animal sightings. Saw lots of bear tracks and scat. Saw a moose and definitely scared something else up.

9 months ago

I can't seem to find the actual trail I took. From beginning, summit, to end my hike was 20 miles. Absolutely gorgeous. Grizzly evidence everywhere, you never know if your life will be over in the next quarter mile or so. Bring ice shoes for the summit if there's still snow.

great lake & mtn views with slight elevation changes..long hike & a bit mundane at times..well worth the blister!!

Going to the right when you start the trail is incredible. If I did it over I wouldn't do the loop, I would go back the same way I came in, once I got to the point. The views are much better.

11 months ago

This was our first Yellowstone hike and it was very enjoyable. A lot of changes in your surroundings as you go. We saw coyotes, pronghorn, mostly bison (some lone bulls near the trail), birds of prey above, and a black bear w/ cub at the end. A lot of bones seen along the way and found some great sheds (left them where they were). It's a long hike, but not boring at all. Bring water!

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Love this trail. Not too hard.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

we love this trail. it's a short distance from town and we are always finding something new.

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