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

I did trail in July 2017. Interesting views and unique perspective of the falls. Stairs, stairs and more stairs.

This hike is lonnnnng but well worth it. Our group decided to do it all in one day and besides the last couple of miles it wasn't too bad. The hike is mostly flat except maybe the last mile or so. I had never hiked more than 8 miles before and I survived :). Bring some exceptional bug spray though, we were eaten alive. The scenery is beautiful and the view of the falls is stunning.

Hidden gym! One of my favorites in Yellowstone! Easy trail and
Beautiful!

It was a strenuous hike to the top of the hill, but all steps worth. We saw wunderful flowers and many butterflys on the path. Ponghorns and Bisons. Nice petrified trees on the top of the hill.

Beautiful hike! Longer than what it says here. Can't get far without a Bug spray though, the mosquitoes will suck you dry!

This is a challenging trail due to the descent to the Yellowstone River 1500 feet! You have to go up it too! The surface on those switchbacks is loose and adds to the fun. The plateau and views of the Yellowstone are very cool as is the remote nature of this trail. We saw bison, pronghorn, plenty of bear sign, and otters!

hiking
4 days ago

Did this with our 5 and 10 yo, along with their 70+ grandmother. Great trail from a former road. If you miss the eruption, there is plenty to do and explore until the next.

We got there about 5 minutes after it finished and spent the intervening 2:30 exploring the river, unmarked hot springs, and having lunch. The greatest benefit was the opportunity to watch the geyser’s entire eruption sequence.

Afterwards we visited Old Faithful, and the kids were less than impressed after watching Lone Star.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this with our 5 and 10 yo, along with their 70+ grandmother. Great trail from a former road. If you miss the eruption, there is plenty to do and explore until the next.

We got there about 5 minutes after it finished and spent the intervening 2:30 exploring the river, unmarked hot springs, and having lunch. The greatest benefit was the opportunity to watch the geyser’s entire eruption sequence.

Afterwards we visited Old Faithful, and the kids were less than impressed after watching Lone Star.

Great short, all around hike that includes so much of Yellowstone scenery. Only down side was construction on the trail so had to change course a bit and hike on road to pick up the trail again. Otherwise super hike for all abilities.

Great all around hike but definitely plan for a longer hike. Lots of wild life and bring bear spray. Beautiful views of the Yellowstone River.

Closures really put a damper on our hike but we were still able to see all 3 falls from afar! Gorgeous views the whole hike.

Almost gave the trail 4 stars due to all the closures that interrupted our hike because there were no signs warning us of them til we got to the closure— but the views were so breathtaking it’s still worth 5 stars to me. This trail was the highlight of my entire Yellowstone trip, 10/10 would do again.

nice drive and not busy.. the cone geyser was a first!

started before 9 so had trail to ourselves most of the time (so nice given how busy it can get at midway!).. easy walk to falls and 2 geysers.. go up the hill for great view of imperial geyser..

we did the loop and walked through meadow back to the fountain trail - saw 3 bison and just kept following the orange square guides - felt very isolated in wide open meadows and geysers so was great although started getting pretty hot.. walk back on fountain flats path to midway parking lot was uneventful.. stopped for lunch at firehole river...

5 days ago

We hiked Bunsen Peak Pass then descended down the back of the mountain, took the Osprey Falls trail down to the falls and then there ok the Osprey Trail back to the trailhead. Saw mule deer, marmots, and had a brief mouse encounter. It was 10.5 miles total. Very fun and made for a fantastic leg and cardio day. Osprey Falls trail alone would be pretty challenging the last 1.4 miles. Don’t pull up short though. The falls are well worth the effort. Would definitely do it again.

Kent

Way more than the posted 5 miles
Not a great trail

quick offshoot from the road to stretch the legs and marvel how a redwood is in the park!

get there before 9 as parking lot turns into a tourist mess.. easy walk to the point but come back via clear lake - turns into a 10km walk near mud pots, beautiful lake view and views into Hayden Valley with the bison...

I merged this trail with point sublime, and view into Hayden Valley and doubled back instead of doing the loop to get full experience - nice walk and suprisingly quiet given the number of people at artist point.

Great views from top and enjoyed going down via the back way to add distance and away from people.. saw marmot, elk...

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

Cut this one short despite cool temperatures due to the mosquitoes. Very isolated and pretty views of the lake. Might do it again with bug spray but pretty intolerable once you start getting close to the lake.

Great hike! Strenuous at the start but take your time because it's worth it! You hit a clearing (picturesque stream here!) about 45 minutes in where you can catch your breath. Then more elevation hiking and it gets rockier as you ascend so watch your step. In July 2018 there were some snow patches on the way to, and on, the mountain. It wasn't too cold at the top but WINDY so definitely bring a second layer for your torso and a hat. There was a cute little fat chipmunk at the peak :) Seek refuge from the wind in the rock bunkers! Enjoy.

Great hike! You can see at least 10 petrified trees (trunks upright, laying down) crystallized over 150 million years ago. The ascent is steep but loaded with wildflowers and spectacular views of Yellowstone. Saw elk, antelope, deer and bison.

Did this hike as a kid 26 years ago. And just completed it again yesterday. It is still the hardest hike I have ever done in one day, 17 miles up and down. Went at a good clip, 3 miles per hour up and down average, total hike time was right at 6 hours, not counting the break at the top to enjoy the scenery. Saw grizzly bear mom and cubs as we pulled into Indian Creek Campground, but no wildlife except ground squirrels and chipmunks on the actual trail all day.

The hike is strenuous, has two stream crossings on the Indian Creek side, and it is mostly exposed the whole way. I do not think any people have been up this season except us. Trail was overgrown, hard to keep up and spot many times, and we pretty much just followed elk and moose prints most of the way. Coyote paws were imprinted at one point, too.

At the top, we had to scale a snow pack, now practically an ice sheet, for about 50 yards to reach the pass marker. It made for an absolutely fun time sliding back down it on the return.

Views are gorgeous, lots of wildflowers along the way, and you cool off in the streams on the way back. It made for a wonderful day, but yes, you'll be sore. The terrain is rough nearly the entire way. And soooooo many bugs, Deet kept away the mosquitoes, but the flies are tenaciously persistent.

hiking
8 days ago

Easy descent down to the falls or down the short trail off to the right to get down near the river. Beautiful views of both the falls and the river. Tends to be a little crowded throughout the day but overall incredible up close sights to see

Lots of downed trees to climb over making the trail rough to do! Lots of bear scat. Saw 3 deer and some marmots, but no other animals.

Only did a partial hike (about 12 miles to the west side of Shoshone Lake). It was absolutely beautiful and I would definitely do it again. The only downsides would be a few water crossings and the mosquitoes were voracious.

Did this today!! 2.4 in and out. Would recommend doing the hike in from the parking lot rather than Howard Eaton trail. The biting flies on Howard Eaton were TERRIBLE!!! This way they weren’t awful.

Lone Star erupted right at 3:30pm. It was totally worth sitting and waiting for an hour and a half. Amazing geyser!!!

We did this hike Saturday, July 7th. We started the hike late....around noon time. We did not experience the bugs that have been mentioned. Neither me nor my husband had to wear bug spray which was awesome!!!

It took us two hours to get to the top. All trails says 2.0 miles but I mapped it while hiking and it mapped it at 2.67 miles. We did stop for a 15 minute snack break :). Only took us an hour to get down.

Totally worth the hike!! Amazing views at the top. It is super windy at the top but plenty of places to sit and relax before you head back down. ENJOY your hike!!!

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