Explore the most popular hiking 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.

One of my all time favorite hikes! Make sure to plan accordingly for river crossings, you’ll want to be able to take of long layers/have shorts for wading. Water shoes are a must! Scout hole provides a perfect resting place before venturing back out.

5 days ago

Great short hike with many steps and a fantastic photo opt

Fun loop trail to see old faithful and connect to see other Geysers.

Trail closed :(

Gorgeous waterfall. Very short walk. Very very very crowded.

hiking
15 days ago

Have done this like multiple times including hiking through from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. to the pelican Valley Trail head, out and back from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. and like today out and back from Pelican Valley Trail head. This is the best shape the trail has been in many years except for some rough spots likely as result of bison using the trail when it is muddy. Normally you cannot do this hike without seeing a lot of bison at least. Today we saw elk including two large bowl elk with large racks and also a black wolf across turbid lake.

Amazing, as is all of Yellowstone.

lots of steps

Cold morning created a beautiful steam-filled, icy wonderland. Very easy walk but worth staying a few minutes at each thermal feature to listen and observe. Have to say Vixen was my favorite - nice small geyser, spurting away and then just stopped, starting up again in a minute or so. Amazing.

18 days ago

Trail Closed. 9/30

My husband and I hiked this Trail on September 15th, 2018 on our way in the north east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It was beautiful, picturesque hike that was nice to loosen up our hiking legs up for more difficult hikes. There was a nice variety to the surroundings. Some thicker forest area while hiking up a hill then it opened up to a beautiful lake with valleys surrounding it. There were ducks in the lake and a few fishermen fishing.  It was a very peaceful hike.

Hiked trail mid sept’18. Easily accessible from west thumb parking area and across main park road. Offers nice view of Yellowstone lake from high point. Proceeded with caution due to bear warning signs and scat and was relieved to be joined by another hiking couple for what was a pleasant 90 min 2 mile hike through meadow and light forest with mild hills. Lots of room up top for a snack and pictures.

Trail closed for bear activity. 9/26/18

Great trail with great views the whole way! Was surprised by a grizzly on the trail about 15 yrds from us as we turned a corner about halfway from the inspiration point trailhead. Ended up driving to inspirational point.

fantastic wild country, while we did not see too many large mammals we did have 2 bison encounters and see some very large, very fresh grizzly bear and wolf tracks. I will go again.

A nice short walk.

road closed middle end of September

hiking
25 days ago

Starts with a pleasant walk through a forest by the canyon, with a couple of nice lookout points. The trail really starts to shine 2-3 miles in once you start your descent into the canyon. Great views, lots of waterfalls and hot springs. You eventually make your way down to the river itself, before a tough hike back up to where you came from. We had a close encounter with a black bear on the way back quite close to the trailhead, so be prepared!

Great easy walk on the boardwalk to see the geysers from different vantage points

walking
26 days ago

Gorgeous view with a minimal walk and some stairs. Absolutely worth it!

Very pretty and worth the steep climb back up. It’s switchback trail that depends 600 feet.

Trail was closed today . Most easy trails along south rim were closed accept artist point

Gorgeous view but a steep grade. Definitely worth it but gets a bit narrow in some spots. Wouldn’t recommend as a solo hike.

backpacking
30 days ago

I did this route in reverse as a 3 night, 4 day backpack. Parked at Mist Creek trailhead and then hitchhiked to the Lamar Valley. This was an easy enough backpack to do in reverse, even though it is an elevation gain the whole way. Due to late start, first day was 5.6 miles, relatively flat. Campsite 3L4 was lovely. The second day out was the most difficult day, with a lot of steep up and downs that neither the map or Schneider book shows. The view along the Lamar River is beautiful. Stayed in campsite 3U3, which was not that nice. No view and hidden in the trees. Day 3 looked like a lot of climbing, but frankly, it wasn’t that bad. Slope was gentle most of the way, and the last couple of miles to the most wonderful campsite 3T3 were flat. The map shows mileage from 3T3 to be only 9.7 miles, but my GPS read 11.4 miles. That is what it felt like too. The hike up the pass was not too bad, about 1 1/2 miles up. I saw a bear, and it saw me too, so ran off. Mist Creek Valley is long and hot, but very beautiful. I think doing this hike in reverse was good, the uphill not so bad. Plus that 11.4 miles to campsite 3T3 with a heavy pack would be long. As a previous poster mentioned, there are some muddy spots along the trail created by horse traffic, but were for the most part easy to navigate. All in all, this was an extremely beautiful,lovely hike. The burned areas add to the beauty, rather than detract from it. Colors are very vivid.

Is quite crowded for most of it but the views are excellent.

Trail is not maintained in places. Started from the Canyon side. The first few miles the trail is wet and marshy. Several springs to jump over. The trail is not always well defined for first 5 miles. During the first 3 do the best you can and look for orange trail markers. The bison trails merge and go off from the trail making it difficult to figure out which is which. Once you hit trees markers are on the trees. There isn't always an actual trail between markers so be on the lookout for them. The trail is better defined and marked once you really get into trees. I went to the lake and back and mileage was just over 21. Lots of bison on and near trail. Bears frequent this area

My wife and I did the loop yesterday. I used a website I found that shows the last time Old Faithful and the Grand erupted and an estimate for next eruption. We watched Old Faithful erupt twice; once from right beside it and once from the observation trail. The observation trail is much better vantage point. after that, we began walking the trail. I knew Grand was supposed to erupt sometime between 1 pm and 3 pm with my best estimate at 2 pm. We were approaching the Grand at 155 pm and it started to erupt!!!! I was like a little kid, partially because I lucked out on my estimate to be there and partially because the eruption was utterly amazing...much better than Old Faithful and longer. The crowd was amazed as well. The loop is a nice relaxing walk that just about anyone can do.

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