hiking
bugs
flooded
muddy
snow
1 day ago

This is a gorgeous hike! I went on June 29th and it still had quite a bit of melting snow in the swampy parts. Make sure you pack water shoes because you do have to cross about 50 yards of knee to waist deep water. There were only two major crossings, but you should have water-proof hiking shoes because there is a lot of water and mud on this trail. The bugs got pretty bad when we took the detour off to the "hot springs." It was a nice swimming hole, but not very warm. The waterfall was absolutely breathtaking and rewarding at the end of the trail! It's a must see! It is a bear frequented area, so bring best spray and make lots of noise. We brought a. 45 handgun, but remember you are not allowed to shoot animals here, even in self-defense. I still think our lives are more valuable than a bears though so better safe than sorry. Noise to ward them away first, bear spray of they're aggressive second, and as an absolute last resort we had a handgun ready. But, it was never necessary. Being lots of water and pack a lunch for this beautiful all day hike. (we tracked our hike and had it around 21 miles there and back, so the length is off from the description)

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Very nice hike through the nortwest region of Yellowstone. We stopped by Cache lake on the way and camped the night just past the river. Water was cold and knee deep in late July so plan accordingly, then hiked the peak early morning and back the next day.

Did this hike in late July. Long but the falls and hot springs are worth it. Bugs were bad that time of year, so anticipate that.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
6 days ago

What an awesome trail! Completed this with a group of friends back in August 2019. Definitely took a good chuck of the day given our breaks and the weather near the summit, but it was completely worth it. Started our hike around 5 am near Mammoth Hot Springs and was met with some overgrowth hanging on the trail. The dew got our legs pretty wet in the beginning so it would be great to wear gaiters or have an extra pair of socks on deck. The scrambling section near the top had some loose rocks and seemed a little sketch at some points, but was a fun challenge. A great trail to do while you’re in the park for a few days!

Last hiked June 2018. Awesome hike, fairly easy. We did get a huge windstorm on our way back that had us terrified with several of the old, burned pine trees falling all around us.

I hiked this trail in August 2018 with two friends and to date its still my most memorable experience hiking! I absolutely Love this trail! It's definitely not easy to cross the river when it's completely swollen and flowing so quickly as it was for us. Pictures we saw of the trail showed the river at ankle deep on kids but when we cross it was nearly chest deep. Make sure you bring trekking poles for stability when crossing as there could be alot of runoff from the surrounding areas. Some sections are pretty tight with alot of brush and others wide open on slick rock. This trail is shockingly beautiful and you won't regret a moment of it especially when you make it to the falls!!

hiking
rocky
washed out
3 months ago

Did it in mid August 2018, started from Mammoth Hot Springs through Glen Creek. The terrain while climbling on the peak was a bit washed out and dangerous, especially on the descent. Quite difficult hike, but totally worth it.

snowshoeing
snow
5 months ago

Great place to snowshoe and get lost in the magic and solitude of the Park during winter! Went 11/30 and got a late start, about 2:15pm, so only did a small portion of the trail, out and back.

hiking
muddy
snow
6 months ago

A super easy scenic trail. Started late but no issues. Spotted a coyote and if course, bison.

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

Another amazing hike in the snow (and mud) as the temperatures increased. Hiked out to junction with Yellowstone Trail and had spectacular view of the river and Mt. Washburn. Wildlife spotted included bison, bald eagle and a snowy owl. Lots of elk tracks.

Amazing hike today! Highlight of trip was a badger near the junction to Specimen Ridge Trail. Sat and watched her for 15 minutes. Also spotted Bald Eagles, elk and grizzly in the distant. Very snowy and muddy but warmed up to 34 so very comfortable besides wet feet.

hiking
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

ok trail. Some very shifty ground at some points. Good views at the very top areas. Worth it but I won't do it again.

hiking
7 months ago

Did just a portion of the trail in out and back fashion for about 1.5 hours and enjoyed it very much. Started at the trail head around the middle of Lamar Valley. Great feeling being in this open space, Lots of bison in the distance. Saw bear footprints by the river but no bear encounter.

Great scenery

hiking
off trail
8 months ago

The path from slough to soldiers is non existent. Have to make your own trail in some kinda sketchy areas. Have to cross the river twice ( thigh high water)

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

Did most of this trail yesterday, felt exposed on the open plan, saw a number of bison in the distance and one lone one seemed to follow us out along the stock route where we started. Saw lots of evidence, paw

hiking
8 months ago

Great views even though we didnt make it to the summit due to an incoming thunderstorm. Very demanding however.

Did a 21 mile out and back day hike on this trail. I hiked far enough north to reach the park boundary. before turning around. Stunning scenery for a mid-September jaunt. Why not 5 stars? The horse manure from copious amount of equine activity created several wallows of muck that I had to tread around. Erosion/ruts from horse wagons are also evident. However, not enough of an issue to deter this hike, just be aware.

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