Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Great trail, took me about 45 minutes to surf, so it’s not too long, but I would still recommend it to any level of hiker!

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.

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.

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.

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!!!

13 days ago

Started hike at 8:30am this morning and experienced a warzone of mosquitoes and flies during the first mile. Wearing 40% DEET had minimal effect. Coming back down the bugs were mostly gone so I suggest a later start during this time of year. Took 1.5 hrs to summit and another 1.25 hrs back down. Trail was clearly marked and where it wasn't there were rock cairns. Some snow remaining closer to the top but easy to figure out which way to go. Didn't see many other hikers other than two groups on my way back down. Toughest part it the first mile and gets a bit easier. Summit views with friendly pikas are well worth the effort.

This ones my fav of all in YNP. My daughter & I hiked AP last week and had an awesome time.

Great hike with a tough uphill climb but worth the extra effort at every vista this beauty presents. I encountered some snow and a strong breeze as the altitude increased so bring a second layer if you start this hike in a t-shirt. Great views from the peak of surrounding mountains and lake. A little steep on the initial decent so take your time and be ready for a slip on the loose rocks but nothing perilous in store for future hikers. Great overall hike that should not be missed.

on Avalanche Peak Trail

21 days ago

will make you want to become a forest person

23 days ago

Great trail, but definitely not a short hike. Takes a little over 3 hours to finish the trail, but another 45 minutes (2 Miles) to get back to the main road by Roosevelt Lodge. Be careful and carry bear spray as I came across a grizzly bear as well as a black bear during this hike.

We started at trailhead near Undine falls. Hiked to get a closer view of falls about 1/2 mile

I couldn’t rate this one because we didn’t finish, here’s why. We are hikers that have exclusively hiked in the Sierras in summer, on mostly marked trails with very little snow. We are all about getting great views and getting as high in elevation as possible. We are also prepared to get lost however, we stick to the trails and use GPS. There was just too much snow and we lost the trail so we turned back at about 1.0 mile up. It was about 2 miles per hour according to our calculations and would likely be a 4 hour RT. We met 3 hikers with sleds as we were on our way down who said “the top is up there so we don’t need a trail!” Looking back, we could’ve made it but this was our first off trail hike in grizzly country and we were chickens! Hope this helps... go for it

1 month ago

Short hike, great view of geysers

Fabulous hike. Wildlife was plentiful & beautiful creeks..

It takes effort and determination. But is certainly worth it. Do not try if you haven’t trained. But if you are in moderate condition take your time and go for it. Amazing

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.

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.

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!!

10 months ago

Beautiful trail and well worth the effort!!!!

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.

11 months ago

Best hike in Yellowstone, beautiful view, no crowds.

Monday, July 10, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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!

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