YELLOWSTONE HIKES

Yellowstone National Park is perhaps the most famous National Park in the world, and a great destination for hikers. Blessed with incredible natural wonders, the park is explorable on foot and ideal for all ages and levels of hikers – families, intermediates and those with extensive years of experience. Paired with a trip to Grand Teton National Park you can get some exceptionally beautiful and difficult hikes.

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THE TOP 10 HIKING TRAILS IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK

Yellowstone is blessed with moderate-difficulty hikes that offer views and exploration of natural wonders. Here is our list of the 10 Best Hikes in Yellowstone:

#1. Avalanche Peak (8.1km, 700m): The trail up to Avalanche Peak is one of the highlights of walking in Yellowstone. The hike up is steep, but it all becomes worth it at the top, where plentiful mountain views and gorgeous alpine valleys fill the horizon.

#2. Sky Rim (31.2km, 1,585m): Sky Rim Trail is the classic full-day hike in Yellowstone, and a must for fit hikers. This long trail will tire you out, however the views along the route are second to none.

#3. South Rim & Uncle Tom’s Trail (4.5km, 200m): The South Rim is our favorite way to view the incredible Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, providing a variety of stunning views back to the falls. Descending on Uncle Tom’s Trail is a spectacular trip down near the Lower Falls. You simply must do this hike if in Yellowstone.

#4. Upper Geyser & Old Faithful (8.2km, 190m): Perhaps the classic trail in Yellowstone, you cannot miss this hike. Starting at Old Faithful, you will pass another geyser every two minutes!

#5. Lower Brink of the Falls (1.9km, 100m): The Lower Brink of Yellowstone Falls trail is a steep climb down to the viewpoint of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone National Park. The hike is a lot easier than the way back up, however the massive, cascading waterfalls are simply amazing. Do not forget your camera for this one!

#6. Artist Point to Point Sublime (4.8km, 150m): This is a spectacular hike in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Start at Artists Point – the best viewpoint in the entire park. Continue along a dirt trail to Point Sublime, a wonderful day out.

#7. Bunsen Peak (7.1km, 475m): Rising above the grassy planes and the herds of buffalo, the hike up Bunsen Peak will give you a new perspective on where you have been travelling. The short climb is well worth the plentiful views!

#8. Norris Geyser (4.0km, 100m): This flat trail will guide you through several roaring geysers and colorful inkpots. Though busy, this route is far superior to the Artist Point inkpots trail, as escaping the crowds takes a matter of minutes.

#9. Mount Washburn (11.4km, 475m): A well-used trail climbs gently up to the summit of Mt. Washburn, where you will find a small radio station. The views are gorgeous, as you can look down into the brink of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and the numerous rolling, grassy hills, which surround it.

#10. Mystic Falls (5.7km, 215m): These quaint falls have a relatively easy approach, yet yield a beautiful, natural, secluded atmosphere. The cascading falls provide the perfect gurgling background for self-reflection and conversation.

01. AVALANCHE PEAK

01. AVALANCHE PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 8.1km
  • 700m
  • 3-5h

02. SKY RIM

02. SKY RIM

  • Difficulty
  • 31.2km
  • 1,585m
  • 10-13h

03. SOUTH RIM

03. SOUTH RIM

  • Difficulty
  • 4.5km
  • 200
  • 1.5-2.5h

04. UPPER GEYSER BASIN

04. UPPER GEYSER BASIN

  • Difficulty
  • 8.2km
  • 190m
  • 2-3h

05. BRINK OF THE LOWER FALLS

05. BRINK OF THE LOWER FALLS

  • Difficulty
  • 1.9km
  • 100m
  • 0.5-1h

06. ARTIST POINT TO POINT SUBLIME

06. ARTIST POINT TO POINT SUBLIME

  • Difficulty
  • 4.8km
  • 150m
  • 1-2h

07. BUNSEN PEAK

07. BUNSEN PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 7.1km
  • 475m
  • 2-3h

08. NORRIS GEYSER

08. NORRIS GEYSER

  • Difficulty
  • 4.0km
  • 100m
  • 0.75-1.5h

09. MOUNT WASHBURN

09. MOUNT WASHBURN

  • Difficulty
  • 11.4km
  • 475m
  • 2.5-4h

10. MYSTIC FALLS

10. MYSTIC FALLS

  • Difficulty
  • 5.7km
  • 215m
  • 1.5-2h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau