What are some of the best day hikes in Yellowstone?
While there are tons of boardwalk trails and easy sites to see just a short distance from the car, here are few trails to get you away from the larger crowds.
- Avalanche Peak: A difficult 5 mile round-trip hike to the top of Avalanche Peak offers superb views of the park.
- Heart Lake Trail: This is a great trail for overnights at the lake. 7.5 miles one way.
- Shoshone Lake: You can reach this lake one of two ways, but the preferred loop is via Dogshead Loop and Lewis River Channel Trail.
- Cascade Lake: While the trail to Cascade Lake is easy and great for families, you can continue on into the backcountry.
- Pelican Valley: This 6 mile round-trip trail meanders right through prime grizzly habitat. Go with a group of 4 or more.
- Slough Creek: A great trail for anglers, Slough Creek trail leaves from the campground and offers a 2 or 5 mile round-trip option.
- Fairy Falls: Two trailheads (one that is open to bikes) offer access to this 200 foot waterfall.
Where can I find a hiking guide?
Joining a guide as you venture into Yellowstone's backcountry ads a sense of ease and security. Let them do the planning and offer up their expert knowledge.