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Yellowstone Hiking

Easy Hikes:

Lone Star Geyser Trail

2.5 miles

Out-and-back

0 feet elevation gain

Directions: Trail is partially paved and bicycle accessible. The Lone Star Geyser erupts every 3 hours, and in truly a spectacular sight. Perfect for families.

Fairy Falls Trail

5.0 miles

Out-and-back

200 feet elevation gain

Directions: Beginning at Steel Bridge trailhead, hikers traverse along the edge of Grand Prismatic pool, it is a beautiful area. Thermal features along the way, Imperial Geyser, Spray Geyser. Arrive at Fairy Falls, which at over 200 feet tall, is one of Yellowstone’s most spectacular waterfalls.

Moderate Hikes:

Elephant Back Trail

3.0 miles

Out-and-back

800 feet elevation gain

Directions: Trail climbs through dense lodgepole forests to an overlook with sweeping, panoramic views of Yellowstone lake and the surrounding mountains and forests.

Grebe Lake Trail

2.5 miles

Out-and-back

300 feet elevation gain

Directions: A more direct route to Grebe Lake, this trail follows an old fire road through meadows and forest, some of which was burned during the fires of 1988. Grebe lake beautifully reflects a row of mountains behind it, and is perfect for trout fishing.

Strenuous Hikes:

Observation Peak Trail

6.0 miles

Out-and-back

1,400 feet elevation gain

Directions: Hike to a high mountain peak for an outstanding view of the Yellowstone wilderness. Trail passes through whitebark pine forests, past the tranquil Cascade Lake.

Seven Mile Hole Trail

11.0 miles

Out-and-back

1,400 feet elevation gain

Directions: Following the Canyon Rim, you will be rewarded with views of Silver Cord Cascade. At 3 miles (4.8 km), the trail drops off to Seven Mile Hole, a 1,400 foot (425 m) drop. Hike it carefully, watch your footing, and conserve your energy; depending on your condition and the weather, it can be a long hike back out. Be especially careful where the trail passes both dormant and active hot springs.

Additional Hiking Info:

Permit Fees for Backcountry

For those looking to get out and adventure the backcountry of Yellowstone National Park you must attain a pertain with proper trip dates as there is per night fee of $3/visitor ages 9 and older. Fees will be collected at time of permit pickup with a cap total of $15 a group per night.

Visitors planning to adventure with livestock(Horses/Mules/Llamas) will be charged $5 per person per night. There is no cap on the group per night fee.

An Annual Backcountry Pass is available for $25. Set up for the visitors looking to make several trips during the year or one extended overnight trip. This pass exempts those vistors with the pass from overnight fees and is valid for one season (Memorial Day- September 10). Photo Identification along with pass is required for overnight fees being waived. The Annual Backcountry Pass does not cover reservations made in advance.

Backcountry Offices

Permits are available 7 days a week during the summer season (June – August) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the following offices:

    • Bechler Ranger Station
    • Bridge Bay Ranger Station
    • Canyon Visitor Center
    • Grant Village Visitor Center
    • Mammoth Visitor Center
    • Old Faithful Ranger Station
    • South Entrance Ranger Station
    • Tower Backcountry Office
    • West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center

General Contact Information

Backcountry Office
P.O. Box 168
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

Call: 307-344-2160