Hiking in Yellowstone National Park

Ribbon Lake Trail

General Rules and Understandings for Hiking in Yellowstone National Park Hiking in Yellowstone National Park can be extremely rewarding for a number of reasons. Most obvious to many people is the quick access away from the crowds. Another is having the opportunity to hike in a pristine wilderness that hasn’t been altered by human hands, and has remained so for …

Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop

Twilight Over Mountain Peak

Distance: 18.9 miles (loop) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The views at the top of Swift Creek, leading to the Crystal Creek and Gros Ventre River headwaters are easily some of the most epic mountain views in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, but it doesn’t come easily. This Swift Creek to Shoal Creek Loop …

Grand View Point Trail

Jackson Lake and Teton Mountains

Distance: 1 mile (one way) Difficulty: Moderate Best time of year: Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Tip: Bring bear spray. Seriously. It’s not just for the safety of you, but also the bear. Even if you’re at fault, the park will put down the bear for attacking. The Grand View Point Trail and the surrounding area is dense with …

Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake

Sunlight Breaking Through Clouds

Distance: 4.6 miles to Trapper Lake (one way) Difficulty: Easy Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2016 June Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake Trail Description For those looking for an easy-going, but rewarding hike, Bearpaw Lake and Trapper Lake make for great destinations. Both are tucked away at the base of Mount Moran to the west, in …

Atherton Ridge – East to West

Gros Ventre Road and Foothills

Distance: 4.1 miles (one way) Difficulty: Strenuous Best time of year: Spring, Summer, Fall Last hiked: 2015 September The Atherton Ridge Trail is a relatively forgotten trail, but is well worth the effort. Neither side is considerably easier to climb than the other, but most people prefer to hike east to west because of the great views that unfold of …

Hiking the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve

Phelps Lake Reflection

Distance: 1.5 miles (one way) or many more if desired Difficulty: Easy-Moderate Best time of year: Year-round Last hiked: 2016 December In 2001, Laurance S. Rockefeller donated his family’s getaway ranch to Grand Teton National Park, ultimately becoming the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve (LSR). Upon its completion, the public now had more access to brand new trails and Phelps Lake, …