When you Take a Hike,
be sure to do the following:
Avoid hiking at dawn, dusk, or at night. During the hot summer season these are the periods when grizzly bears are most active.
Begin your hike by stopping at a ranger station or visitor center for information or updates on trail conditions and area closures.
Tell someone about your hiking plans, including your destination, route, and estimated time of return.
At a minimum, carry water, a raincoat or poncho, a warm hat, insect repellent, sunscreen, and a first aid kit.
Stay on trails: taking shortcuts causes trail erosion and is dangerous—in hydrothermal areas stepping on thin crust can plunge you into boiling water.
Stay alert in burned areas. Wind may topple standing dead trees.
Know how to minimize the dangers associated with a bear encounter.
Carry bear spray and know how to use it. Credit: Yellowstone National Park website
Learn more about hiking safely in Yellowstone by visiting YNP's website.
Take a hike today! Here are a few great day hikes in Yellowstone.
(Courtesy of Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park: 82 Great Hikes, 4th Edition (2014), Robert Stone)
Print a copy and take it with you on the trail.
5 mile round trip | 2.5 hr. The Cascade Lake Trail winds through large open meadows covered with wildflowers, stands of lodgepole pines, and across numerous streams and footbridges. Views of the surrounding mountains lie on the distant horizon.
Cascade Lake Trail
Upper Falls, Lower Falls, and Crystal Falls
3 miles round trip | 2 hr. This hike explores three magnificent waterfalls in the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, including the two most famous waterfalls of the park. The trail leads to excellent vantage points of both Upper Falls and Lower Falls. Crystal Falls lies between the two thunderous cataracts on Cascade Creek.
South Rim - Clear Lake Loop
3 mile round trip | 2 hr. This near-level trail follows the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The trail overlooks the steep canyon and its two thundering waterfalls. The trail passes Lily Pad Lake, completely surrounded by forest in an active thermal area containing boiling water holes and bubbling mud pots. This is a magnificent hike with a variety of scenery and geological features.