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Ask Me: The 10 Best Short Hikes in Yellowstone

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Hi Michael,

I have recently “stumbled” onto your site and have been enjoying it very much. My husband and I are planning a trip to Yellowstone in a few weeks. We’d like to take in a few short hikes. We are both in our late 60s and in decent shape. We spent a few days in Arches this spring and took a few five-mile hikes through the park and enjoyed it thoroughly. What hike could you recommend for us? We are thinking about limiting our hikes to fives miles because of the change in elevation/terrain and weather conditions we may encounter there.

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7 Responses to Ask Me: The 10 Best Short Hikes in Yellowstone

  1. John   |  September 15, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Black Canyon Lake and Timberline Lake are two of my favorite day hikes. The Beaten Path and Sundance Pass (Lake Fork to West Fork drainages) are my favorite backpacking trips. The Beaten Path is definitely the most popular hike and the water features, glaciers and mountains are great. The views at the top of Sundance Pass rival anything I’ve seen in Glacier or in Colorado (I haven’t hiked any other high altitude areas). The fishing is usually fantastic too.

  2. John   |  September 15, 2017 at 12:09 am

    I think the hiking is much better between Cooke City and Red Lodge in the Beartooths. There are countless lakes, great peaks and a fraction of the people. There are numerous good, short hikes off the Beartooth Highway.

    • MichaelALanza   |  September 15, 2017 at 8:37 am

      I’ve wanted to get into the Beartooths, John. Got any favorite trails there?

  3. Amelia   |  July 29, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    Yes, totally agree with your list! But, I’d also add the Beaver Ponds Trail in Mammoth (5 mile loop) 🙂 It’s one of the local favorites.

    • MichaelALanza   |  July 30, 2015 at 7:15 am

      Thanks for the great suggestion, Amelia.

  4. gemmajaneadventures   |  July 14, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Awesome photos! Yellowstone fascinates me, especially because of the super volcano underneath it (I wanted to be a volcanologist when I was 12).

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