Guidebook

Multi-Day Backcountry Hikes in Yellowstone National Park

Get deep into Yellowstone’s wilderness with these top 5 multi-day hikes.

Description

Venture into Yellowstone’s rugged backcountry and be wowed by its diverse wildlife and geological splendours. Gushing geysers, towering peaks, grassy flats, dense woodland, and much, much more comprise the park’s wondrous 3,500-square-mile expanse.

Every adventure in this guidebook has its own unique character and special point of interest. For an epic journey along the Yellowstone River and into remote wildlands, try The Thorofare Trail. Head to Sky Rim for an airy traverse of mountaintops and rugged ridgelines. If you want to see many impressive waterfalls, jump on the Bechler River Trail in Yellowstone’s Cascade Corner.

Keep in mind that before you venture into Yellowstone’s backcountry, you will need to obtain a permit and book your campsite in advance. For more information, go to: https://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

Heart Lake and Mount Sheridan
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Heart Lake and Mount Sheridan

Yellowstone National Park
38.2 km
1,348 m
1,348 m
23-mile out-and-back with an active geyser basin, picturesque lakeside camping, and spectacular summit views.
Difficult
Private
Electric Peak
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Electric Peak

Yellowstone National Park
7 - 8 hrs
29.7 km
1,325 m
1,325 m
For sweeping views of the entire northwest corner of Yellowstone, Electric Peak is well worth the climb.
Difficult
Private
Bechler River
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Bechler River

Yellowstone National Park
52.6 km
882 m
1,240 m
Taking you away from the crowds and into the wilderness, this 26-mile epic trail brings you along Bechler River and to the many magnificent waterfalls in Yellowstone’s Cascade Corner.
Difficult
Private
Sky Rim West
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Sky Rim West

Yellowstone National Park
7 - 8 hrs
30.1 km
1,514 m
1,514 m
A classic Yellowstone ridgeline loop with tough climbs and epic views.
Severe
Private
Sky Rim Trail
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Sky Rim Trail

Yellowstone National Park
1 day +
33.9 km
1,538 m
1,486 m
A high-elevation traverse on Yellowstone’s remote northern boundary, climbing to mountaintop views not typically seen in this national park.
Difficult
Private