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Barronette Ski Trail

The Barronette Trail is an easy 3.5 mile (5.6 km) one-way section of the Old Cooke City road that winds through conifer forest. The trailheads are located at the upper and lower Soda Butte bridges on the Northeast Entrance Road, 3 and 6.5 miles (4.8 and 10.5 km) respectively from the Northeast Entrance. The trail lies mostly in conifer forests beneath Barronette Peak. Although misspelled, the peak is named for Jack Barronett, an early Yellowstone guide and army scout. Barronett also constructed and operated a toll bridge over the Yellowstone River near Tower Junction during the Cooke City mining period. The trail offers some spectacular mountain scenery and consistent snow conditions. Check for current conditions especially avalanche conditions and, in late winter, grizzly bears.

Notes: Bison and elk frequent this trail. Federal regulations require you to stay at least 100 yards (91 m) away from bears and wolves, and at least 25 yards (23 m) away from bison and all other wild animals.

Check out the ski trail details and accessibility information at the bottom of this page.

Pillows of snow top rocks and trees along Soda Butte Creek as seen from the Bannock ski trail.

Northeast Skiing & Snowshoeing

Discover skiing and snowshoeing opportunities in the northeast part of Yellowstone National Park.

Two backcountry skiers look onward with mountain views in the background.

Skiing & Snowshoeing

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

Details
The duration will vary depending on fitness level, snow conditions, and length of time spent along the trail.
Qualified service animals are welcome throughout the park and in all park facilities. However, they must be leashed and under your control at all times. This trail requires a backcountry access pass for service animals.


 
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trailheads are located at the upper and lower Soda Butte bridges on the Northeast Entrance Road, 3 and 6.5 miles (4.8 and 10.5 km) respectively from the Northeast Entrance.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked easy trail follows the Old Cooke City Road and winds through conifer forest. The trail elevation gain/loss is 189 feet. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit.

Last updated: January 30, 2018