Mallard Creek Ski Trail

Views from the Mallard Creek Trail looking toward Midway Geyser Basin and the Madison Mountain Range.
The challenging Mallard Creek Ski Trail rewards experienced skiers with views of Midway Geyser Basin and the Madison Mountain Range.

NPS / Diane Renkin

The Mallard Creek Ski Trail is a 12 mile (19.3 km) round-trip, most-difficult, skier-tracked trail that takes advanced skiers over challenging terrain. This trail branches off the Mallard Lake Trail 0.2 miles (0.3 km) before the lake. From the junction, the trail climbs steeply up switchbacks to a ridge overlooking Mallard Lake and then heads northwest for approximately 4 miles (6.4 km). The trail has many challenging turns and crosses numerous deep gullies. Sections of the trail may be hard to follow and may not be well marked. Only advanced skiers should attempt this trail. The return to Old Faithful is another 4 miles (6.4 km) over gently rolling terrain along the Powerline Trail and through the Upper Geyser Basin.

Notes: CAUTION: recommended for advanced skiers only due to steep terrain. 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. Stay on boardwalks and designated ski trails. The ground is unstable in hydrothermal areas.

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

Mountain views from the saddle at the top of the Divide Ski Trail.

Ski Trails in the Old Faithful Area

The Old Faithful area offers a variety of ski and snowshoe trails suitable for all ages, abilities, and interests.

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

Skiing & Snowshoeing

Make tracks in a winter wonderland.

The duration will vary depending on skier 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.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trail can be accessed from the Mallard Lake Trail or from the Powerline Trail both located in the Upper Geyser Basin.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked most difficult trail includes steep terrain. The trail elevation gain/loss is 800 feet. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit.

Last updated: January 29, 2018