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Spring Creek Ski Trail

A skier pauses along the Spring Creek Ski Trail next to Spring Creek.
A skier pauses from breaking trail along the Spring Creek Ski Trail.

NPS / Diane Renkin

The Spring Creek Ski Trail is an 8 mile (12.9 km) one-way, skier-tracked, most difficult ski that requires excellent speed control and turning skills. Snowcoach drop at Divide Trailhead. The trail starts with a short uphill climb. At the junction, turn right and go down a steep narrow trail through dense forest. Excellent speed control and turning skills are required. Snowcoach drop at the Spring Creek Picnic Area. The trail traverses rolling hills, level terrain, forests, canyons, and many small bridges over Spring Creek. There are additional areas where you may need to sidestep up and also sidestep down a steep hill. Please do not take your skis off as it creates a hazard for other skiers. The trail ends at the Lone Star Geyser Trail. Turn right to return to Old Faithful via the snow vehicle road or Kepler Cascades Trail. Turn left to reach Lone Star Geyser. The Howard Eaton Trail starts immediately beyond Lone Star Geyser.

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.

Details
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. This trail requires a backcountry access permit for service animals.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
The trail can be accessed from the Divide Trailhead or the Spring Creek Picnic Area.
Accessibility Information

This skier-tracked more difficult trail includes steep terrain. The trail elevation gain/loss is 740 feet. Service dogs allowed with backcountry access permit.

Last updated: January 29, 2018