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Chittenden Road - Mount Washburn Trail

Gray, gravel road ascends through an open alpine forest.

Starting at the Chittenden Road Trailhead this route provides the shortest route up to Mount Washburn. The road provides for a wide trail and a steady gradual incline. Look for bighorn sheep and wildflowers. Stay on the trail to avoid destroying fragile alpine vegetation. You may encounter bicyclists or service vehicles along this route. At the top, enjoy the view and interpretive exhibits from inside the shelter at the base of the fire lookout.

Safety notes: Be aware of lightning above treeline. There is no access to water along this trail. Grizzly bears frequent the Mount Washburn area in the fall, seeking out whitebark pine nuts. Hiking this trail is not recommended in September and October. These hikes are not recommended for persons with heart and/or respiratory problems.

Trailheads: Trail starts at parking area on Chittenden Road, 10.3 miles (16.5 km) north of Canyon.

This is a 5.8-mile (9.3-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Moderately strenuous hike
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the north-central part of the park, 10.3 miles (16.5 km) north of Canyon Village.

Yellowstone National Park

Gravel road through an open alpine forest.
Hike up the Chittenden Road to the top of Mount Washburn for panoramic views of the park.

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Last updated: May 28, 2022