Mount Washburn Spur Trail

Forested mountainside with mountains and canyon in the distance.
View from Dunraven Pass of the landscape the Mount Washburn Spur Trail traverses.

NPS/J. Schmidt

All trails leading to the top of Mount Washburn are closed for the 2018 season due to construction projects.

This is a long day hike is started and ended at the same trailhead. However, along the trail are beautiful views of wildflowers, Mount Washburn, and even the Washburn Hot Springs. Alternatively, this trail can be started after ascending Mount Washburn from the Chittenden Road - Mount Washburn Trail or the Dunraven Pass - Mount Washburn Trail, though plans would need to be made for either being dropped off at the alternative trailheads or return to the same.

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: Glacial Boulder pullout on the road to Inspiration Point. Check the Canyon Area Construction page for details about the temporary access to this trail.

Details
This is a 16.2-mile (25.9-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is in the central part of the park, on the north side of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.
Hikers standing on the rocky top of Avalanche Peak with Yellowstone Lake in the background.

Yellowstone Day Hikes

Lace up your boots and explore some of the over 1,000 miles of trails in Yellowstone National Park.

Waterfall drops down into the steep, yellow-wall lined canyon with conifer forests growing around.

Canyon Area Day Hikes

Explore lakes and mountaintops for a variety of experiences around the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

Last updated: July 13, 2018