Thing to Do

Rescue Creek Trail

Pine needles in front of the yellowish hills surrounding the Yellowstone River.

Climb gradually through aspens and meadows, then descend through forests to sagebrush flats that lead to a footbridge across the Gardner River.

Safety notes: Return by the same route (another 8 miles), or have a vehicle shuttle arranged.

Trailheads: 7 miles (11.3 km) east of Mammoth on the Grand Loop Road or 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the North Entrance Station.

This is an 8-mile (12.8-kilometer) through-hike trail that begins and ends at different trailheads. Either plan on leaving a vehicle at one end, arrange for being shuttled back to the start, or plan on the hike being twice as far if doing it as a there-and-back hike.
Moderately strenuous
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the northern part of the park, with two trailhead options: the first trailhead is located about a 1/2-mile south of the North Entrance Station, while the other trailhead is located at the Blacktail Creek Trailhead parking lot 7 miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs.
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Yellowstone National Park

Pine needles in the foreground, with the yellowish valley of the Yellowstone River in the background.
Enjoy scenic views of the Yellowstone River along this trail.

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Last updated: June 6, 2018