Thing to Do

Slough Creek Trail

Hikers coming back down the trail.

This trail follows a historic wagon trail into the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness beyond Yellowstone. It begins with a steep climb then descends to the first meadow. Stop and relax here or continue to the second meadow. Be alert for bears and moose. Slough Creek is a popular fishing area.

Safety notes: Optional route: Continue down the trail another 2.6 miles (4.2 km) to the second meadow, making the total hike 8.6 miles (13.6 km). If you encounter horses or horse-drawn wagons, move to the downhill side of the trail and remain still until they have passed.

Trailheads: On the dirt road toward Slough Creek Campground; where the road bears left, park beside the vault toilet.

This is a 3.4-mile (5.4-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Moderate hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the northern part of the park, east of Tower Junction near Slough Creek Campground.
Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

Hikers on Slough Creek Trail
Hikers finishing a hike along Slough Creek Trail.

NPS/Diane Renkin

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Yellowstone Day Hikes

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Tower & Northeast Day Hikes

Hikes in the northern part of the park reward you with enjoyable views of the Yellowstone River, meadows, and even petrified forests.

Last updated: June 29, 2018