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Day Hikes in the Canyon Area

Yellowstone National Park

Lower Falls plunges into the yellowish-tan canyon.
Duration Full Day
Topic(s) Trails
Activities Hiking
Type Kid Friendly, Active, Solitary/Remote, Inspirational, Outdoors, Group Friendly
Parks Yellowstone National Park

Lower Falls plunges down into a yellow canyon.
Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River plunges down into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.

NPS/Diane Renkin

Numerous trails suitable for short or extended hikes into Yellowstone’s backcountry begin in the Canyon area. Here are several trails selected by interpretive rangers, though some are strenuous and not recommended for visitors with heart and/or respiratory conditions.

Always carry rain gear, extra food and water, and other emergency equipment when venturing into the backcountry. Be sure to obtain current trail condition and bear activity information at the Canyon Visitor Education Center.

Day Hikes in the Canyon Area
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    Cascade Lake Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Canyon Village
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Yellow grass, green trees, and forested mountains surround a blue lake.

    Hike through open meadows to Cascade Lake where wildflowers abound and wildlife is often seen.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Canyon Village
    • Duration: 3–5 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Gray, gravel road ascends through an open alpine forest.

    Head up the shortest route to the top of Mount Washburn where you can enjoy panoramic views and interpretive exhibits.

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    Dunraven Pass - Mount Washburn Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Canyon Village
    • Duration: 3–6 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Hikers ascend the bare ground trail along a ridge near the top of Mount Washburn.

    Starting at the Dunravenn Pass Trailhead you ascend Mount Washburn on a trail with spectacular views.

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    Grebe Lake Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Canyon Village
    • Duration: 3–4 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Grassy shore in front of a blue lake, with conifer trees in the distance.

    Hike along an old fire road through meadows and forest, some of which burned in 1988.

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    Howard Eaton Trail (Canyon Area)

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Canyon Village
    • Duration: 5–6 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Calm, blue lake surrounded by a thick, green conifer forest.

    Choose your destination on this trail that passes by four lakes, as you hike through forests, meadows, and marshes.

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    Mount Washburn Spur Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
    • Duration: 8–10 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    View of a forested mountainside with a canyon visible in the distance.

    A long hike from the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and up the east side of Mount Washburn.

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    Observation Peak Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Canyon Village
    • Duration: 5–6 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Hikers along a tan, bare ground trail through an alpine meadow.

    Hike to a high mountain peak for an outstanding view of the Yellowstone wilderness.

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    Ribbon Lake Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
    • Duration: 3–4 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Logs litter the shore of a conifer forest-surrounded lake.

    Take a stroll out to Ribbon Lake, also passing by Lily Pad and Clear lakes.

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    Seven Mile Hole Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River
    • Duration: 5–8 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    The Yellowstone River rushes through a yellow rock canyon.

    Hike along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, enjoy views of Silver Cord Cascade, and then descend to Seven Mile Hole.

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Last updated: July 13, 2018