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Day Hikes in the Mammoth Area

Yellowstone National Park

Snow-covered mountains stand above the wide valley covered in sagebrush-steppe.
Duration Multiple Days
Topic(s) Trails, Geothermal, Geysers, Hot Springs
Activities Hiking
Type Kid Friendly, Active, Solitary/Remote, Inspirational, Outdoors, Group Friendly
Parks Yellowstone National Park

Snow-capped mountains rise above a wide, sagebrush-steppe valley.
Swan Lake Flats and the Gallatin Range can be enjoyed via a few day hikes near Mammoth Hot Springs.

NPS/Dave Krueger

The trails around Mammoth Hot Springs have a full range of difficultly, from the easy and short Wraith Falls Trail to the demanding and long Sepulcher Moutain Trail. No matter your choice, you will enjoy some amazing sights of the northern part of the park: valleys covered in sagebrush-steppe, hills and mountains covered in conifer forests, mountain peaks that can be decorated with snow for most of the year, and some beautiful waterways.
Day Hikes in the Mammoth Area
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    Beaver Ponds Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 2–5 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    Large beaver pond in an alpine meadow

    Hike through forests, meadows of sage, and stands of Douglas-fir and aspen on your way to beaver ponds. You might see beavers or their sign, but you are more likely to see muskrats and water birds.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: East of Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 4–5 Hours
    • Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Trail heads past a wooden trailhead sign/bulletin board and out across a hilly sagebrush landscape.

    Follow Blacktail Deer Creek as it descends through rolling, grassy hills and Douglas-fir forest to a suspension bridge over the Yellowstone River.

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    Bunsen Peak Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    View of a valley covered in sagebrush-steppe from a tan, rocky trail near the top of a mountain.

    Climb to the top of this igneous peak for panoramic views of Swan Lake Flats, the Gallatin Mountain Range, and the Mammoth Hot Springs area.

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    Lava Creek Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 2–3 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Dirt trail winds through sagebrush with forests and mountains in the distance.

    Follow Lava Creek, seeing Undine Falls and the junction with Gardner River.

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    Mammoth Hot Springs Trails

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 30–90 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Streaks of white, orange, and green run down the sides of a large travertine mound.

    Wander around large travertine terraces, built by ever-shifting hot springs.

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    Osprey Falls Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 4–6 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Hikers head through an open forest along a dirt trail.

    Walk along an old service road through meadows before descending into one of the deepest canyons in the park to see Osprey Falls plunge over the edge of an old lava flow.

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    Rescue Creek Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 4–6 Hours
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    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.

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    Sepulcher Mountain Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 6–8 Hours
    • Season: Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    A woman wearing a backpack stands on the top of a mound of rocks and looks out across the valley

    Climb to the summit of Sepulcher Mountain while keeping an eye out for mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and moose along the way.

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    Wraith Falls Trail

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Mammoth Hot Springs
    • Duration: 30–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    Brown wooden sign with white letters that say

    Cross sagebrush meadows, marshland, and mixed conifer forest to the base of Wraith Falls on Lupine Creek.

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Last updated: June 7, 2018