Backcountry Situation Report

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Last Updated: October 3, 2022

NOTICE

  • Backcountry trails and campsites in many areas of the park have reopened to overnight use (foot, boat and stock). A handful of trails/sections of trails and campsites along the northern range of the park will remain closed due to the flooding event that caused extensive damage to some trails and roads. See Overview Map of Flood Closures. Damage assessments and repairs are continuing. Please check the status and conditions for specific trails in the sections below.

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This Backcountry Situation report provides the most up-to-date conditions for Yellowstone’s Backcountry. Conditions are listed by area, then trail.To avoid frustration, even if you are experienced with Yellowstone’s backcountry, please review our Camp in the backcountry webpage as the standard process has changed. Before heading out on the trail, make sure to review information about traveling safely in bear country, and familiarize yourself with our bear management areas. Depending on other activities you intend to pursue in the backcountry please reference our fishing, boating, and horse use regulations.

Backcountry Permits:

Backcountry Permits are required for all overnight stays in the Backcountry. Please visit our Camp in the backcountry page for information on how to obtain a backcountry permit.

Backcountry Office Hours:

Snake River Ranger Station: Open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.Closes for the season October 31.
Grant Visitor Center (Backcountry office & Boat permits): Open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.Closes for the season October 31.
Bechler Ranger Station: Open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Open until October 31.
Tower Ranger Station: Closed - Please call 307-344-2160 to make arrangements.
West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center: Closed - Please call 307-344-2160 to make arrangements.
Albright Visitor Center (Mammoth Backcountry office): Closed Please call 307-344-2160 to make arrangements.
Canyon Visitor Education Center (Backcountry office): Closed Please call 307-344-2160 to make arrangements.
Old Faithful Ranger Station: Closed- Please call 307-344-2160 to make arrangements.
Bridge Bay Ranger Station (Backcountry office & Boat permits): Closed. Please call 307-344-2160 to make arrangements.

General Conditions:

Snow Levels:

Some higher elevation passes and trails still have snow. Please make sure to check out current snow and river conditions before heading into the backcountry.

Water Caution:

River Conditions Post Flooding Event:

Due to the flooding event that occurred on June 13th, many of the river channels within the park have changed course, have new silt deposits and undercut banks. The new silt is like quicksand. Hikers and particularly stock users should scout river crossings for the best possible route and use extra caution.

River Levels:
Yellowstone's backcountry has few bridges - scout out the safest location to cross, the best crossing may not be in the exact location where the trail meets the stream. Above all use caution and be safe around all streams. Yellowstone's backcountry does not have many bridges, please evaluate planned travel routes for any potentially hazardous stream crossings. View river levels of the surrounding rivers.

Fires:

Bighorn Fire: See Current Fire Activity page. Backcountry closures: campsite WE4 is closed.
Before deciding to have a campfire, check that your campsite allows for fires, and consider the current weather conditions. Campfires are only allowed in the designated fire ring. Fire Danger is currently: Moderate (10/3/22)

Fishing Season:

The fishing season is currently open. Please visit the Catch a fish page for further information.

Boating Season:

Boat permits and inspections for aquatic invasive species are required before launching any watercraft in park waters. Prepare for your boating trip by Cleaning, Draining, and Drying your boats now.

Horse Use:

Trails are open to horse use. A free day ride permit is required for all day rides. Overnight backountry permits are required for overnight stock use. Check individual trails in the sections below to view their status. Make sure to review our Ride a Horse page for further information regarding horse riding permit requirements and information.

Pets:

Other than qualified service animals, pets are not allowed in the backcountry.

Bear Management Areas:

In order to reduce human related impacts on bears in high density grizzly bear habitat the park has established several bear management areas. Listed below are the current Bear Management Areas (BMAs) in effect. Some Bear Management Areas are full closures, others are no off trail travel restrictions. Please reference the Bear Management page for further details and locations of closure area.

Richards Pond (BMA B) Several restrictions in place. See Bear Management Area pages.

Gallatin (BMA D) No off-trail travel May 1 through November 10.

Washburn (BMA F) Open only by special permit (through July 31)

Antelope (BMA G) Closed through November 10.

Mirror Plateau (BMA H) Open to day use only through November 12.

Clear Creek (BMA J1) No off trail travel through August 10. See Bear Management Area pages for further details

Two Ocean (BMA L)No-off trail travel. From July 15 through August 21 permits are required for off-trail travel.

Backcountry Access

Review the park roads page, to see which of the park's roads are open.

Backcountry Map

Click on a region of the map for current backcountry conditions in that area.

 
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Northwest Region

  • Off-trail travel prohibited within the Gallatin Bear Management Area through November 10.
  • A minimum group size of four people is recommended for hiking and camping within the Gallatin Bear Management Area. BE BEAR AWARE!
  • The barricade to Indian Creek Campground is closed, when parking to access Big Horn Pass and campsite 1B1, make sure not to block the barricade so that administrative vehicles can still enter. (7/8/22)

Old Yellowstone Railroad Bed (Gardiner)

  • Trail open. Use caution as trail may be undercut in spots by recent flooding. (7/1/22)

Beaver Ponds/Sepulcher/Snow Pass area

  • Sepulcher and Snow Pass trails are open.
  • The Beaver Ponds trail is open. (7/30/22)
  • Stock Use: Beaver ponds trail is not suitable for stock (year round)

Glen Creek Trailhead – Fawn Pass & Electric Pass

  • The Sportsman Lake trail is open. (8/9/22)
  • Fawn Pass trail, Sportsman's Lake trail, and Cache Lake have been cleared of downfall. (6/29/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Bunsen Peak/Osprey Falls

  • Bunsen Peak trail is open.
  • Osprey Falls trail is CLOSED due to flood damage. See Mammoth Area Flood Closure Map. (7/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock, except Osprey Falls trail which is closed.

Bighorn Pass trail (Indian Creek)

  • Bighorn Pass trail is open, and has been cleared of downfall. (8/15/22)
  • If you have a backcountry permit for campsite 1B1, please note the trail skirts the South side of the campground and is .3 miles further to the west. No camping is allowed in the Indian Creek Campground whichis currently closed. See Map.
  • East side of Bighorn Pass trail not recommended for stock due to a boggy section of trail before the trail starts to climb toward the pass. (7/13/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.East side of Bighorn Pass trail not recommended for stock due to a boggy section of trail before the trail starts to climb toward the pass. (8/15/22)

Mount Holmes / Grizzly Lake area

  • Trails from Mount Holmes and Grizzly Lake trailheads are open. (7/13/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Norris Geyser Basin Area

  • Trail from Norris Campground (on the Grand Loop Rd) to Norris Geyser Basin (Porcelain Basin) is closed. (9/12/22)

Purple Mountain

  • Trail is open.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock, but not recommended.

Monument Trail

  • Trail is open.
  • Stock Use: Not suitable for stock. (year round).

Trailheads along Hwy 191 (from north to south)

Daly Creek/Black Butte/Sky Rim Trail/Shelf Lake

  • Lower Black Butte, Daly Creek, and cutoff trail are open. (7/12/22)
  • Black Butte Trail has been cleared of downed trees.(8/31/22)
  • Daly Creek Trail to Black Butte trail is cleared of downed trees (6/24/22)
  • Sky Rim trail and Shelf Lake area open. (7/13/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. On the Daly Creek Side(West Side) of the Sky Rim Trail there has been erosion due to heavy rain that is undercutting the trail/ ridge and making it dangerous for stock travel. Not recommended for stock.(6/29/22)

Specimen Creek/High Lake/Crescent Lake/Sportsman Lake

  • Campsite WE4 is closed due to the Big Horn Fire. For more information see current fire activity page.
  • Specimen Creek Trail and Crescent Lake/High Lake Trail have been cleared of downed trees. Footbridge has been put back in place. (8/21/22)
  • Sportsman Lake Trail has been cleared of downed trees (8/21/22).
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Bacon Rind

  • Bacon Rind trail in good condition and cleared of trees. (6/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Fawn Pass/Fan Creek

  • Fawn pass trail is open.
  • Fan Creek is crossable on foot. (7/5/22)
  • Fan Creek trail has been cleared of downfall(7/12/22)
  • Visitors should familiarize themselves with the no off trail travel restrictions of the Gallatin Bear Management Area
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Bighorn Pass (Hwy 191)

  • Fawn Pass to Bighorn Loop cleared of downed trees.(6/15/22)
  • Gallatin River is crossable. (7/13/22)
  • Visitors should familiarize themselves with the no off trail travel restrictions of the Gallatin Bear Management Area.
  • Stock Use: Open. East side of Bighorn Pass trail not recommended for stock due to a boggy section of trail before the trail starts to climb toward the pass.(8/15/22)

Gneiss Creek/Cougar Creek

  • Gneiss creek trail is open. (8/22/22)
  • Gneiss creek trail is "primitive" in nature and contains areas where there is no trail tread and limited trail markers.
  • Stock Use: Trail is open to stock.

Harlequin Lake Trail

  • Harlequin Lake trail is open.
  • Stock use: Not suitable for stock (year round)

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Northeast Region

Blacktail Deer Creek Trail/Yellowstone River Trail/Black Canyon

  • Due to the flooding damage in the area there are several trails that have partial openings in the area. See Mammoth Area Flood Closure Map and Hellroaring Area Flood Closure Map.
  • Yellowstone River Trail: Blacktail Deer Creek Trail and portions of the Yellowstone River trail have reopened.
  • The Yellowstone River trail is closed west of campsite 1Y1. There is no access to the Yellowstone River Trailhead at the Eagle Creek Campground.
  • Stock Use: The Blacktail Deer Creek trail and portions of the Yellowstone River trail are open to stock. See above for description of trail closures.

Wraith Falls

  • Open. There is some flood damage to the bridge, hikers use caution.(6/29/22)
  • Stock Use: Closed, Not suitable for stock.

Lava Creek Trail/Rescue Creek Trail

  • Rescue Creek Trail is accessible via Blacktail Trailhead to campsite 1A2. The Rescue Creek Trail is closed north of campsite 1A2. The Rescue Creek trailhead along the North Entrance Road near Gardiner is closed until the water level drops and a safe crossing can be identified. See Mammoth Area Flood Closure Map. (7/15/22)
  • Lava Creek Trail is closed northwest of campsite 1A3. Campsite 1A3 is accessible from the trailhead at the Lava Creek Picnic Area east of Mammoth. See Mammoth Area Flood Closure Map. (7/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Closed to stock.


Lost Lake Loop

  • Lost Lake can be accessed from the Petrified Tree Trailhead. The section of trail from Lost Lake to Roosevelt Lodge has bridge damage.Users wanting to access Roosevelt Lodge will need to ford the river on foot. See Tower Area Flood Closure Map. (7/4/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to Stock.

Hellroaring Creek/Coyote Creek/Buffalo Plateau

  • The Hellroaring Creek Trail is open to hikers. The Hellroaring Creek Trail north of the stock bridge is open to stock. (8/3/22)
  • Food poles at campsite 2H5 is down and unavailable. Certified bear resistant containers are required. (8/11/22)
  • The Hellroaring Creek Stock Bridge is open to hikers and llamas, but closed to horses/mules until a final inspection can be completed. (8/3/22)
  • The Buffalo Plateau Trail is difficult to follow in certain spots along the way to the park boundary. Map and/or GPS recommended. (9/1/22)
  • Bull Mountain Loop: Due to the flooding event earlier this spring, two of the Forest Service bridges north of the park that cross Horse Creek and Specimen creek are out. The rivers are crossable on foot, however due to logjams and caved in banks, the creeks are not crossable on stock.(8/8/22)
  • Hellroaring Creek is crossable on foot. (7/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Open, but see notes above regarding stock closures for Hellroaring Stock Bridge and the Bull Mountain Loop.(8/8/22)

Buffalo Fork

  • Buffalo Fork trail is open. (8/14/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Garnet Hill

  • There is a flood damage closure in effect on part of the Garnet Hill trail. See Tower Area Flood Closure Map. (9/3/22)
  • Stock Use: Currently closed to stock. (8/14/22)

Tower Fall Trail

  • Trail is open. (9/8/22)
  • Stock Use: Closed to stock.

Slough Creek

  • The road corridor between Tower Junction and Slough Creek Road is open. See Tower Area Flood Closure Map. (9/9/22)
  • Due to changing river channels, newly deposited silt, and undercut banks users should use caution around the creek bed. The silt is behaving like quicksand. (7/13/22)
  • For further flood closure information see Northeast Area Flood Closure Map.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. Due to changes in the river bed and newly deposited silt, the access to campsites 2S7 and 2S8 (crossing near Elk Tongue Cabin) has been rerouted. Riders should look for a flagged route south of the tree line near campsite 2S4. A sign noting the detour is on the left side of the trail, heading up Slough Creek, with an arrow pointing towards the creek. The sign leads you to several blazes and flags on posts which lead to the ford. Follow the flagging, crossing upstream on a diagonal, where you will reach a gravel bar and then cross over from there. There are blazes and flags in the water as well as on both sides of the creek. Once out of the creek head to the foothills / sage and out of the field which is wet and boggy. The reroute is blazed and flagged to the point where you reach to the trail junction to access the campsites. (7/13/22)

Pebble Creek

  • Pebble Creek Trail via the Warm Creek Trailhead is temporarily inaccessible from the Northeast Entrance, with few exceptions. (9/23/22)
  • Pebble Creek Trail is accessible by hiking from the Slough Creek Trail over Bliss Pass. (8/3/22)
  • Visitors can hike or bicycle the short distance of the Northeast Entrance Road available, up to the closure point. Vehicles are not allowed beyond the entrance station. See Northeast Area Flood Closure Map. (9/23/22)
  • Reservations for Pebble Creek Campsites 3P1-3P5 are being processed internally. Please contact the Central Backcountry Office in order to reserve a Pebble Creek backcountry campsite. (7/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Partially open to stock: Stock can enter in from the Northeast Entance/Warm Creek trailhead.No stock travel south of campsite 3P3. (7/12/22)

Bliss Pass (between Slough Creek and Pebble Creek)

Trout Lake

  • Trout Lake Trail is closed, due to the road closure.
  • Stock Use: Closed, Not suitable for stock (year round)

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Central Region

Much of the Lamar River Trail and connecting trails are closed as a result of trail damage and road closures limiting access. to backcountry use. See Overview Map of Flood Closures.

Specimen Ridge/Agate Creek/Yellowstone Picnic Area trailhead

  • The Specimen Ridge Trailhead and Yellowstone Picnic Area Trailhead are open to visitors with an existing backcountry reservation for campsite 2Y1.
  • Visitors with existing backcountry reservations into campsite 2Y1 will be allowed entry past the barricade at Tower Junction. Each car associated with a backcountry reservation will need a copy of the permit ro show NPS employees staffed at the barricade. Once permits are verified a National Park representative will provide you access through the barricade. (7/15/22)
  • Specimen Ridge Trail has been cleared and blazes added from the trailhead to Agate Creek 2Y1 (9/1/22), and is open to the summit of Amethyst Peak. (7/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Closed to stock.

Lamar River Trail - Soda Butte to Mist Creek Pass

  • The Lamar River trail is closed from the Lamar River Trailhead to campsite 3U3 due to extensive trail damage from flooding. See Overview Map of Flood Closures.(7/19/22)
  • Campsites 3U3, 3U4, 3F1,3F2, 3T2, and 3T3 are open and accessible from the Pelican Valley area (over Mist Creek Pass). No travel including fishing is permitted north of campsite 3U3. See Pelican Valley Flood Closure Map. (7/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Stock Use is open from Pelican Valley trailhead to campsite 3U4. Travel past 3U4 to campsite 3U3 is open but not recommended due to several washouts. See Pelican Valley Flood Closure Map. (7/18/22)

Cache Creek/Thunderer

  • Cache Creek Trail is open from Republic Pass to campsite 3C2. The trail is closed west of 3C2. Due to limited access to the Cache Creek Trail (from Cooke City and over Republic Pass) backcountry permits are to be reserved internally through the central backcountry office. Please contact us at 307-344-2160 to book campsites along this trail. See Overview Map of Flood Closures. (9/9/22)
  • Cache Creek Trail is only accessible from the Cooke City area and trails in the Shoshone National Forest over Republic Pass. (7/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. Limited Access. See Overview Map of Flood Closures.

Miller Creek

  • Miller Creek, Canoe Lake, Bootjack Gap, and Hoodoo Basin trails are closed. (7/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Closed to stock.

Frost Lake

  • The Frost Lake Trail is closed due to a washout. (7/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Closed to stock.

Avalanche Peak

  • Avalanche Peak open. Conditions not reported. (7/15/22)
  • The trail ends at the summit of Avalanche Peak. Routes to the east of the summit are unmaintained social and game trails which are not recommended for travel. Visitors have become lost trying to follow these routes.
  • Stock Use: Not suitable for stock (year round)

Wapiti Lake trail/ Wrangler Lake/ Broad Creek/ Howard Eaton trail

  • Open from trailheads along the south rim of the Canyon. (6/19/22)
  • Howard Eaton Trail from Canyon to Fishing Bridge is open.(9/12/22)
  • Caution for a bottomless bog southwest of Fern Lake. Additionally, the Broad Creek crossing south of campsite 5B1 at the trail junction with the cut off to the Astringent Creek trail has a lot of new silt and is very soft. Use extra caution and scout for best crossing. The newly deposited silt acts like quicksand.(7/13/22)
  • All trails in this area are cleared of downfall(7/11/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Pelican Valley/Turbid Lake

  • Trails through Pelican Valley are open. Pelican Valley is only open 9:00 am to 7:00 pm.
  • The trail from Pelican Valley to the Lamar River Trail is open only as far as campsite 3U3. Through trips to the Lamar River Trailhead are not possible at this time. See Pelican Valley Flood Closure Map. (7/13/22)
  • Pelican Valley trail is mostly dry.
  • Astringent Creek Trail is wet and boggy in multiple places. Not recommended for stock until it dries out more. There are a couple of bogs that are pretty poor. The worst one is on a hillside drainage approx 1/3 from the south end of the valley (this one is bad every year). (7/7/22)
  • Pelican Valley to Cold Creek, Astringent Creek, cleared of downfall. (7/11/22)
  • Follow Pelican Valley Bear Management Area restrictions.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock, although stock not recommended between Cold Creek Cabin junction and campsite 3U3 due to large washouts and rutting.
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Canyon Region

South Rim and North Rim

  • Trails are open for day use.
  • Stock Use: Not suitable for stock (year round)

Mount Washburn

  • There is a bear frequenting area warning for trails leading to Mt. Washburn, including from Chittendon Road and Dunraven Pass. Make sure to follow all bear safety practices. (9/4/22)
  • Stock Use: Not suitable for stock (year round)

Wrangler Lake/ Ribbon Lake

  • Wapiti Lake TH, Wrangler Lake and Sour Creek trails, and campsite 4W1 have reopened. (7/17/22)
  • Howard Eaton Trail from Canyon to Fishing Bridge has re-opened. (9/6/22)
  • Stock Use: Artist Point and Point sublime not suitable for stock.

7-Mile Hole

  • Trail is open. Sections of the trail are steep with slippery footing. Hiking poles are recommended.

  • Stock Use: Not suitable for stock (year round)

Cascade, Grebe, Wolf & Ice Lake

  • Trails are open.
  • Trails along the Chain of Lakes have been cleared of downfall.(6/27/22)
  • Stock Use: open to stock.

Mary Mountain/Hayden Valley & Cygnet Lakes

  • Cygnet Lakes trail in good condition. A few downed trees. (6/27/22)
  • The west side of the Mary Mountain Trail/ Nez Perce trail has a strong bear warning. (9/15/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Solfatara

  • Solfatara Trail in good condtion. (6/18/22)
  • Hikers wishing to access to the Solfatara Creek Trailhead at Norris Campground must park at the camprground registration area and hike through the campground 1/2 mile to the trailhead.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.
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Old Faithful Region

Fairy Falls/Mystic Falls/Fountain Flats

  • Fairy Falls and Freight Road Trailheads open.
  • Fairy Creek trail cleared of trees 2 miles past Fairy Falls junction. (7/7/22)
  • Trail between Mystic Falls and Fairy Falls open. Reported to have a large amount of down trees along the trail between campsites OD2 and Fairy Falls trail. (7/11/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. Not recommended. No travel in thermal areas.

Mallard Lake

  • Trail and campsites open.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Mary Mountain

  • The Mary Mountain trail is open. Be prepared to detour around bison herds.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Summit Lake

  • Summit Lake trail cleared of downfall. (7/25/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. (7/1/22)


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Southeastern Region

Elephant Back, Natural Bridge, Storm Point, Pelican Creek Natural Trail
  • Storm Point Trail has been cleared. Pay attention to No Off Trail Travel signs along the lakeshore to protect sensitive vegetation. (6/19/22)
  • Elephant Back Trail: open. (7/19/22)
  • Natural Bridge Trail open. (7/19/22)
  • Pelican Creek Nature trail is open.(7/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Open for stock with exception of Storm Point trail (not suitable for stock)
Nine Mile Trailhead: Thorofare Trail / Mountain Creek
  • There is a strong bear warning in place at the Nine Mile Trailhead. (9/28/22)
  • All trails in theThorofare Region cleared(7/18/22)
  • Cub, Meadow, and Columbine creek, Beaverdam Creek, Mountain Creek are crossable for foot and stock(7/18/22)
  • Yellowstone River fords near campsites 6B1 and 6B2 is crossable (8/22/22)
  • Campsite 6C3 has 1 food pole. Large parties with lots of food not recommended.
  • Thorofare and Yellowstone Confluence ford near 6Y4 is crossable.(7/18/22)
  • Thorofare Creek at 6T2 is swift about 2.5 feet deep and Yellowstone River at 6Y2 is about 2 feet deep. Both are good for stock and for experienced hikers.(7/18/22)
  • Food Pole at 6Y5 has been replaced. (8/8/22)
  • Mountain Creek Trail cleared a couple miles short of Eagle pass. (6/26/22)
  • No off-trail travel restrictions are in effect in the backcountry areas surrounding Yellowstone Lake. Review Clear Creek Bear Management Area restrictions.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. Access trail to campsite 6D3 is damaged, and is not accessible for stock. The site can be accessed by going in the stream at 6D2, travelling upstream for 75 yards, then exit left into the 6D3 meadow. (8/15/22). Also, trench 2 feet deep on Mountain Creek Trail a mile north of 6D5. Use caution. (8/15/22)
Yellowstone Lake
  • Docks at campsites 7L5, 7L6, and 7M4 are installed. Docks at Frank Island picnic area are not installed. (6/27/22)
  • Boating Season is open.
  • No off-trail travel restrictions are in effect in the backcountry areas surrounding Yellowstone Lake. Review Clear Creek Bear Management Area restrictions.
Heart Lake
  • Trails are cleared (7/18/22).
  • Campsite 8J3, located on the Trail Creek Trail, has been relocated to the Heart River Trail, approximately 0.15 miles south of the junction of the Heart River Trail with the Trail Creek Trail. Please use this new site to reduce your impact. Signage indicates the new location. Lat/long is 44.25091 x -11044230 (WGS84). See 8J3 Campsite Relocation Map. (7/4/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock, the section of the Heart Lake Trail between 8C6 and 8B2 has reopened to stock (7/26/22)
South Boundary Area/Snake River/Two Ocean Plateau
  • All Snake River fords are crossable by foot and stock (7/18/22)
  • South Boundary Trail , Snake River Trail, and Two Ocean Plateau trail are cleared of downed trees. (7/18/22)
  • Only one food pole at campsite 8C7. Large parties with a lot of food not recommended. (8/27/22)
  • Campsite 8C6 reminder: The campsite was relocated earlier this season from the north side of the Snake River to the south side. The new site is marked with signs and sits on the east side of the trail about 250 feet south of the ford of the Snake River. Lat/long is 44.17295 x -110.57111 (WGS84). See 8C6 Campsite Relocation Map. (7/4/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.The section of the Heart Lake Trail between 8C6 and 8B2 has re-opened to stock. (7/26/22)
Riddle Lake
  • Trail is open and cleared.(7/16/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock (7/16/22)
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Southwest

Shoshone Lake/Lewis Lake

  • Shoshone Lake trail is snow free. (7/19/22)
  • Food Pole at campsite 8T5 has been replaced. (8/18/22)
  • Doghead trail is in good condition.(6/22/22)
  • Lewis River Channel trail is dry with a few downed trees on the trail (7/16/22)
  • Boating season is open.
  • Stock Use: Stock use is open. No travel on stock West of campsite 8T1. No stock allowed in the Shoshone Geyser Basin, the Horse bypass trail is also currently closed . (7/1/22)

Lone Star Trail & Howard Eaton Trail

  • Lone Star Trail and campsites are open. (7/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Trail is open to stock. (7/1/22)

Bechler Area

  • A Mountain Lion has been seen in the Bechler Canyon Area. Stay in groups, carry bear spray, avioid hiking alone, keep small children close. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run, pick up small children, face the lion and maintain eye contact, get together and appear as large as possible (wave arms over your head).If the lion lingers be aggressive, yell throw rocks,and sticks, try to run the lion off. If the lion attacks use pepper spray, and fight back. Make sure to report any lion sightings to the backcountry office, or ranger.(9/20/22)
  • Trails cleared to as far as site 9A1. and from 9A3 to the Buffalo Lake trailhead.(6/27/22)
  • Grassy Lake Road from Flagg Ranch to Grassy Lake open (7/21/22)
  • The Forest Service campground at Cave Falls is open.
  • Stock Use: Open to stock, with above mentioned considerations. (7/15/22)

Bechler Meadows and Falls River area

  • The trails from the Bechler Ranger Station and Cave Falls to the Bechler Meadows have been cleared. (6/19/22)
  • The trail from the Cave falls to campsite 9F1 and down to Fish Lake has been cleared of down trees. (7/11/22)
  • The Falls river is less than 2 feet deep and is crossable on foot, and stock (7/11/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. (7/15/22)

Bechler Canyon/Bechler River trail

  • A Mountain Lion has been seen in the Bechler Canyon. Stay in groups, carry bear spray, avioid hiking alone, keep small children close. If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run, pick up small children, face the lion and maintain eye contact, get together and appear as large as possible (wave arms over your head).If the lion lingers be aggressive, yell throw rocks,and sticks, try to run the lion off. If the lion attacks use pepper spray, and fight back. Make sure to report any lion sightings to the backcountry office, or ranger.(9/20/22)
  • All the fords in the Bechler River area are currently crossable about 2 feet deep(7/20/22)
  • Trail has been cleared of downfall(7/18/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. (7/15/22)

Boundary Creek/Dunanda Falls

  • Boundary Creek fords heading towards Dunanda Falls and campsites there (9A0 - 9A3 for example) are knee deep or less. (7/7/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.(7/15/22)

Robinson Creek

  • Trail cleared of downfall.Trail north of campsite 9A7 is in poor condition. (7/21/22)
  • Food pole at campsite 9A6 is down and not available. Certified bear resistant container required. (9/19/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock.

Union Falls/Mountain Ash Creek

  • Grassy Lake Road from Ashton, ID to Grassy Lake is open. Conditions unknown.(7/1/22)
  • There is a bear frequenting area warning for campsites 9U1, 9U2 and 9U3. Make sure to follow all bear safety practices. (9/4/22)
  • Campsite 9U1 has one new food pole and a second that is older and due to be replaced. Large parties with a lot of food should bring certified bear resistant containers. (9/5/22)
  • Union Falls trail cleared of downfall from Grassy Lake to Fish Lake.(7/1/22)
  • Stock Use: Partially open to stock. Trail from Bechler Ranger station to Union Falls via the Mountain Ash Creek trail is closed to stock due to impassable and dangerous beaver dam. Visitors can get from Bechler Ranger Station to Union falls using the South Boundary trail at Cave Falls.

Pitchstone Plateau

  • Pitchstone Plateau trail has been cleared from the North trailhead to the campsites. (7/20/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. Not recommended. The Southern part of the trail isn't regularly cleared of downfall. (6/30/22)

Beula Lake/South Boundary Trail west

  • Beula Lake Trail has been cleared to Beula Lake. (8/31/22)
  • Stock Use: Open to stock. (6/30/22)
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