Mt. Washburn Construction Projects

The fire lookout tower on the summit of Mt. Washburn
The fire lookout tower on the summit of Mt. Washburn: trails to this summit are closed for construction for the remainder of the 2018 season.

NPS / Neal Herbert


Mount Washburn trails and trailheads from Dunraven Pass and Chittenden Road closed on July 12, 2018 for the remainder of the season.

Mount Washburn is located north of Canyon Village along the road to Tower Junction. At 10,243 feet above sea level, the summit provides a commanding view of the park and features a fire lookout tower that is staffed during summer. Take in the view from the summit through our webcams.

These closures are necessary for public safety during several important projects:

  • Construction will occur at the historic Mount Washburn Fire Lookout to improve park telecommunications services in developed areas. Contractors will build a three-sided antenna mounting structure and repair rock walls and surfaces around the lookout, reduce the number of antennas attached to its exterior, and complete concrete preservation work in and outside of the structure.
  • Windows in the lookout, damaged in a storm this winter, will be replaced.
  • The park’s trail crew will rebuild rock walls along the Dunraven Pass switchbacks using heavy equipment and rehabilitate other portions of the trail. Explosive work may occur.

Yellowstone has more than 900 miles of hiking trails. Alternatives to Mount Washburn include hiking Bunsen Peak near Mammoth Hot Springs, Purple Mountain north of Madison Junction, and Avalanche Peak along the East Entrance Road.

News of this closure was shared on June 28, 2018 and July 10, 2018. Additional details about the telecommunications work can be found on the National Park Service planning website.


Last updated: July 20, 2018

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