If you have less time or energy, however, or have small children in tow, you might want to go just a mile or somewhat more to find beautiful scenery and few people. Then you’ll do well to use Yellowstone Treasures as a guide. Here are some details about using the book in this way.
On pages 366–68 of the fifth edition you’ll find a chart called “54 Recommended Short Walks in Yellowstone,” where hikes are arranged in the same order that their trailheads are found in the book. Below is the first page of the chart in the fifth edition. Click on the image for a larger, readable version.
Let’s take the Lone Star Geyser Trail as an example. (The photo shows the geyser erupting.) As you can see at the bottom of the chart, this trailhead is near the road from Old Faithful Village to West Thumb Junction. It’s a level, 5-mile (8 km) round trip. The location of the trailhead is shown on the guidebook’s map on page 104. When you turn to that map, you can confirm from the map’s scale that this trail is somewhat more than 2 miles long. Then on pages 106–7 you can read more about the trail.
Another way to use Yellowstone Treasures to find trails is to have one person following the road log as you drive. Here’s an example: Say you’ve just visited Tower Fall and are driving toward Canyon Junction, but the kids are getting restless. On page 224 you can see that at 13.3 miles from Tower Junction there’s a recommended trail (shown by a red hiker symbol). You might decide to stop and see the views and the profusion of wildflowers on the Mount Washburn Trail.
And then there are the fifty-two other great trails to take!
ON THIS WEBSITE: Some of the other trails are mentioned in
- The Yellowstone rock factory
- West Thumb Geyser Basin
- Short hikes to see lakes
- Hot springs and pools of many colors
- Crazy about waterfalls
- Six hikes near Yellowstone Lake
- Cool facts about hot springs and geysers
CREDIT: The photo is by Jens Paape.
Copyright Janet Chapple. All Rights Reserved. Updated August 3, 2017