Yellowstone National Park
Forest, Mountains, Wildflowers, Wildlife, Black Canyon, Suspension Bridge
2.33 Miles Round Trip
736 feet total descent
$25 Park Entrance Fee
Pack your own
Spring, Summer, Fall
Half sun, Half Shade
Well maintained dirt path
Several in the Park
Trail Head:44º 56′ 56″ N, 110º 27′ 03″ W
This trail is the first section of several longer hikes in the area. This trek covers a great 1-3 hour day hike that has a lot of variety and is one of my favorites in the whole park. There is open views, forest, critters, and a large suspension bridge that I thought was a lot of fun! The bridge takes you over the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone. It is a gorgeous spot with lots of cool white water that you are up close and personal with. This hike starts at the Hellroaring Creek Trail Head. It is located between Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction. The turn is well signed. This trail isn’t flat or overly easy but I took my time taking pictures and it took me an hour and a half and I am a pretty slow hiker in general. There is a sign at the trailhead warning you that you are in the heart of Bear country. This area is very dense with bears so talk loudly or wear a bear bell and be sure to bring bear spray. I always feel stupid with a big can of bear spray on my belt but I don’t ever want to regret not bringing it.
From the parking area you immediately start climbing downhill through lovely forest.
The trail opens up and gives you awesome views of the valley below you.
From this point the trail rapidly descends a series of switchbacks into the forest below.
This part of the trail had lovely wild flowers everywhere. Here were some of my favorites.
There were also lots of small cute critter around.
After just a few more minutes you will reach the Black Canyon with a suspension bridge. The bridge is not an old rope bridge by any means but it will still shake and rock and I had fun crossing it and seeing the awesome views. It gets you about 100 feet over the Yellowstone River.
Here are some pretty views of the canyon without the bridge.
This is an out and back trail so return the way you came and enjoy more beautiful views.
This is one of if not my top favorite day hike in Yellowstone. It has a good variety and the entire time we saw four people so it usually is not crowded since this isn’t a tour bus stop. Everyone should give this trail a shot.