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Sheep Creek Falls – Yellowstone/Silver Gate/Cooke City – Montana
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Overview
Location

Silver Gate, Montana

Sights

Large Waterfall

Distance

0.6 Miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

7419

Summit Elevation

7581

Elevation Gain/Loss

187 feet of total gain

Time Required

15 minutes to an hour

Pets

I wouldn't recommend it

Fees

No

Water Info

Yes if you want to purify the creek

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Trail Condition

Unmaintained. Lots of loose footing, log hopping, and bush whacking

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

No

Camping

No

Food

No

GPS Coordinates:

Parking:45.01836N, 109.96067W

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Driving Directions



The Trail:

Sheep Creek Falls is not technically in Yellowstone. Its about ten minutes outside the park but it would be very hard to get here for most without going through the park so we will count it as Yellowstone. This is an unmaintained trail to a beautiful waterfall that is one of my favorites in the park. Its very picturesque. I have been twice and never seen another soul so I don’t think this is a very well known area. I have not seen an official height but I would guess it is about 80-100 feet. It does flow year round but is very impressive in spring. There is no official parking lot but there is a turn off on the road right where Sheep Creek flows under the road into Soda Butte Creek. This is located right in between Silver Gate and Cooke City, Montana. These are right on the border of the park. They are lovely little towns with a few good places to eat and an old mining museum. Both are old mine towns. Here is a picture of the parking spot.

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To find the trail simply cross the road and follow the creek on the east side. There is lots of deadfall and bush whacking. Since there are logs to climb over and lots of very loose footing this hike isn’t for everyone. It is however, very short. It is 0.3 miles each way. The canyon heading up to the falls is very pretty and was severely burned in the 1988 Yellowstone fires.

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The creek will turn to the east and very soon the falls come into view. Like I said this is a gorgeous waterfall!

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If there is a safe path you can get closer and take some awesome photos!

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The Return:

This is an out and back so return the same way you came and remember to watch your footing!

Personal Thoughts:

This is a very short hike that is VERY worth the time. Its only about ten minutes from the park entrance and is one of my three favorite falls in the area.

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Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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