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Woody Falls – Yellowstone/Cooke City
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Overview
Location

Cooke City, Montana

Sights

Forest, Two Waterfalls

Distance

3 miles round trip

Parking Lot Elevation

7,636

Summit Elevation

8,387

Elevation Gain/Loss

817

Time Required

1-3 Hours

Pets

Yes

Fees

No

Water Info

Bring at least a small water bottle for each person

Best Season

Summer, Fall

Sun Exposure

The trail is mostly in shade making it great for summer

Trail Condition

Dirt singletrack with some rocks

Restrooms

No

Visitor Center

In Cooke City

Camping

Nearby

Food

A small snack is nice

Family Friendly?

Yes

GPS Coordinates:

Trail Head:45.01770 N, 109.93359 W
Woody Falls Turn:45.01617 N, 109.93165 W
Small Waterfall Turn:45.01486 N, 109.93126 W
Small Waterfall:45.01401 N, 109.93179 W
Woody Falls:45.01301 N, 109.91427 W

Trail Map


Driving Directions


The Trail:

Woody Falls is a nice fairly short hike located in Cooke City right outside the Northeast entrance to Yellowstone. I have never seen another soul on this hike. It holds snow late into spring making this a great summer or fall hike. It is also great when hot because it is mostly in the shade. You will turn south onto republic road off the highway and will quickly take a left on the dirt road and go a block or so to the unsigned trail head. You will see the road quickly heads uphill. You will park at the bottom.

You will hike a short distance up the road and you will see the singletrack turning off to the left. It is decently traveled and not hard to find. You will be traveling steadily uphill the entire way through the gorgeous green forest.

After a little more than a mile you will reach the edge of a canyon and see the falls. The hike in pooped out a few of us!

The waterfall is 150 feet high in 3 tiers.

The views behind you of the Absaroka Mountains are amazing!

The Return: 

You will return back the way you came. If you still have energy when you hit the dirt road its a short quarter mile hike to another small waterfall with the coordinates at the top of the page. The fall is interesting as the water goes through a small arch at the base. I thought it was worth while to see and it was very pretty. 

Here is a short video of the two falls:

Personal Thoughts:

 This was a really pretty hike with great forest and mountain views with an impressive waterfall and no crowds! That all speaks for itself.Trek Planner Logo

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Enjoyment
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About The Author
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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