My Top 10 National Park Hikes (6 miles or less)
I enjoyed making blog posts about my top ten National Parks, so I decided to make a list of my top ten National Park Hikes. I quickly encountered a problem. There were too many hikes to choose from. So, I decided I can make two lists. I’m starting with my top 10 shorter hikes. Eventually I’ll make a list of my favorite longer National Park hikes. I decided to make 6 miles the cutoff. So the list I am starting now will be of my favorite hikes of 6 miles or less. I love National Parks and I like making lists, so this is fun for me. I hope you enjoy, too. Let me know if you agree with me, want to add other hikes, or want to try some of these out.
My list so far…
10. Cleetwood Cove – Crater Lake National Park
9. Avalanche Peak – Yellowstone National Park
8. Shoshone Lake – Yellowstone National Park
7. Hall of Mosses – Olympic National Park
6. Delicate Arch – Arches National Park
5. Mariposa Grove – Yosemite National Park
4. Mount Washburn
Location: Eastern Yellowstone in northwest Wyoming.
Distance: 6 miles roundtrip.
Elevation change: About 1,400 feet.
Difficulty: On my totally subjective scale from a 1-10 (10 being the hardest) I would give it 5 or 6. It’s pretty constant climb, but I didn’t feel like it was super steep (definitely not as difficult as Avalanche Peak).
Brief Description: This is the best hike in Yellowstone in my opinion. It is a popular hike and rightfully so. You will climb a wide trail to the mountain’s summit at 10,243 feet above sea level. There is a fire tower atop the summit that still houses a park ranger during the summer. Wildflowers and great views are abundant along the hike. The trail is also popular among the park’s wildlife. I saw a bunch of bighorn sheep just below the summit. Grizzlies are also known to frequent the area.
Highlight of the hike: The summit views. You can see for miles in every direction. You can see Yellowstone Lake, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Lamar Valley, Hayden Valley, the Absaroka and Gallatin mountain ranges, and even the Tetons on a clear day. There is a large flat space atop the summit, which is nice considering you won’t be alone up there. Climb the lookout tower to get just a little bit higher and see as much as possible.
Tips: Make time for this one. If you’re in Yellowstone for two weeks or only there for a day you should really try to hike this trail. You won’t forget it.
For more details on the hike and my personal experience CLICK HERE to read my blog post about it.