Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park

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Mount Washburn, elevation, is a prominent mountain peak in the Washburn Range in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The peak was named in 1870 to honor Henry D. Washburn, leader of the Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition. The Washburn Range is one of two mountains ranges completely within the boundaries of Yellowstone.HistoryOn August 29, 1870, members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition ascended the peak they named Mount Washburn after their expedition leader, Henry D. Washburn. A portion of Lt.Gustavus Cheyney Doane's description is quoted below:Mount Washburn became a very popular tourist attraction early in the park's history. Many tourist accounts tell of a trip to the summit of Mount Washburn. In 1879, Mrs. Elizabeth D. Wickes of Boulder, Montana, in a party of eight men and five ladies, spent six weeks touring the park. Her account of Mount Washburn follows:In 1914, two years before automobiles were allowed in Yellowstone, noted author Elbert Hubbard and his wife Alice spent two weeks touring Yellowstone. In a short article written after the trip—A Little Journey to the Yellowstone Hubbard described his visit to Mount Washburn.Mount Washburn trailsViews from the summit include much of the northern section of Yellowstone National Park and on clear days, the Teton Range is also visible. The mountain trails are some of the most frequented in the park, so summer hikes can be crowded. With an altitude gain of 1,393 feet (424 m) in 3 miles (4.8 km), the hike from Dunraven Pass to the summit is moderate. Another trail which climbs 1,491 feet (454 m) in only 2.25 miles (3.6 km) starts from the Chittenden parking area.
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  • Great and is well worth the trip. It was cold when there but very nice view. Saw several Elk and Goats.  more »
  • This trail in Yellowstone is to the top of Mount Washburn at 3122m altitude. It is longer but less steep than the trail to Bunsen Peak I did a day before. At the start of the trail you can see three p...  more »
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  • Afternoon road hike to the top on my 2013 8 State road trip. Stated by USA Today or some such site to be the best hike in the USA. I'd have to disagree, but see for yourself. Summit panoramas, telephotos, and video at my website.
  • I worked in the summer of 2010 for Canyon Maintenance I would hike this puppy religiously after work. Great workout! Great views! Be mindful of a momma with cubs. You do not wanna bump uglies with a grizzly bear.
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