Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park

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Mountain · Hidden Gem · National Park
Hike to the peak of Mount Washburn, which reaches a height of 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level. You may try your hiking skills by two different routes, keeping in mind that both have strenuous rating. Both are also roundtrip, one 9 km (6 mi), the other 8 km (5 mi) long. Elevation gain is about 425 m (1,300 ft) for both. For most hikers, Dunraven Pass route may be the better option, as it is considered the more scenic one. Start early before it gets too hot. It may take you about half a day to complete the route, so plan accordingly. Use our Yellowstone National Park trip itinerary planning website to arrange your visit to Mount Washburn and other attractions in Yellowstone National Park.
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  • Tower Rd. is closed for construction most of 2021. Sadly, you cannot access either of the Mount Washburn trailheads this year.  more »
  • I hiked this trail twenty years ago and it was fabulous. Was planning to hike it again with my teenage sons, but a local in Cooke City warned me that the 'grish were highly active up there. Grish...  more »
  • Great hike. Use sunscreen and watch your step at the start. Very windy, but a great view.
  • Unexpectedly snowy day on the Mount Washburn. We went at the end of June and were not expecting such conditions. Some of the people in our group were only wearing sneakers and not fully prepared. Nonetheless we made it to the observation tower and got incredible views overlooking Yellowstone and even into the Grand Tetons. We took a different route down that service cars use to get up to the observation tower and had a much smoother descent!

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