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Yellowstone River Picnic Area Reviews
This is a great little hike to fit into your plans. We didn't do the whole loop; just did an out and back for as long as we wanted. This is only a mile or so east of Roosevelt. The only signage says Y... more »
Head towards Mammoth from Tower Roosevelt junction. Look for the sign for the Blacktail Deer trailhead on the right. It is appprox 3 miles from the junction. Better check your Yellowstone Map for a mo... more »
Lisa & I arrived at the bridge just in time to witness a spectacular event of Mummy bear and baby bear going on their first hike up into the hills. She first had to shake the tree to get the pup down!! The Ranger (photographed) was fantastic, waiting until mum & cub had come up onto the bridge before clearing everyone out!! Lisa did get a bit too close for comfort...as commented on by the Ranger... LoL!! :)
A scenic hiking trail leaves from the picnic area and provides great views into Yellowstone River Canyon. The trail begins with a steep ascent from the picnic area, but after about 200 feet of elevation gain the trail levels off and follows the river upstream (southeast). You cannot access the river from the trail (if you want to access the river, hike down to the bridge near the picnic area, or take the trail from Canyon Falls). Watch your step along the trail because it is a very steep drop into the canyon below, and I would not bring small children on the trail for safety reasons. It's an out-and-back hike, about 1.5 miles one way (3 miles round trip). Along the way, you can see people on the other side of the river at some of the scenic turnouts near Canyon Falls. There's not much shade, so on a sunny day, consider using sunscreen. Enjoy!
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