Yellowstone Branch Line Trail - Backpack, Cross Country Ski, Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike near Ashton, Idaho
Yellowstone Branch Line Trail, Ashton, ID 83420, USA,Ashton,Idaho
44.1205500873, -111.3115799733
7.6 miles NE of Ashton, Idaho
Address: Yellowstone Branch Line Trail, Ashton, ID 83420, USA
GPS: 44°7'14.0"N 111°18'41.7"W
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State: Idaho

Backpack, Cross Country Ski, Hike, Horseback, and Mountain Bike

Yellowstone branch line trail runs from Warm River to the Montana border totaling 39 miles. There are a few places to jump on and off the trail as well as a few smaller trails that branch off of this larger trail.  A lot of the traffic covers small portions of this trail so not many people tackle the trail in its entirety. The trail offers a variety of different activities.  It is open for backpacking, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and all terrain vehicles under a certain size.  Depending on what you want to spend your day doing it’s a good idea to plan accordingly.

Also known as The Great Western Trail of Idaho, The Warm River Rail Trail, Route of the Yellowstone Special, or the northern portion of the Yellowstone Grand Teton Rail Trail.

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Never modify trail features. Ride trails when they're dry enough that you won't leave ruts. Speak up when you see others on the trail and always yield to hikers, horses, and others coming uphill. Always ride on the established trail.

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don’t feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Ashton, Idaho

  1. Head east on ID-47 N/Main St toward S 6th St
    Continue to follow ID-47 N
    (8.5 mi)
  2. Turn right onto Warm River Campground Rd
    Destination will be on the left
    (0.5 mi)
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The main, south-end access is from the Bear Gulch Trailhead northeast of Ashton, Idaho but the trail goes all the way to Warm River Campground. There is a new underpass that was recently constructed under the Mesa Falls Scenic Byway (State Hwy. 47) to access the trail which is less than 1/4 mile from the parking area.

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endovereric

9/2/18 10:30 am 9/1/18
I can't recommend the first 40 miles of this trail but the last 7 or so were fantastic! The first 40 definitely had their moments and we definitely saw some beautiful scenery but wow, Holy sand!
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Yellowstone Branch Line Trail Yellowstone Branch Line Trail Tackling Yellowstone's Forgotten Rail Trail: Trek  by Wild Outdoor Living

Trails

Distance ?

47.0 miles

Elevation Gain ?

1,359 feet

Real Ascent ?

2,180 feet

Real Descent ?

821 feet

Avg Grade (0°)

1%

Grade (-14° to 9°)

-24% to 15%

Distance ?

3.2 miles

Elevation Gain ?

322 feet

Real Ascent ?

382 feet

Real Descent ?

60 feet

Avg Grade (1°)

2%

Grade (-4° to 10°)

-8% to 17%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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