Yellowstone River Picnic Area Trail - Hike near Tower Junction, Yellowstone National Park
Tower Junction,Wyoming
44.91664700978, -110.40039951
GPS: 44°54'59.9"N 110°24'1.4"W
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State: Wyoming

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As its name suggests, the hike begins at the Yellowstone River Picnic Area, a small enclosure with limited parking, in a sheltered, wooded clearing 1.2 miles east of Tower Junction, close to but out of sight of the river. The place is not obviously signed as a trailhead from the highway but there is a trail notice at one side, from where the path climbs quite steeply up a sagebrush-covered hillside past a huge glacial boulder to the top of a narrow ridge next to the canyon; the rest of the hike is then along the rim, mostly right on the edge and so giving unobscured views down to the river.

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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 Tower Junction, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head east on Grand Loop Rd toward US-212 E
    Toll road
    (299 ft)
  2. Turn left at the 1st cross street onto US-212 E
    Toll road
    (1.2 mi)
  3. Turn right (98 ft)
  4. Slight right (187 ft)
or

1.25 miles  NE of Tower Junction on the road to the NE Entrance.

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