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Top 5 Hikes In Wyoming

October 13, 2018

Wyoming, a large western US state, is defined by its vast plains and the Rocky Mountains that run through it. The state is known for being home to Yellowstone National Park that covers almost 3,500 square miles of wilderness. It’s home to hundreds of different animal species, impressive canyons, and long alpine rivers. The state is also home to geysers like the infamous Old Faithful north of the Grand Teton National Park which is known for its backcountry skiing areas, trails, and Snake river. Here are five impressive trails to add to that list.

Best Hiking Trails In Wyoming

Rank Trail Length (miles)
1 Cascade Canyon Trail 9.3
2 Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point 8.3
3 Uncle Tom’s Trail 0.7
4 Table Mountain Trail 10.2
5 Mammoth Hot Springs Area Trail 3.6

1. Cascade Canyon Trail

Location: GPS 43.763544, -110.781413
Mileage: 9.3 miles
Hike Time: 9-10 hours

Cascade Canyon Trail is a 9.3 mile out and back trail in Beaver Creek, Wyoming. It’s a heavily trafficked moderately difficult trail open from April to September with an overall elevation gain of 1066 feet. Here, you may go birding, camping, backpacking, mountain biking, hiking, on nature trips, trail running, and walking. You’ll see a forest, river, amazing views, wildflowers, and plenty of wildlife.

Nothing says movie-ready land more than this Wyoming trail. It’s an incredible hike into the base of the Great Tetons which you reach through a boat ride across Jenny Lake. It’ll take you to the Teton Mountain Range. The hike starts from the shore of the lake which then takes you up the 200 foot tall Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point where you can see incredible views over National Park.

Many people can stop at this point, but you can also continue further to Cascade Canyon where you can see some moose before your return on the boat over Jenny Lake!

2. Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point

Location: GPS 43.768888, -110.734418
Mileage: 8.3 miles
Hike Time: 8-9 hours

Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point is an 8.3 mile out and back trail in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It’s a moderately trafficked easy trail open year-round with an overall elevation gain of 1407 feet. Here, you may go backpacking, camping, hiking, on nature trips, trail running, and walking. You’ll see a forest, a river, a waterfall, and spectacular views.

If you enjoy hiking, whether you’re from Wyoming or not, you should take the time to experience this trail and Inspiration Point. It’s something that will stay with you forever. The hike is absolutely gorgeous with a spectacular end.

The trail isn’t very long, and your whole family will love it. The whole trail is amazing as you start by crossing the Chittenden Bridge, hike up to the Upper Falls, and capture the beauty of Crystal Falls. Soon after, you may reach Inspiration point. Make sure to go on a sunny day, during the week, early in the morning to beat the crowds.

3. Uncle Tom’s Trail 

Location: GPS 44.720145, -110.465721
Mileage: 0.7 miles
Hike time: 1-2 hours

Uncle Tom’s Trail is a 0.7 mile out and back trail in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It’s a heavily trafficked moderately difficult trail open year-round with an overall elevation gain of 275 feet. Here, you may go birding, hiking, on nature trips, trail running, and walking. You’ll see a forest, river, wildlife, and a waterfall. Make sure you bring everything you need in your hiking backpack, including plenty of water and carabiners.

This deceptive short trail in Yellowstone National Park will give you a good workout and is home to some incredible views. It’s quick yet strenuous and ends at the base of Lower Falls. You’ll hike up a series of paved inclines and over 300 steps to a canyon that’s about 500 feet deep. You’ll end up on a platform where you can see, hear, and feel the amazing power of the Lower Falls. Sure, it’s beautiful up top, but nothing beats the sound and appearance of a magnificent waterfall from the bottom up.

4. Table Mountain Trail

Location: GPS 43.744896, -110.849630
Mileage: 10.2 miles
Hike Time: 10-11 hours

Table Mountain Trail is a 10.2-mile loop trail in Alta, Wyoming. It’s a heavily trafficked moderately difficult trail open year-round with an overall elevation gain of 4140 feet. Here, you may hiking, on nature trips, trail running, mountain biking, and walking. You’ll see a forest, wildlife, and wild flowers.

If Uncle Tom’s Trail wasn’t strenuous enough for you, try Table Mountain Trail that covers 10 miles of Alta, Wyoming, a challenge for only the most experienced hikers. This is one trail you should travel once in your lifetime if you enjoy difficult trails. You start with a steep uphill climb until halfway where you will find gorgeous wildflower meadows. The trail continues uphill until you reach the viewpoint for table mountain. You’ll also get to see the Tetons while you’re up there.

The best time to go is during the week early in the morning to beat the crowds so you can have the mountain view to yourself!

5. Mammoth Hot Springs Area Trail

Location: GPS 44.429637, -110.587476
Mileage: 3.6 miles
Hike Time: 3-4 hours

Mammoth Hot Springs Area trail is a 3.6-mile loop trail in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. It’s a heavily trafficked easy trail open year-round with an overall elevation gain of 406 feet. Here, you may go birding, hiking, on nature trips, trail running, mountain biking, and walking. You’ll see a waterfall, wildflowers, hot springs and nice views. You can even set up your hammock and hammock mosquito net if you want.

For something a little easier in Wyoming with the same beauty of some of the harder trails, Mammoth Hot Springs Area Trail is what you need. The trail is lined with many hot springs on a hill of terraces. The rock there is limestone opposed to rhyolite found in many of the other hydrothermal areas in the park, making it unique.

This piece of natural history is commonly used as an example of one of the bet travertine-depositing hot springs. The area is very dynamic, as well, as the hydrothermal areas are in a constant state of change. In other words, if you loved it the first time, go again because you’re likely to find something new to love about it!

Wyoming is rightfully regarded as home to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country. It’s home to the great Yellowstone National Park which never disappoints. Take the time to appreciate its beauty as you won’t find anything quite like it anywhere else.

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