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Yellowstone National Park Lamar Valley

Yellowstone National Park Lamar Valley

Over the next 5 miles, you will descend about 2, feet without switchbacks. Continue straight for 1. The Lamar River is known for fishing cutthroat and rainbow trout; and the Spring snow melt in late June and July offers the best time for fishing. To your left you can look down into the cascading Chalcedony drainage.

Lamar Valley

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Loop 1. Lamar River This route is the best way to gain the essence of the Lamar Yellowstone National Park Lamar Valley Trail with nice and easy mileage. Starting from the Soda Butte trailhead you will cross Soda Butte creek via bridge.

The trail passes Southwest through a meadow in which you will probably already see bison mingling, grazing, or rolling around. Flowered grasses, rolling hills, and the Absaroka mountains create a beautiful scene no matter which animals adorn lawn. After 1. This is where we recommend sitting down with your fishing rod or picnic spread. Starting from the Soda Butte trailhead, you will enjoy the first 1.

This time, when you reach the junction, turn left to stay on the Lamar River trail. Now heading Southeast, you will enter a narrow valley between Mt.

Norris and Amethyst Mountain. You will climb a few hundred feet and traverse the base of Mt. Norris, Glacier National Park To Great Falls Mt a couple spring streams along the way. Continue straight on the Lamar trail to head directly to the creek. Walk another half mile to reach the serene bank of the creek.

This is a great place to relax, fish, or soak your feet. You should have a fair bit of solitude on this hike, but at Cache Creek, there might be great adventurers to talk to.

You will be right across the creek from 2 backcountry campsites. You will climb over 3, feet along this mile ridge traverse gaining impeccable views of the Lamar Valley and the Yellowstone National Park Lamar Valley Canyon of the Yellowstone. Start off with the first 1. After a small descent, you will reach a junction with the Yellowstone River Overlook trail.

Your hike will continue left along the Specimen Ridge trail. For a brief detour, follow the trail on the right to the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Here you will gain great views of the Narrows, Tower Falls, and the mighty Yellowstone river herself. When you return to the junction, continue East onto the Specimen Ridge trail. Over the next half mile, you will walk straight up about feet in elevation. Continue straight through the flowered grasslands to follow the ridge up another feet.

The trail will drop down a couple hundred feet, cross Agate Creek, and climb back up. If you need to, fill up at Agate Creek as this is your last opportunity for several miles. You will continue to scale up.

The elevation change is generally gradual over this stretch, with a few steep trudges in between. After about 10 miles, you will reach the 9,foot peak of Amethyst Mountain, the highest point along Specimen Ridge. You will traverse an exposed ridge for the next mile. To your left you can look down into the cascading Chalcedony drainage. The trail will start to bend left about 2 miles from the summit. You will head Northeast down a very steep slope.

Over the next 5 miles, you will descend about 2, feet without switchbacks. In between patches of trees, you will gain beautiful views of the Lamar River and the valley below.

The trail follows Unnamed Creek the last couple of miles until you reach the river. You will have to ford the Lamar River here. Take all necessary precautions. Before August, it may be too fierce to pass.

Continue straight for 1. This through hike will require dropping a second vehicle or a hitchhike. This is an extremely challenging route, so get some training in before embarking on this ultimate day adventure. Guided tours include gear…

~ Audra, Founder of Lamar Valley Touring

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Audra and her assistant, Hunter were ideal for our trip. Audra was wonderful to work with to make sure we were prepared and tailored the tour, advice, and snacks for our needs including food allergies. This is where we recommend sitting down with your fishing rod or picnic spread.