There are hikes to mountain tops and the there are HIKES to mountain tops.
Bighorn Peak, located on the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park is the latter. Mostly hidden from view, this summit is one of the many hidden gems one will find when deciding to go beyond the boardwalks. Located on the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park, Bighorn Peak provides a day of serenity and relative solitude in Yellowstone. Many may be deterred by the animals in the area, the remoteness of the peak and the steepness of some sections of trail, but those who are seeking for a truly stunning mountain hike in Yellowstone will quickly become enamored by Bighorn Peak.
Along this hike, we probably won’t see many people. There is a likelihood that we won’t see anyone else at all. Instead, we will see wildlife, sweeping views, wildflowers and a landscape that few who visit Yellowstone ever see, which is why I sincerely think you’l enjoy this adventure.
Starting at the Black Butte trailhead along Highway 191, between the Montana towns of Big Sky and West Yellowstone, the out and back route up to Bighorn Peak is a little over 12.5 miles in length and gains roughly 3,300 feet in elevation, topping out right around 9,900 feet above sea level. The majority of the trail is an easy to follow trail, with the only bit of exposure found on the final jaunt to the summit of the mountain. Even that exposure isn’t anything to worry about, as the trail is wide enough for stock to use on long backpacking trips across the area.
This trail isn’t for new hikers or those looking for an easy day. Instead, this adventure is for those looking for a unique experience in Yellowstone that will inspire deep adventures into the park’s backcountry. If you are looking for a mountain day that even locals overlook, Bighorn Peak is the adventure for you.
THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR FOR YOU AND YOUR GROUP!
Why Book a Bighorn Peak Hiking Adventure?
Bighorn Peak is a day hike that will challenge many, but will reward all who reach the summit. Along the roughly 12.5 mile long out and back trail, you’ll pass through forests, along creeks, and up to windswept ridges with fantastic geology. The region is home to wildlife of all shapes and sizes, including bears, bighorn sheep, elk, marmots, and many other animals that may be spotted.
The trek will take around 8 hours for most hikers, with plenty of breaks to take in the views and rest during the 3,300 feet of elevation gained to reach the summit. As cars rush back and forth along Highway 191, which connects West Yellowstone to the Bozeman-Big Sky area, the trail darts away from the pavement quickly, with road noise being replaced with birds and the sound of wind through the trees. In the height of summer, wildflowers are easily found, bringing a splash of color to an already gorgeous landscape.
Bighorn Peak is for those looking for an adventure far from the beaten path of day hikers. It is for adventurers who want to summit a mountain that few have seen. It is for hikers hoping to have a day in the wilds of Yellowstone, where incredible memories are waiting to be had around every corner.
- Potential wildlife sightings
- Mountain views
- Cool geology