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Heaven at Hellroaring

5 Hours

Few places in Yellowstone National Park offer the experiences one can have when hiking into Hellroaring.

Located between Mammoth Hot Springs and the Roosevelt Junction, a winter adventure in Hellroaring is truly remarkable. While most winter trails see almost daily use, few seem to take the time or effort to venture down to the suspension bridge or to the views of the valley. Hellroaring is usually only seen from a roadside overlook where carloads of visitors unload and set up spotting scopes to scan for wildlife. This is where many park visitors have their first wolf sightings and while seeing it from the roadside stop is great, there is nothing like seeing wolves while hiking. Hellroaring is a truly special place and one you will want to return to all year long.

Booking a Hellroaring Hiking Adventure not only gives you stunning views and a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the busier regions of the park, but it also showcases the routes wildlife travel throughout the year. This is a trail that I have seen bears, wolves, and bighorn sheep on pretty often.

This hiking tour is for those hoping to get into Yellowstone a little deeper, potentially spotting wolves, bears, bison, elk, and bighorn sheep while on the trail. You’ll still get the sweeping views and suspension bridge crossing, but you’ll also get into the wilds of the park. The 8-mile hiking adventure, with roughly 1,200 feet of elevation gain, is a trail that will forever change your perspective of the northern range.

This is a summer and winter adventure. Snowshoes are provided.

THIS IS A PRIVATE TOUR FOR YOU AND YOUR GROUP!

Want More Hellroaring?

If you want a longer day, you are in luck! There are multiple additions and options to make this region a truly wild adventure, including an off-trail summit of Hellroaring Mountain. Send me a message for more information.

About the Trip

Your hiking day into hellroaring starts from a trailhead tucked away from the noise of the main road. Giving fantastic views of the region right off the bat, the path continues down to a scenic suspension ridge crossing the mighty Yellowstone River, far below. After gazing down the gorgeous gorge, the path continues through a rocky forest before emerging onto a sagebrush plateau with fantastic views and great wildlife watching opportunities.

After reaching Hellroaring Creek, we will follow it downstream to where it meets with the mighty Yellowstone. Along the way, we will look for wildlife, come across bones and antlers in the prairie, and take in the views that only a handful of people see each year. Reaching the confluence, the wildlife scanning and search for bones and antlers continues.

Hiking back, we will stop at a few spots known for wildlife sightings and scan again, all while taking in the grandeur of Hellroaring Mountain in the near distance.

The Highlights

  • Wildflowers
  • Bones and Antlers
  • A Suspension Bridge
  • Wildlife Watching
  • Fantastic Views

Itinerary

Day 1:
What the Hellroaring Tour Looks Like

After meeting at the Hellroaring Trailhead at our designated time, we will have a quick safety meeting and gear check before heading out.
The first bit of the trail meanders up a slight hill that is often full of wildflowers in the summer and fall colors in the fall. It is also one of the few uphill sections of the hike for the first half of the hike. However, it is over as fast as it starts, emerging onto the side of the hill overlooking the entire Hellroaring area. Here, we will quickly stop, scan for animals and learn about the route which we will soon be hiking. From this spot, I have seen wolves, bears, bison, elk, and bighorn sheep.
Beyond this scenic view, the trail descends quickly over the next mile, giving great views the majority of the time. At 1.5 miles, we will reach the suspension bridge that spans across the Yellowstone River. The bridge is awesome, showing fantastic views of the canyon and river far below.
Past the bridge, hikers that may have been around at the beginning begin to fade away. While the bridge sees a lot of day hikers, few know the awesomeness that is found a short jaunt from above the canyon. Just .5 miles away, the trail leaves the trees and emerges into an open sagebrush plateau where we will be wandering for the next half mile as we make out way down to Hellroaring Creek. Along the way, we will likely see bison and maybe a badger or two. Reaching the creek, we will stop briefly to hear about the region and what to expect over the next 1.4 miles of hiking.
The next section to the confluence of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River will be one that follows the trail at times, and walking through the prairie at others. We will be finding antlers and bones along the way, while also stopping and scanning for wildlife on the slopes of Hellroaring Peak, across the way. Once we reach the confluence, we will take a break to look around before starting back.
The route back will follow the same way we hiked in, this time gaining all of the elevation we lost on the way down. We will continue to scan for wildlife and may wander off the trail a bit more to see if we can find anymore antler deposits or bones scattered about the landscape.

What You Get/Won't Get

Includes

  • A knowledgeable guide who knows the region well, bear spray, access to gallons of water before the hike, use of binoculars, an expert guide, wildlife tips, trekking poles (if requested in advance), a few prepackaged snacks (jerky, nuts, etc...)

Excludes

  • Hiking shoes, backpacks, water bladders/water bottles, meals

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Heaven at Hellroaring
From $ 250
/ Adult
From $ 100
/ Child