With dry hiking shoes and a plan, we headed out into the Yellowstone backcountry. You'll notice throughout the photos that the weather looked questionable. Although we did get some drizzle, the rain held out, giving us a lovely morning walk.
This particular hike is on the north end of the park, making it perfect for our home base of Gardiner. The trail starts off flat and then steeply drops down into a valley before crossing over Hellroaring Creek on a large suspension bridge. After the bridge, the terrain flattens out and the views are quintessential Yellowstone foothills. Rolling green hills with wide open views. We hiked out to a place where the brave (or stupid) can cross Hellroaring Creek by foot and then turned around and made the trek back.
We saw some distant bison, and closer marmots and ground squirrels. During our steep climb back up the trail, we came across a mother deer with a fawn that must have been only days old.
Aside from the steep climb, which went by much faster than we expected, this was an easy stroll in the park. The chance to get out into Yellowstone, experience the river and wilderness, and the whole time only come across one other person was well worth the effort. At under 5 miles, it's a perfect hike to combine with touring other sites around the park.