The Day Hikes of Yellowstone National Park Map Guide was designed to simply answer the question, “Where should we hike today?” These maps take the wonderful intuitiveness and visualization from a beautiful topographical map that Jake built from the ground up and couple it with short descriptions of all 65 day hikes that you’d get from a book to get you a sense of the trail. The magic happens with Jake’s ranking of the trails using his expertise of comparing all of them to help answer the question, “Should we hike trail A or trail B?”
To answer the question of “How hard is this trail?”, this map uses a slightly different approach. Instead of using the very subjective easy/moderate/difficult, the descriptions are grouped by distance. A brief look at the elevation change, description, and color-coded trails let you know if it is something you want to tackle. Trail steepness is calculated as level (green), moderate incline (yellow), and steep (red), so you can quickly see if the elevation change is spread out over a hike or all in one spot.
This waterproof map guide can be easily thrown into your backpack. You won’t have to spend time wondering if the trail is one you should hike, you can easily choose and go.
Map features are:
- 65 day hikes ranked by Jake recommendations
- 9 self-guided walking area descriptions
- Color coded trail segments indicate trail steepness (See product photos. If the trail is green, it’s level. If the trail is yellow, it’s got some incline. If it’s red, it’s just plain steep.)
- Descriptions give you a sense of the hike
- Distances labeled between junctions and/or features
- Family friendly and accessible hikes labeled
- Topographic lines help determine elevation change
- Hikes that occur in Bear Management Areas identified
- Printed on recyclable, synthetic paper to be waterproof and tear resistant
- Map folds out to 39″ x 26″
Just received the Yellowstone Day Hikes map. Great map detail and direction for my first journey to Yellowstone. The map has a great layout of the Yellowstone area with each hike marked and color coded. There is even great detail on EACH trail. I couldn’t ask for anything more in a great resource. In the past I have relied on various websites for answers. I can’t wait until Jake adds to his inventory on other destinations.
Michele Bovasso (verified owner) –
Day Hikes map arrived today and I could not be more pleased! Our family will be hiking in YNP this summer and this map lists, describes, and categorizes 65 hikes. The map is beautiful, color-coded, and one that we will definitely be using on our trip. The details on the hikes are interesting to read and very informative. I can’t wait to get there on the trails that Jake describes. Well done!! Thank you.
Melanie (verified owner) –
I bought this map and when Jake’s map of the Grand Tetons came out, I ordered that one, too. As others have indicated, this map is incredibly informative and easy to use. I bought numerous books in anticipation of our trip to Yellowstone and the Tetons. In addition to the books I purchased, I have Pinterest boards, and OneNote notebooks full of information. Turns out, I can ditch all of that stuff and just use Jake’s maps. I couldn’t be happier. I HIGHLY recommend these maps!
Sara Becker (verified owner) –
This past summer my family and I used your maps for hiking in Glacier, Yellowstone and the Tetons. As a family of two boys ages 10 and 7, they were great resources! All we had to do was look at what hikes Jake liked that were under 5 miles, and hit the trail (and we also did some of the longer ones, just turning around after a mile or so. I think your maps are a MUST for families traveling together. One day we were driving in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley and realized we were close to one of Jake’s favorite hikes (Trout Lake) and decided to quickly hop out and do a short hike. These maps are great for both experienced hikers looking for long hikes and for families looking for something shorter.
Marjorie (verified owner) –
This map was foundational to my 10-day trip to Yellowstone and environs in September 2020. It brings the mass of information available on the Park into coherent form.
(Older eyes may wish to bring a small magnifying glass to read the names of some of the features.)
The paragraph-long trail descriptions on the reverse side include suggestions for extending a given hike, hints at history of the areas traversed, and remarks on flora, fauna, and likely trail conditions (could be wet or very dry and without shade).
Always a pleasure to have what I need on a single map.
Matthew Zimmerman –
hah! I found this website watching 734 videos on Youtube. Realized that Jake was selling maps, and that I already owned 2 of them. We used the Yellowstone map when we escaped to there during Covid. Great resource. Concise information on a map, and I love a good map! Cheers Jake, nice products.