Sky Rim Trail via Specimen Creek

Specimen Creek, one of the larger creeks in the northwestern corner of Yellowstone National Park, is a great way to access the incredible Sky Rim Trail. Pair it with the Black Butte Trail and you have an epic day hike with petrified trees, meadows, forest, a sketchy traverse, views, and a great chance to see[…]

Sky Rim Trail via Dailey Creek

The Sky Rim Trail borders Yellowstone National Park and the Gallatin National Forest to the north. This trail faithfully follows the sawtooth ridge giving you both incredible views and ample elevation gain culminating to a summit of the rounded, grassy dome of Big Horn Peak. Accessing it via the wonderful meadows of Dailey Creek (Daly[…]

Petrified Trees on Specimen Ridge

While the namesake “specimens” on Specimen Ridge in Yellowstone National Park aren’t accessible via the Specimen Ridge Trail, a steep, unofficial trail takes you to a forest of petrified trees. Well, they’re mostly stumps now, but they are intact and fantastic with beautiful views as a bonus. It was getting later in the day and[…]

Yellowstone River Picnic Area and Specimen Ridge with Agate Creek

Specimen Ridge and the Yellowstone River Picnic Area trails in Yellowstone National Park feature expansive views, abundant wildlife, and a nice variety including watching the Yellowstone River through a canyon lined with towers. A side trip along Agate Creek takes you steeply down to the Yellowstone River. As I started out at the Specimen Ridge trailhead,[…]

Chinle Trail

In the southwest corner of Zion National Park lies an exposed desert trail with wonderful views, few visitors, and some petrified trees. The Chinle Trail lies outside of the main Zion Canyon so it receives few visitors and a unique experience. Those that prefer the trail can hike it as an out and back while[…]

Back to Yellowstone

I’m about ready to head south again. As smoke from innumerable fires both inside and out of Glacier fill the skies, I’m thankful that I’m spending September in Yellowstone National Park. My blogging has slowed as I’ve doubled down on my hiking, but that will bring hiking blogs all throughout the offseason. Yellowstone is a[…]