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Specimen Creek Trail

Yellowstone National Park Montana

Listing Type: National Park Trail
City: Yellowstone National Park Montana
Region: Yellowstone Country

The Specimen Creek Trail offers good opportunities to see wildlife. Elk are gathered in this valley from October to June, Moose may be seen anytime along the creek and bighorn sheep frequent the slopes of Meldrum Mountain

.For the first 6 miles the Specimen Creek Trail climbs slowly through the forest and meadows along Specimen Creek and the North Fork. At the junction with the Crescent Lake Trail the grade increases; and by the time you reach Shelf Lake two miles away, you will have climbed 1,100 feet. With Sheep Mountain looming above, Shelf Lake is a pleasant spot to rest, enjoy the scenery and refill your water bottles. It's now about a 0.5 mile hike up to the boundary ridge and the Skyline Trail. The view from the boundary is well worth the extra effort.

Length: 10.0 miles.Trail Begins: Highway 191.Trail Ends: Crag Lake

Area Map: Gallatin National Forest Visitor Map .USGS Map1: Bighorn Peak (Montana - Wyoming).USGS Map2: Sportsman Lake.Township 9S; Range 5E; Section 35

Directions: The Specimen Creek Trail travels from US Highway 191 to Shelf Lake and the junction with the Skyline Trail on the park's north boundary.

Specimen Creek Trail
Yellowstone National Park, Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190

  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature Area
  • Environmental
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Picnicking
  • Bird Watching
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