Bacon Rind Creek

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Bacon Rind Creek


  • Fishing Bacon Rind Creek.- Bacon Rind Creek
  • Ample parking is available.- Bacon Rind Creek
  • Bacon Rind Creek runs through a wide meadow that is frequented by wolves and bears.- Bacon Rind Creek
  • Indian paintbrush in full color during the early summer.- Bacon Rind Creek
  • The creek occasionally winds close to the trail.- Bacon Rind Creek
  • Leave the park boundary and head up the slopes of Red Mountain.- Bacon Rind Creek
  • A fantastic view of the Gallatin Range (and an approaching storm) in Yellowstone.- Bacon Rind Creek
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Early season hike. Not crowded.
A long drive from Yellowstone's Grand Loop.
Yellowstone, WY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
170.00 ft (51.82 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,127.00 ft (2,172.31 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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Bacon Rind Creek is an easy stroll through a wide meadow in Yellowstone National Park’s less-visited northwest corner. Situated in Montana, this flat trail runs out of Yellowstone’s park boundary and into the Lee Metcalf Wilderness.

The meadow is frequented by wildlife, including wolves from the Cinnabar Basin pack, and bears. The trail is accessible as early as April, but the early summer may be the most opportune time to hike as it brings beautiful wildflowers to the meadow. The trail can also be used in the winter for an easy ski/snowshoeing route.

Extend the hike out of the park boundary by continuing on Trail 176. After a quick shallow stream crossing, the trail climbs up the slopes of Red Mountain. The Ernest Miller Ridge and eastern views of the Gallatin Range are visible from the wide-sloping meadow. The trail connects with Trail 151 where you can hike to Snowslide and Monument Mountain.

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