Hellroaring Creek

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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Hellroaring Creek


  • Hiking into the Buffalo Plateau.- Hellroaring Creek
  • The bridge over Hellroaring Creek is 2 miles north of the ford.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Hellroaring Creek.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Hiking the east trail on Hellroaring Creek.- Hellroaring Creek
  • The Hellroaring Patrol Cabin on the west shore of Hellroaring Creek.- Hellroaring Creek
  • A look at Hellroaring Mountain.- Hellroaring Creek
  • The northern view from backcountry camp site 2h3.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Backcountry Campsite 2H3- Hellroaring Creek
  • Backcountry Campsite 2H3- Hellroaring Creek
  • Cooling off in Hellroaring Creek.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Scrambling on Helroaring Mountain.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Looking onto the Buffalo Plateau from Hellroaring Mountain.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Setting up camp in backcountry site 2H3.- Hellroaring Creek
  • Unexpected morning awaking in backcountry site 2H3 in Yellowstone National Park. Stay calm around these guys and give them plenty of space.- Hellroaring Creek
Overview + Weather
Big views. Abundant wildlife. Great beginner backpacking.
Bugs. Bison may inhabit campsites.
Yellowstone, WY
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for:
Hiking, Horseback
Total Distance: 
8.00 mi (12.87 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,492.00 ft (1,978.76 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Hellroaring Creek is an excellent short backpacking trip with many of Yellowstone National Park's classic elements all within a few miles of the trailhead. Don't let the short mileage deter you from exploring this area; the scenery is grand, and the options to explore the surrounding areas are vast. Day hikes on Hellroaring Mountain offer opportunities to find elk sheds, observe wild game, climb Hellroaring Mountain's many Class 5 trad routes, or just take in all the unique geologic rock formations in the area. Hikes from camp up Hellroaring Creek Trail or into the Black Canyon of the Yellowstone are also a great options to extend your trip in the Hellroaring Creek area.

Nine backcountry camp sites exist in the Hellroaring Creek area, and they are all in great locations along the creek. The stream provides easy access to water for all sites. If fishing is of interest to you, try reserving site 2H1 or 2H2 at the confluence of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River. For great views of Hellroaring Mountain and a good opportunity to view large game, reserve 2H3. Bison, elk, antelope, wolves, and bear all frequent this area.

The hike is a lollipop loop and begins at Hellroaring Trailhead. The trail quickly descends through fir forest to the suspension bridge crossing of the Yellowstone River. The trail leaves the river and heads north toward Hellroaring Creek. In about a mile, Hellroaring Creek Trail heads northeast to the footbridge that crosses the creek. The trail to the bridge is about 2 miles and follows the creek on the east and west side. If you want to skip this section of trail you can ford the creek instead of turning north up the trail. The hike is short and easy, so it is well worth the added views of Hellroaring Creek. A patrol cabin on the west side of the creek is a great place to take a break in the shade under fir and spruce trees as well as check in with a ranger about recent wildlife sightings.

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