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The Hoodoos

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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  • Slight uphill on open landscape from the Snow Pass Trailhead.- The Hoodoos
  • View of the Hoodoos and Terrace Mountain.- The Hoodoos
  • Entering the Hoodoos in Yellowstone National Park.- The Hoodoos
  • Find huge boulders by the trail!- The Hoodoos
  • Beautiful look at the road and the Mammoth area in Yellowstone National Park.- The Hoodoos
  • Look to your east for a view of Bunsen Peak.- The Hoodoos
  • Coming out of the forest for an open view of Gardner's Hole.- The Hoodoos
  • Arrive at a junction with the popular Glen Creek Trail.- The Hoodoos
  • The Mammoth area gets a lot of ski traffic during the winter since it is the only entrance open for the entire park. The Hoodoos Trail does have a very steep drop off in one section, and skiing this is not recommended.- The Hoodoos
  • A return view of the Hoodoos.- The Hoodoos
  • - The Hoodoos
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Pros: 
Solitude. Great views.
Cons: 
Trailhead can be hard to find.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
490.00 ft (149.35 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,772.00 ft (2,064.11 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Just south of the Upper Terrace in the Mammoth Hot Springs area of Yellowstone National Park lies the Hoodoos, an area full of large boulders on both sides of the road. The Yellowstone Hoodoos are not real Hoodoos like those in Bryce Canyon National Park, but they are actually large travertine limestone boulders that fell in a landslide from nearby Terrace Mountain.

The Hoodoos Trail is a quick day hike with little elevation gain from the Snow Pass Trailhead (1K2). Half a mile past the Upper Terrace Parking, look to the right to find the trailhead; you should be able to point out the first trail sign and footpaths from the road. Parking at 1K2 can easily fit several cars.

The trail starts off in a forested area but soon opens up to an open landscape with sagebrush and views of Terrace Mountain in the distance. Gradually work your way uphill to the Hoodoos. Large boulders are scattered everywhere, with some the size of a small house! Look and listen carefully for small pikas that hide in this rocky area.

From the Hoodoos, continue heading south toward Kingman Pass. Around the pass there is a short section of trail that has a steep drop-off, so tread with caution. As you turn the edges of Terrace Mountain, a grand view of Gardner’s Hole comes into view. Across the pass, see the trail for Bunsen Peak at the top of the cliff and Rustic Falls by the road below.

To make this an out-and-back hike, turn around at the Glen Creek Trailhead and return along the same path.

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