Share:

Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

Start Exploring
Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass

Share:

Advertisement
  • The Dunraven Pass parking lot is routinely full and causes a lot of overflow parking.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Early views of the lookout before entering a small forested patch on the trail.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • The Grand Loop Road winds up to Dunraven Pass with Dunraven Peak in the distance.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • A wide trail makes this popular for groups and families.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • View of Mount Washburn fire lookout. Notice the wooden fence is weighted down by wire crates of stones. It gets windy up here!- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Look over the Washburn Spur Trail for a rolling view of the Absarokas.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • The final push up to the lookout.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Reach the lookout and soak in the 360-degree views!- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Informational sign on the second floor deck with the Absarokas in the distance.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Views from Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • The trail to Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Hiking up to Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Bald peaks and cut trails on the way to Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Views from Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Panoramic views from Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Panoramic views and wildlife visiting Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • The scale of the mountains near Dunraven Pass cuts a stark contrast.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Big vistas from Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
  • Descending Dunraven Pass.- Mount Washburn via Dunraven Pass
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Panoramic views. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Crowds. Limited parking.
Advertisement
Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,400.00 ft (426.72 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
6.40 mi (10.30 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
8,870.00 ft (2,703.58 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Pro Contributor

Mount Washburn provides the easiest access to some of the best panoramic views in Yellowstone National Park. The trail to Mount Washburn from Dunraven Pass is an easy climb partially through high-elevation forest to a fire lookout and visitor area. An array of wildflowers along the way round out this overall stunning dayhike.

As you hike, take in views of Dunraven Peak to the west and over the Canyon Area to the south. The trail does have some steep sides as you cross the ridge to the Chittenden Road junction, so take care if you will be hiking with children. Enjoy the 360-degree views at the top. Sharp eyes will be able to pick out prominent mountains on the horizon including: Electric Peak to the northwest, Cutoff Mountain to the northeast, and to the southwest, Mount Sheridan and the Tetons.

The fire lookout has three floors. The main floor has bathrooms and an enclosed room often crowded with visitors taking a short reprieve or looking through the power telescopes. Strong winds on the second floor’s open observation deck keep the crowds down. The third floor is not open to the public as it is home for an employee trained to watch for wildfire signs from June until the end of the fire season. Current conditions on Mount Washburn are available online via two webcams set up on this top floor.

            Mount Washburn Northeastern View
            Mount Washburn Southern View

Parking at Dunraven Pass is routinely packed. Hiking during a weekday or around the lunch hour may be your best bet at finding a parking spot. Alternatively, this hike can also begin from Chittenden Road (2K6) or Glacial Boulder Trailhead (4K6), though accessing the latter is complicated by current construction around Inspiration Point.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(10 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(61 within a 30 mile radius)

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
6 Members
Who's Done It
3 Members
Submission by
Pro Contributor
90 Adventures Explored
71 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info