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Sepulcher Mountain

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone, Wyoming

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  • The first few miles are forested.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Entering the affected area from a 1988 fire.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Marsh along the trail.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Steep slopes on the Sepulcher Mountain hike.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • First open expanse with a vista.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • See Quadrant Mountain, Antler Peak, Dome Mountain, and Mount Holmes to the south.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Rock formations of Sepulcher Mountain.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Overlooking the Gallatin National Forest, Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, and northern Gardiner.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Stunning view of Electric Peak.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • View of Gardiner.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • View of Gardiner Canyon.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Up close look at the rock formations.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • View to the east with Bunsen Peak.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Steep mountainside descent from Sepulcher.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Mountainside meadow wildflowers.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Sportsman Lake Trail.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Gardner's Hole.- Sepulcher Mountain
  • Meadow at the base of Clagett Butte.- Sepulcher Mountain
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Pros: 
Scenic views. Solitude. Wildflowers.
Cons: 
Bugs. Crowded parking.
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Region:
Yellowstone, WY
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
3,500.00 ft (1,066.80 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
12.30 mi (19.79 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
6,239.00 ft (1,901.65 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Sepulcher Mountain Trail is a long and rewarding dayhike that provides a unique Yellowstone experience. Sepulcher Mountain stands at 9,646 feet and features eerie rock formations that reminded early adventurers of gravestones, or sepulchers. Electric Peak, the tallest mountain in the Gallatin Range at 10,969 feet, dominates the view to the north. The beauty that is Gardiner, Mammoth, and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness lies in full display to the east. To the south, find an impressive view of Bunsen Peak, Clagett Butte, and Terrace Mountain. A number of Gallatin peaks can be seen to the west including Quadrant Mountain, Antler Peak, and Mount Holmes.

Begin the hike in Mammoth Hot Springs, just north of the infamous Liberty Cap. Briefly enjoy the color and travertine formations of the Lower Terrace as you head onto the Sepulcher Mountain Trail. Have a map at hand as many hikes branch off this trail in the first 1.5 miles. Hike along Clematis Creek for just over a mile, then follow the trail up to an open meadow full of wildflowers. This beautiful area is recovering from Yellowstone's 1988 fire which, according to the National Park Service, burned 36% of the total park and cost an estimated $120 million to fight.

The return from Sepulcher Mountain first descends 2300 feet on a steep, switchback-ridden trail down a massive, mountainside meadow. The trail meets up with Sportsman Lake Trail and takes you to the far edge of Gardner’s Hole, a large, open basin with scenic views. Continue on the Snow Pass Trail and follow signage back to Mammoth Hot Springs.

Sepulcher Mountain Trail and nearby trails may be closed for extended periods of time due to heavy bear activity. Check Yellowstone's alerts report as well as all trailhead signage before hiking. Always stay vigilant in Yellowstone's backcountry.

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