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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
4.20 mi (6.76 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Early season hike. Not crowded.

Cons

A long drive from Yellowstone's Grand Loop.

Trailhead Elevation

7,127.00 ft (2,172.31 m)

Net Elevation Gain

170.00 ft (51.82 m)

Address

Fs 310
Gallatin Gateway, MT 59730
United States

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big Game Watching
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Fishing
Big Game Watching

Suitable for

Horseback

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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