Yellowstone Backcountry Travel Warnings
Yellowstone Backcountry Situation Reports



Yellowstone Backcountry Situation Reports & Travel Warnings

The following backcountry travel warnings are provided to us by the park service and we do our best to make sure the information we present is as current as possible. Conditions in the backcountry can change very quickly so please check with the Central Backcountry Office in Yellowstone for the latest backcountry travel advisories before beginning any day hike or backpacking trip. Updates are made on Monday's of every week during the summer.

Central Backcountry Office
Tel: 307-344-2160 or
Yell_Backcountry_Office@nps.gov



Trail/Road Conditions & Alerts

UPDATES WILL RESUME IN SPRING OF 2019



BEAR MANAGEMENT AREA (BMA) RESTRICTIONS
(A) Firehole – Opened May 28. West side of Mary Mountain Trial closed until June 15
(B) Richard’s Pond – Opened May 28
(C) Gneiss Creek – Closed through June 30
(D) Gallatin – No off-trail travel through November 10
(E) Blacktail – Closed through June 30
(F) Washburn – Open only by special permit (through July 31)
(G) Antelope – Closed through November 10
(H) Mirror Plateau – Open to day-use only May 15- Nov 12
(I) Pelican Valley – Closed through July 3
(J1) Clear Creek – No off-trail travel through August 10
(J2) Clear Creek – No off-trail travel through July 14
(K) Lake Spawn – No off-trail travel through July 14
(L) Two Ocean – No off-trail travel through July 14
(M) Riddle/Solution – Closed through July 14
(O) Heart Lake – Closed through June 30

Click for more information on bear management areas.



Fire Danger

**CAUTION: Be aware of hazards along the trails in the burn areas: burned out stump holes, unstable dead trees, loose rocks and logs, smoke, and smoldering areas.



2019 Road Construction (TBA)

Norris to Mammoth
2018 season: expect 30-minute delays beginning April 20, 2018 (excluding holiday weekends*). Construction zone includes sections of unpaved road: motorcyclists should use extreme caution or consider alternate routes.

June 3 to October 8: full nightly closures from 10 pm to 7 am (excluding Saturday nights and holiday weekends*). Use Dunraven Pass (between Tower Junction and Canyon Village) to travel south from Mammoth Hot Springs during these closures. Norris and Indian Creek campgrounds will not be affected by this work.

Canyon Village Area
2019 season: some destinations unavailable as part of the Canyon Overlooks and Trails Restoration Project.

Fishing Bridge to Indian Pond (East Entrance Road)
2019 season: expect 30-minute delays along the East Entrance Road between Fishing Bridge and Indian Pond (excluding holiday weekends*).

October 15 to November 5: full closure of Fishing Bridge over the Yellowstone River. East Entrance Road will remain open as far as Sedge Bay. People needing to travel through Yellowstone to or from Cody, Wyoming and beyond will need to use the Northeast Entrance during this closure.



Mammoth Region

Boiling River
BOILING RIVER: OPEN


Blacktail Creek Trail/Yellowstone River Trail/Black Canyon (1N5)
Horse Use:Open to stock use. (7/10/18)
Yellowstone River Trail, and Blacktail Deer Creek Trails are in good condition.

Lava Creek Trail/Rescue Creek Trail (1N2, 1N3, 1N6)
Rescue Creek Trail is clear and open.
Horse Use: Rescue Creek (1N2) open to stock use (no off trail travel permitted).
Lava Creek Trail is open.

Wraith Falls Trail
The Wraith Falls trail is open.

Sepulcher/Beaver Ponds/Snow Pass area (1N4, 1K1, 1K2)
Sepulcher trail is open.
Beaver Ponds trail is open.
Visitors should familiarize themselves with the no off trail travel restrictions of the Gallatin Bear Management Area

Glen Creek Trailhead – Fawn Pass & Electric Pass (1K3)
Fawn Pass Trail is CLOSED from the west boundary of the Gallatin BMA to Fawn Pass Trailhead (WK5) at HWY 191 due to the Bacon Rind Fire. (8/27/18)

Due to construction there is a trail detour at the Glen Creek trailhead. The trail detour for hikers starts across the road from the Bunsen Peak Parking lot. Follow the signs.

The Gardiner River is running about 1 1/2 to 2 feet deep.

Visitors should familiarize themselves with with the no off trail travel restrictions of the Gallatin Bear Management Area.

Stock Use: Fawn Pass Trail is partially closed. See closure map See trail closure description above. Due to construction there is a trail detour at the Glen Creek trailhead. The trail detour for stock users starts from the large parking lot south west of the Bunsen Peak trailhead. Follow the signs. Use caution on bridge, as some stock are spooked by the shiny material. (8/27/18)

Bunsen Peak/Osprey Falls (1K4)
Bunsen Peak open, report of numerous trees down on the East side of Bunsen Peak. (7/16/18)
Stock Use: Osprey Falls is not suitable for stock. (7/1/18)

Bighorn Pass Trail (1K5) - East Side
Bighorn Pass has has a lingering cornice at the top of the pass. (8/14/18)
Indian Creek (1K5) to Bighorn trailhead (WK6) is open in its entirety. (8/14/18)
Visitors should familiarize themselves with the no off trail travel restrictions of the Gallatin Bear Management Area.
Stock Use: Indian Creek trailhead is open to stock. (8/14/18)

Mount Holmes/Grizzly Lake Trailheads (1K6, 1K8)
Campsites 1C1, 1C2, 1C4, 1C5 are closed for all of 2017 due to road construction. Campsites are inaccessible because there is no access at either the Grizzly Lake or Mt. Holmes trailheads. See road construction page.

Solfatara Trail (1K7)
Trailhead is closed beginning June 1 due to road construction. The Solfatara Creek trail can be accessed from the Norris Campground/Solfatara Creek trailhead.



Tower Region

Blacktail Deer Creek Trail/Yellowstone River Trail/Black Canyon (1N5)
Horse Use:Open to stock use. (7/10/18)
Yellowstone River Trail, and Blacktail Deer Creek Trails are in good condition.

Hellroaring Creek/Coyote Creek (2K8, 2N1, 2N5)

Horse Use: Hellroaring Creek, Buffalo Plateau, and Coyote Creek trails are open for stock use. (7/1/18)
Hellroaring Creek is crossable. (7/11/18)
Conditions on Bull Mountain Loop open. (8/28/18)

Slough Creek (2K5, 2N4)
Horse Use: Slough Creek Trail and Buffalo Plateau is open for day use. (7/11/18)

Pebble Creek (3K2, 3K4)
Stock Use: Open to Stock. (7/23/18)
Strong Bear Warning: Bear frequenting area around sites 3P3 and 3P2. (8/25/18)
Pebble Creek trail is open.
Pebble Creek crossable. (7/2/18)

Buffalo Plateau/Buffalo Fork (2K8, 2N2, 2N3)
Buffalo Fork trail is clear. (7/11/18)
Stock Use: open for stock

Garnet Hill Loop (2K2)
Open. Horse Use: Garnet Hill Trail is open for day riding/horseback.

Specimen Ridge Trail/Agate Creek/Yellowstone Picnic Area trailhead (2K4, 2K7)
Stock Use: Specimen Ridge and Agate Creek trails are open for horseback. (7/15/18)
Yellowstone Picnic Area trail is open.

Lost Lake Loop
Road to Petrified Tree and Lost Lake Trail is open.
Good condition.

Mount Washburn
The trails leading to Mt. Washburn (Dunraven pass (4K9), Chittenden Road (2K6), and heading North from campsite 4E1 are closed for the season due to construction projects.



Northeast Region - Lamar Area

Lamar River Trail - Soda Butte to Mist Creek Pass (3K1)
Lamar River Trail has reopened to foot traffic only.No Stock Use between campsite 3L7 and campsite 3L8 ie. no through traffic between Pelican Valley (5K3) and Soda Butte/ Lamar River trailhead(3K1) until further notice. (7/17/18)

Cache Creek is 1.5 to 2 feet deep. (7/11/18)

Pelican Valley to Cold Creek has been cleared of downed trees. (7/11/18)
Stock Use: The Soda Butte river crossing at the Lamar stock trailhead is crossable. (7/16/18)

Stock Use: No Stock Use between campsite 3L7 and campsite 3L8 ie. no through traffic between Pelican Valley (5K3) and Soda Butte/ Lamar River trailhead(3K1) due to a landside, until further notice. (7/17/18)

Cache Creek/Thunderer/Republic Pass (3K1, 3K3)
Thunderer Trail/Pass is open and cleared. (7/17/18)
Cache Creek trail is clear up to the Cache Creek Patrol Cabin.
Stock Use: Thunderer is open for stock use. (7/17/18)

Pebble Creek (3K2, 3K4)
Stock Use: Open to Stock. (7/23/18)
Strong Bear Warning: Bear frequenting area around sites 3P3 and 3P2. (8/25/18)
Pebble Creek trail is open.
Pebble Creek crossable. (7/2/18)

Trout Lake
Trout Lake Trail is open.

Miller Creek
Miller Creek is clear to Hoodoo Parker Peak area.
Bootjack Gap and Canoe Lake trails are clear.
Due to Lamar River Trail slide there is no stock access to Miller Creek via the Pelican trailhead (5K3). Hikers can still pass through. (7/2/18)

Frost Lake
Access to Frost lake is accessible for stock only via the Pelican Trailhead (5K3) due to Lamar River trail slide. (7/2/18)

Specimen Ridge
Stock Use: Specimen Ridge and Agate Creek trails are open for horseback. (7/15/18)
Yellowstone Picnic Area trail is open.



Canyon Region

South Rim (Uncle Tom’s, Artist Point, Ribbon Lake)
Some destinations (including the Uncle Tom's Trail) are inaccessible because of the Canyon Overlooks and Trails Restoration Project. (6/24/18)
Stock Use: South and North Rim trails are not suitable for stock. (7/1/18)
Stock Use: Artist Point/Point Sublime are not suitable for stock. (7/1/18)

Ribbon Lake trails are open.

2017 - 2019 Canyon Area Trail Closures

North Rim
Open.

Mount Washburn (4K9, 2K6)
The trails leading to Mt. Washburn (Dunraven pass (4K9), Chittenden Road (2K6), and heading North from campsite 4E1 are closed for the season due to construction projects.

7-Mile Hole (4K6)
The Glacial Boulder trailhead open and accessible to Seven Mile Hole. (8/28/18).
The trail to Seven Mile Hole, and the Washburn Spur trail to campsite 4E1 from the Glacial Bouler trailhead are dry and clear of down trees. (7/17/18)
Stock Use: Seven Mile Hole trail is not suitable for stock.
The trail to Ribbon Lake and its campsites 4R1 and 4R2 are dry.

Cascade, Grebe, Wolf & Ice Lake (4K2, 4K3, 4K4, 4K5, 4N4)
Cascade Lake, Grebe, Wolf and Ice Lake trails are starting to dry up but still wet and muddy in spots. (7/16/18)
Trail to Observation Peak and campsite 4P1 are in good condition. (7/16/18)
Stock Use: Open.

Wapiti Lake/ Wrangler Lake/ Broad Creek/ Howard Eaton trail (4K7, 4N2, 4K8)
Artist Point trailhead (4K8) to Wapiti Lake is open. Also reports that the trail is hard to follow near 4B4. (7/16/18)
The Howard Eaton Trail between Fishing Bridge (5K2) and Canyon Wapiti Lake trailhead (4K7) is open. Be aware of unreported carcasseses near the trail. (9/9/18)
Wrangler Lake trail and campsite is dry and clear of down trees. (7/17/18)
Strong Bear Warning for campsite 4B1. (9/8/18)

Mary Mountain/Hayden Valley & Cygnet Lakes (4N1, 4N3)
The Mary Mountain trail from 4N1 to OK7 is CLOSED due to carcass near Mary Mountain Lake and near trail and bears frequenting the area. (9/12/18)
Stock Use: CLOSED due to carcass near Mary Mountain Lake and near trail and bears frequenting the area. (9/12/18)

Solfatara (1K7, 4K1)
Solfatara trailhead (1K7) is closed due to road construction. The Solfatara Creek trail can be accessed from the Solfatara Creek trailhead (4K1) located at Norris Campground.



Old Faithful Region

Lone Star Trail (OK1)
Lone Star trail open.
BEAR WARNING: Bear frequenting the area between campsites 8G1, and 9D4.. Make sure to hike in groups, make noise, carry bear spray, and hang food and scented items at all times. (9/9/18)
Spring Creek trail is open. (9/5/18)

Fairy Falls/Mystic Falls/Fountain Flats (OK4, OK5, OK6)
Fairy Falls, Mystic Falls, Fountain Flat area is open.
The north and south access trails to the Grand Prismatic Overlook are open. Off-trail travel around the Grand Prismatic Overlook trail is prohibited.

Mallard Lake (OK9, OK3)
Mallard Lake Trail (OK3) is open.
Mallard Creek Trail (OK9) is open.

Mary Mountain (OK7)
The Mary Mountain trail from 4N1 to OK7 is CLOSED due to carcass near Mary Mountain Lake and near trail and bears frequenting the area. (9/12/18)
Stock Use: CLOSED due to carcass near Mary Mountain Lake and near trail and bears frequenting the area. (9/12/18)

Divide/Spring Creek
Closed.

Summit Lake (9K9,OK4)
Summit Lake Trail is mostly clear but wet and muddy. (7/2/18)



Yellowstone Lake Region

Elephant Back, Natural Bridge, Storm Point, Pelican Creek Nature Trail
Elephant Back Trail is mostly clear . (7/3/18)
Natural Bridge Trail is open.
Storm Point is open, but the footbridge is washed out and closed. Stream crossing is still possible via deadfall downstream from the bridge. (7/25/18)
Stock Use: Storm Point is not suitable for stock. (7/1/18)
Pelican Creek Nature trail is open. Limited parking due to construction equipment.

Howard Eaton trail at Fishing Bridge (5K2)
The Howard Eaton Trail from the trailhead at Fishing Bridge (5K2) to Wapiti Lake (4K7) has been cleared.

Nine Mile Trailhead (5K5); Thorofare/Mountain Creek (6K1, 6K2, 6K4, 6K5)
Thorofare Trail, and Trail Creek, and Mountain Creek are cleared of down trees (7/30/18)
Heart Lake to the South Arm is clear of down trees. (7/16/18)
Two Ocean trail North of campsite 6M5 is cleared of downed trees. (7/16/18)

Avalanche Peak
Avalanche trail is clear of down trees. (7/30/18)
Stock Use: Avalanche Peak trail is not suitable for stock. (7/1/18)

Yellowstone Lake (5K1, 5K4, 5K6, 7K1)
Caution: Boaters need to be aware of buoys located in open waters.
Hazard buoys, marker buoys, and navigation aids are all in place.
Motorized boaters, it is your responsibility to know where the mileage zones and non-motorized boat zones are, and to abide by the regulations.
High winds are a daily occurrence on the lake, particularly in the afternoon. Canoeists and kayakers are urged to travel close to shore, evaluate conditions, get an early start, and complete open water crossings as quickly as possible.
Boat permits and Aquatic Invasive Species inspections are required and only available at the Snake River Ranger Station, Bridge Bay Ranger Station, and the Grant Village Backcountry Office from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Pelican Valley (5K3)
Turbid Lake has been cleared. (7/29/18)
Pelican Valley and Turbid Lake are open. (7/4/18)
Pelican Valley trailhead parking has been reopened. (9/5/18)



Snake River Region - Southeast

Shoshone Lake/Lewis Lake (8K1, 7K2)
Bear Frequenting Area: Strong Bear Warning for the entire Shoshone Lake area. Visitors should make sure to travel in groups, Carry Bear Spray, make noise, and make sure all food and scented items are secured at all times. Grizzly sow and yearling cub have been frequenting the area. (8/10/18)

All Shoshone Lake Area Trails have been cleared. (7/11/18)
8T1 to Lake Junction is likely wet (8/28/18)
Delacy Creek outlet at Shoshone is 1 ft deep and slow moving water. (7/2/18)

Lewis River Channel is averaging 1-2.5 feet deep, swift, and very cold. A wet suit is recommended. Please note the use of felt soled waders is not allowed in Yellowstone National Park. (8/8/18)

High winds are a daily occurrence on the Lake, especially in the afternoon. Boaters crossing Shoshone Lake should use good judgement to evaluate conditions and cross only at the "narrows".

Stock Use: The Horse bypass trail is closed to stock. No stock on the western end of the trail near the geyser basin. (7/1/18)

Heart Lake
Bear Frequenting Area: Strong Bear Warning for 8H1, 8H2, 8H3, 8H4, 8H5, and 8H6. Carry bear spray, make a lot of noise, and hike in groups. (9/7/18)

There is currently a fire south of Heart lake at Basin Creek. Visitors may see smoke and or flames. (8/1/18)

Mt. Sheridan trail has cleared of down trees and is free of snow. (8/1/18)
Stock Use: Heart Lake Trail is open to stock. (7/16/18)
Stock Use: Basin Creek Cutoff Trail is open to stock use. The trail from campsite 8C6 north to the junction with the Basin Creek Cut-off trail has reopened to stock. (7/26/18)
The Heart River crossings south of campsite 8J4 and North of campsite 8C5 are crossable. (7/3/18)

Pitchstone Plateau (8K4)
Open

Riddle Lake (7K3)
Open

South Boundary Area/Snake River/Two Ocean Plateau (8K7, 8K8, 6K3)
Bear Frequenting Area: Strong Bear Warning for Two Ocean Plateau Trail from Trail Creek-Two Ocean Cutoff Trail Junction to South Boundary Trail Junction. Carry bear spray, make a lot of noise, and hike in groups. (9/16/18)

Bear Frequenting Area: Strong Bear Warning for Campsite 6M5. Carry bear spray, make a lot of noise, and hike in groups. (9/16/18)
Campsite 8C6 is open; caution bear frequenting the area. (9/02/18)

Bear Frequenting Area: Strong Bear Warning Campsites 8C1, 8C6 and 8C7. (8/20/18)
CLOSED: Campsites 8B2, 8B3, 8B4, and 8B5 due to fire hazard conditions due to Basin Creek Fire. (8/11/18)

South Boundary Trail from the South Entrance to Mariposa Lake, Two Ocean Plateau, and the Snake River Canyon are clear of downed trees.(7/24/18)
Snake River Fords: All fords of the Snake are currently crossable.

Campsite 8C5 only has only one of its two foodpoles.(7/16/18)
Stock Use: Basin Creek Cutoff Trail is open to stock use. The trail from campsite 8C6 north to the junction with the Basin Creek Cut-off trail has reopened to stock . (7/26/18)

Beula Lake/South Boundary Trail west (8K5, 8K6)
• Trails are open.



Bechler Region - Southwest

Bechler Meadows/Bechler Canyon and Falls River Area
Stong Bear Warning for Bechler Meadow trail. There have been a black bear hanging around and going through campsites. Hikers are advised to hike in groups, carry bear spray, make noise, and make sure that food is properly stored at all times. (9/5/18)

Stock Use: Bechler Meadows open to stock and dry with only a few normal boggy patches. (7/1/18)

BEAR WARNING: Bear frequenting the area between campsites 8G1, and 9D4.. Make sure to hike in groups, make noise, carry bear spray, and hang food and scented items at all times. (9/9/18)

Fords Conditions as follows:
Near 9B2 is running 2-3 feet and slow. (7/17/19)
Near 9B6 is running 2.5 feet and very swift. Use Caution. Not advised for inexperienced hikers. (7/17/18)
Near 9B8 is running 2 feet and moderately fast. (7/17/18)
Rocky Ford near campsite 9C1 is around 20 inches deep with a slower current and is passable.

Bear Frequenting campsite 9D4. Make sure to hike in groups, make noise, carry bear spray, and hang food and scented items at all times. (8/28/29)
Stock Use: Bechler Canyon Trail is open. (7/1/18)
Bechler Canyon trail clear of down trees from the Ranger station to campsite 9D4.

Boundary Creek/Dunanda Falls
Trails to Dunanda Falls are open.

South Boundary Trail
Unknown

Robinson Creek
The foodpole is down at site 9A6. Campsite is open but approved bear-proof containers are required. (7/2/18)

Union Falls/Mountain Ash Creek
Stong Bear Warning for all of Union Falls. There have been several bears hanging around and going through campsites. Hikers are advised to hike in groups, make noise, and make sure that food is properly stored at all times. (9/5/18)
All trails to Union Falls are clear of down trees and rivers are crossable. (7/11/18)
Stock Use: Union Falls is open to stock use.



Gallatin Region - Northwest - Along Hwy 191

No off-trail travel within the Gallatin Bear Management Area (refer to a detailed map for the boundaries). A minimum group size of four people is recommended for hiking and camping within the Gallatin Bear Management Area.

Daly Creek/Black Butte/Sky Rim Trail/Shelf Lake (WK1, WK2)
Fishing Access Closures: As part of the Bacon Rind Fire area closure, access to the Gallatin River along Highway 191 will be restricted. From Fawn Pass TH north to Milepost 27 there will be NO river access. From Milepost 27 north to the park boundary near milepost 31.5 river access will be permitted from the highway. Gallatin River access south of Fawn Pass trailhead remains open. This is subject to change.

Stock Use: CLOSED for stock use due to the Bacon Rind Fire.See closure map. (8/27/18)
Black Butte Trail (WK2) is CLOSED due to the Bacon Rind Fire. (8/27/18)

Daly Creek Trail (WK1) to Sky Rim Trailhead (WN1) is CLOSED due to the Bacon Rind Fire. (8/27/18)

Sky Rim Trailhead (WN1) across Bighorn Peak is open. The Sky Rim Trail is the permiter of the Bacon Rind Closure, and is open to travel. (8/27/18)

Both the Daly to Black Butte and Daly to North Tepee Cutoff Trails are CLOSED due to the Bacon Rind Fire. (8/27/18)

Specimen Creek/High Lake/Crescent Lake/Sportsman Lake (WK3)
Fishing Access Closures: As part of the Bacon Rind Fire area closure, access to the Gallatin River along Highway 191 will be restricted. From Fawn Pass TH north to Milepost 27 there will be NO river access. From Milepost 27 north to the park boundary near milepost 31.5 river access will be permitted from the highway. Gallatin River access south of Fawn Pass trailhead remains open. This is subject to change.

CLOSED: Specimen Creek (WK3) to North Fork up to Crescent Lake Junction, along with campsites WE1 and WE4, are closed due to the Bacon Rid Fire. Campsites WD2, and WD3 on Sportsman's Lake are open but accessible only through the East of the Gallatins (1K3)(1K2)(1K1). (8/27/18)

Stock Use: CLOSED due to the Bacon Rind Fire. (8/27/18)

Bacon Rind (WK4)
CLOSED: The Bacon Rind Trail both within Yellowstone National Park , and in the Custer Gallatin National Forest ,as well as the road heading into the trailhead has been closed due to safety concerns with the fire buring several miles northwest of the Bacon Rind trail. (7/27/18)

Stock Use: Bacon Rind trail is closed for stock use due to wildfire. Reminder even if you are going into the forest service there are no dogs allowed on Yellowstone Park Service trails.

Fawn Pass/Fan Creek (WK5)
Fishing Access Closures: As part of the Bacon Rind Fire area closure, access to the Gallatin River along Highway 191 will be restricted. From Fawn Pass TH north to Milepost 27 there will be NO river access. From Milepost 27 north to the park boundary near milepost 31.5 river access will be permitted from the highway. Gallatin River access south of Fawn Pass trailhead remains open. This is subject to change.

Fan Creek Trail has been CLOSED due to Bacon Rind Fire. See closure map.(8/27/18)
Stock Use: CLOSED for stock use. See closure map.(8/27/18)

Bighorn Pass (WK6) - West Side
Bighorn Pass trail up to the campsites is in good shape. (8/14/18)

Stock Use: The Bighorn trail (WK5) to Indian Creek (1K5) is open to stock.(8/14/18)

Visitors should familiarize themselves with the no off trail travel restrictions of the Gallatin Bear Management Area.

Gneiss Creek/Cougar Creek (WK7/WK8)
Gneiss Creek is open through September 30, please refer to Gneiss Creek Bear Management Area.

Gneiss creek trail is "primitive" in nature and contains areas where there is no trail tread and limited trail markers.



Please call the Central Backcountry Office if you have any questions about specific areas or would like updates on the most current trail conditions.

Central Backcountry Office
Tel: (307)344-2160

Yell_Backcountry_Office@nps.gov





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