Hiking the Bacon Rind Trail, Yellowstone
Bacon Rind Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Hike #5, Bacon Rind Trail
Bacon Rind Trailhead WK4
Northwest Section - Minimal Traffic
Yellowstone National Park

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Location: Northwest Section (See map to the right)
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult - Out-and-back
Distance: 10.2 mi/16.4 km round-trip
Elevation Gain: 2,420 ft.
Best time to visit: Late July-October

Backcountry Camping: Yes - campsites must be outside the national park boundary.

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Topo Maps: Beartooth Publishing - Yellowstone National Park

Finding the Trailhead - Bacon Rind (WK4)
From West Yellowstone:
From the center of town drive north on routes 191 & 287 toward Big Sky and Bozeman for approximately 22.7 miles. The parking lot will be on the left just past the Fawn Pass Trailhead. Get Directions from West Yellowstone

From Bozeman: Drive 65.5 miles south on route US 191 toward the town of West Yellowstone. The trailhead will be on the right 3.9 miles past the Specimen Creek Trailhead. Get Directions from Bozeman

Backcountry permits can be obtained in West Yellowstone at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center - (307) 344-2876.

Read more about obtaining Yellowstone Backcountry Permits.

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Trail Details
Trail Condition: Excellent to Fair
Difficulty: Easy to Difficult
Total Mileage: 10.2 mi /16.4 km round-trip
Type of Hike: Out-and-back
Wow Factor: Alpine scenery with plenty of wildflowers
Elevation Gain: 2,420 ft.

Nearest Towns: West Yellowstone, Big Sky & Bozeman
22.7 miles north of West Yellowstone, MT - Get Directions
28.3 miles south of Big Sky, MT - Get Directions
65.5 miles south of Bozeman, MT - Get Directions

Trailhead Coordinates
Latitude: 44.958490
Longitude: -111.067298

Red Mountain Coordinates
Latitude: 44.935732
Longitude: -111.154540

Approx. Elevations
Trailhead Elevation = 7,140 ft.
Red Mountain Elevation = 9,560 ft.
Elevation Gain = 2,420 ft.
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Bacon Rind Trail Description

Bacon Rind Trail Description - (Trailhead WK5) - Light Traffic

Fawn Pass lies at just over 9,000 feet elevation in the midst of the Gallatin Range. This long but rewarding hike climbs 2,000 feet through the Gallatin Bear Management Area so you might get lucky and glimpse a grizzly roaming the hillsides. As you gain elevation you'll enjoy views of a narrow valley stretching to the western horizon and the towering peaks of the Gallatins against blue Wyoming skies.

The trip to Fawn Pass is an all-day hike so you'll need to get an early start to finish at a reasonable time (allow between 8-9 hours). This means you'll probably have the trail all to yourself—we didn't see another person the entire day. As we began the hike the temperatures were in the low 30's even though it was late June. The grass was wet with dew and hung over the trail making for wet boots. In the shade temperatures were still very cold and the wildflowers had a thick coat of frost on their delicate petals. The cool air was invigorating though and the first mile went by very quickly.

Click here to download your FREE Yellowstone Backcountry Trip Planner - Contains backcountry campsite information, backcountry permit information, park service phone numbers, bear management information and hiking/backpacking checklists.

WARNING: YOU MUST BE WELL PREPARED and carry the necessary equipment to make your hike a safe one. You are responsible for your own well-being while trekking in these remote wilderness locations. Help or rescue can be hours or even days away.

Read more about obtaining Yellowstone Backcountry Permits.

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Nearby Hiking Trails
Daly Creek (Trailhead WK1) - Provides access to the north end of the beautiful and rugged Sky Rim Trail.
Black Butte (Trailhead WK2) - Climbs to the jagged summit of Bighorn Peak and connects with the Sky Rim Trail.
Specimen Creek (Trailhead WK3) - Provides a direct route to Shelf Lake. Access to Crescent/High Lake and the Sportsman Lake Trails.
Fan Creek (Trailhead WK5) - A narrow and secluded valley that connects with the Sportsman Lake Trail.
Bighorn Pass (Trailhead WK6) - Another beautiful mountain pass located high in the Gallatin Mountains.
Gneiss Creek (Trailhead WK7) - A quiet stretch of trail that is as flat as it is long. Wildflowers are plentiful here.

Nearby Campgrounds
Bakers Hole - May to Sept. - Bakers Hole Campground is located 3 miles north of West Yellowstone and has 73 sites and vault toilets. Electrical hookups are available for 33 sites. Campsites are $16.00 + per night. Reservations are not accepted - Get Directions from the Bacon Rind Trailhead to the Bakers Hole Campground.

Taylor Fork Road - Open All Year - Taylor Fork Road is approximately 11.2 miles north of the Bacon Rind Trailhead on US 191. Campsites are free. The first few sites are located about a mile from US 191. Forest service road (FSR 134) follows Taylor Creek west and extends deep into the Madison Range/Lee Metcalf Wilderness Area, and provides access to numerous hiking and mountain biking opportunities within the Gallatin National Forest - Get Directions from the Bacon Rind Trailhead to the Taylor Fork Primitive Camping Area.

Red Cliff Campground - May to Sept. - Red Cliff Campground is approximately 18.9 miles north of the Bacon Rind Trailhead on US 191 and has 67 sites and vault toilets. Electric hookups are available for 26 sites. Campsites are $14.00 per night. Located along the Gallatin River between Big Sky and the northern boundary of the National Park. Bozeman Ranger District/Gallatin National Forest - (406) 587-9054 - Get Directions from the Bacon Rind Trailhead to the Red Cliff Campground.

Yellowstone National Park Backcountry Permits
All overnight backcountry permits for the northwest section of Yellowstone National Park can be obtained at the West Yellowstone Visitor Information Center on the corner of Yellowstone Ave. and S. Canyon St./route 191 in West Yellowstone. - (307) 344-2876. Read more about obtaining Yellowstone Backcountry Permits.

Post Hike Meals
Don't forget to stop in at one of the following restaurants on your way back to West Yellowstone or Bozeman.

If you're heading back to West Yellowstone try one of these local restaurants.
Wolf Pack Brewing Co located at 139 North Canyon Street in West Yellowstone - Directions
Wild West Pizzeria at 14 Madison Avenue in West Yellowstone - Directions

The Corral located on route 191 - Burgers & Beers - Directions
The Wrap Shack in Big Sky - Fresh, healthy and affordable food. Directions
Choppers Grub & Pub in the Big Sky Town Center - Directions

Maps for Hiking Bacon Rind
Beartooth Publishing Outdoor Recreational Maps
These maps from Beartooth Publishing will cover all of Yellowstone National Park as well as Bozeman/Big Sky/Gallatin Range/Madison Range and West Yellowstone.
For more information regarding these maps click here.

Directions to Bacon Rind Trailhead

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From West Yellowstone to the Bacon Rind Trailhead.


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