The Hellroaring Creek trail starts at an inconspicuous turnoff between the Mammoth Hot Springs and Tower Junction areas. It gets relatively little traffic, but a short and steep hike gets some remarkable views. From the trailhead you start down into the valley of the Yellowstone River.
After a series of switchbacks, you come to the gorge of the Yellowstone River. It’s narrow, steep-sided, and the water rushes through it.
You’d have no way of crossing it, but fortunately there’s a sturdy suspension bridge. There are signs saying how many cattle can be on the bridge at once (eight, I think), and there are droppings to prove that large creatures do use the bridge.
Frankly, the gorge and the bridge are the highlights of the hike. This is the same Yellowstone River that forms the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone a few miles away.
After the bridge, there is a large prairie with views for miles and miles.
Walking across the prairie for about a mile brings you to Hellroaring Creek.
We turn around and head back to the trailhead. Unfortunately, we discover that a prairie is a poor place to be if it starts to rain heavily.
Anyway, a very nice hike. About 4 miles roundtrip, with a climb of about a thousand feet. Away from the crowds.
Hey Larry, this is Zach, we met a few weeks ago on SBM trail in Harriman. I backpacked with some friends here at Hellroaring for a night in 2015, at the campsite where the Yellowstone and Hellroaring meet (I think its the first campsite on the trail). It wound up being my favorite part of Yellowstone! Thank you for bringing back some good memories. Hope you’re doing well!
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Hi, Zach! You actually inspired us to complete the SBM as well, in single day segments. Did you finish it?