These are some notes on Yellowstone, and include details about Hikes, Lodging, Visitor Centers – such as highlights to hit (in terms of Hiking, rivers, lakes, wildlife), as well as “need to know” tips.
Evergreen Motel – West Yellowstone FULL COMPLETE MAP of Yellowstone:
TRIP PLANNER & OTHER RESOURCES :
**Starting at the 10th of May rate increases $15 – If you do end of April or thru 1st WK of MAY, u may get a RATE of $89 or so .. SEE WEBSITE: http://bookings.centiumsoftware.com/Booking/Index/b34dc158-0ae0-4bba-aa0b-2f1f80108a90
Hotel ADDR :
Address: 229 Firehole Ave, West Yellowstone, MT 5975
Nice Hotel in West Yellowstone – Horseback Riding & BEAR/Wolf Exhibit on this End *
It’s $130 to $156 – close to WEST ENTRANCE . It’s western motif, so if you’re gonna get on your high horse & complain — well, ALL the hotels in West Yellowstone are this way !
Hint: Be aware that some rooms may feature Bunk beds !
WEST YELLOWSTONE MT – West Entrance
Evergreen Motel AND BestWestern (Weston one, not ‘Mammoth Hotsprings nor Desert one) are decent choices. Both Best Western & Evergreen Motel are very near to Entrance.
** SIDE NOTE: BEST WESTERN By Mammoth Hot Springs has best AARP discount in MAY – Dates of 5/8 – 5/10 are $117 to $126 w/ 2 QUEEN BED
==> Now if You stayed 4/29 to 5/01 or 5/02, it’d be $108 [comes w/ Brkfast, FRIG/Microwve, & POOL Hot tub] –
If u book online, get the Confirma #
1 King Bed -NonSmoking
1 King Bed, Full Breakfast, Non-Smoking, High Speed Internet Access, Jacuzzi, Microwave, Refrigerator
Choose AARP From the Dropdown – in May 2016 I noted one can get King Bed mini suite, Frig, microwave ; Breakfast @ $135 after AARP Discnt.
(May is “BEST” month, as it’s over $200 a Nite the rest of the Season – even in SEPT. It does drop in October. The 1st of the mo. = $108
BEST WESTERN By Mammoth Hot Springs Addr.: 7 MILES Fm Mammoth Hot Springs – NOTE That ‘Norris Geyser Basin’ = You cd see immed. as it’s simple: Take fm Hotel, the road south. EZ . *Note that it’s 7 MILES to entrance.
[So.. Enter Park, a 7 Mi. drive Fm Hotel, then visit Hot Springs, & HEAD SOUTH on same road. Pick up a park map on way in – it’ll GUIDE you.
Hotel Addr: 905 Scott Street West, Gardiner, MT 59030-7778 Best Western
SEPARATE IDEA :
It may be a Plan to stay @ SUPER 8 [use Wyndham for POINTS ] & Have ALL belongings LABELED, so You’d just Stop for a rest yet Be ORGANIZED (You’ll be weary).
Then next day CHECK into Best Western MAMMOTH Hot Springs [AARP accepted ] – stay 2 NITES.
Then HEAD TO WEST PART Of Park – Stay in a hotel for a few nites – so Yu can SEE Bear/Wolf exhibit & Maybe a horse ride [they hv ]
>> NEED TO GO to BED EARLY (NO TV ) – t/b Able to see Firehole Falls, Madison River – PRINT MAP OF ALL FALLS :
TO SEE OVERVIEW of Park Atractions (Fishing Bridge, Mammoth etc) – http://bit.ly/Park-Attrctions
CANYON VILLAGE VISITORS CTR HAS MOST COOL EXHIBITS (Demonstrating Quakes, MAGMA etc)
HIKING TRAILS : HIKING MAP (Ck for ‘Easy’ or “moderate” & “Hard’ hikes : First, there’s a LOT of Trails near FISHING BRIDGE – PRINT A SPECIFIC MAP of !
>> https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/dhsampler.htm **PLAN OUT & make Notes, acc. to WHICH HOTEL you’re at, & Which part of the Park ! NOTE DOWN & PUT IN CAR !
WEST THUMB JUNCTION HIKE — You HIT Mammoth then Norris Geysers,then Madison River (then OLD FAITHFUL), then a Bit of a Drive ..to West Thumb area
1 Easy is : #4. Shoshone Lake (via DeLacy Creek)
Round trip 5.8 miles – Easy. >> Starting at a trailhead sign at DeLacy Creek, 8.8 miles (14.2 km) west of West Thumb junction, the trail runs along the forest edge and through open meadows to the shores of Yellowstone’s largest Backcountry LAKE. Moose are seen here occasionally.
2 Fishing Bridge and Lake Village Area – Pelican Creek -> SHORT ONE
Round trip 0.6 miles (1.1 km), EASY.
>> Starting at the WEST end of Pelican Creek bridge, 1.0 mile east of the “Fishing Bridge Visitor Center”, this Easy trail travels through Forest and along the lakeshore. <<
CANYON AREA – SOUTH RIM – TRY UNCLE TOM’S CLimb to See ‘Lower FALLS’ – INCREDIBLE, BIT STRENUOUS
> http://www.trailguidesyellowstone.com/yellowstone_hikes/yellowstone_day_hikes.php [TOP OF PG ]
FEW EASY HIKES:
Trout Lake Trail
0.9 Miles Round-Trip – EASY **
Otters, osprey and a beautiful mountain lake that is brimming with trout.
>> FOR FIRST DAY
Duck Lake Trail – Near WEST THUMB Geyser Basin
[SEE MAP stored in “DESKTOP >> IMAGES >> TRAVEL – ‘West Thumb’
1.0 Mile Round-Trip – Easy
Trailhead LOCA: West Thumb Geyser Basin
This is another great hike located near the West Thumb Geyser Basin area. The trailhead is accessible from the northeast corner of the large parking lot. The trail crosses the road and then climbs a small hill through new growth forest before descending to the north side of the lake. There is a nice, wide beach that can be walked in either direction.
Fairy Falls Trail
5.0 Miles Round-Trip – Easy
Trailhead Location: North of Old Faithful
This an easy hike that begins at the Fairy Falls Trailhead (OK5) which is located a few miles north of Old Faithful.
The trail passes just west of Midway Geyser Basin and along the way there are exceptional views of the “most colorful Hot Springs” in Yellowstone ==> ‘Grand Prismatic Spring’ .
Mountain bikes are allowed on the 1st mile of ‘Fountain Freight Road’ until reaching the Junction w/ the hiker-only trail (continues WEST to the Base of this Delicate 200 high Waterfall.
This is a very popular hike through new growth forest, & trail is hard-packed and EZ **. There are plenty of LOGS TO REST ON near the falls => (TAKE A Lunch during the hike. >>Much of this hike is through open terrain with very little SHADE – so wear sunscreen and a HAT To hike to Fairy Falls..
You can make this hike a little longer by continuing WEST past the falls to ‘Spray Geyser’ and Imperial Geyser. This easy side trip will add another 1.4 miles to the hike but Imperial Geyser is a very active Thermal feature.
Harlequin Lake Trail
1.0 Mile Round-Trip – Easy
Trailhead Location: Between West Yellowstone & Madison Junction
Storm Point Trail :
Two Mile LOOP – East of “The Fishing Bridge” [EASY, 2 Miles ] –
Trailhead Location: North Shore of Yellowstone Lake :
Park Rangers lead guided tours beginning at 10am each morning during the summer, Weather permitting. For more information on these tours STOP IN at the ‘Fishing Bridge Visitor Center’.
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MODERATE WALK Along GIBBON River (w/ Steep Grade @ the Top for Last 500 Ft)- Has a Vu at top
“Monument Geyser Basin Trail”==> [Trailhead is located between Madison Junction and Norris Junction near Beryl Springs ]
2.0 Miles Round-Trip – Moderate
Trailhead Location: ==> Between Madison and NORRIS Junction
The Monument Trailhead is located between Madison Junction and Norris Junction near Beryl Springs. This is a ‘moderate to difficult’ hike of just over 2 miles with incredible views of the Gibbon River as is winds through Gibbon Meadows to the north. The larger peaks at the southern end of the Gallatin Range provide an amazing backdrop to this short but fun Day hike.
From the parking lot the Monument Trail follows the Gibbon River for about a half mile before it turns sharply and begins climbing the 500 ft. to this SMALL GEYSER area. It’s a fairly steep grade through new growth forest but thankfully it’s short [500 Ft ].
The thermal area contains a handful of Smoldering fumaroles, and smaller steam vents, that emit clouds of GAS that swirl around… There is a very nice view of the Gibbon River as it flows south through Gibbon Canyon
Lost Lake – 4 mi
Starting Point: Roosevelt Lodge parking lot.
Notes: Lost Lake is a small lake not too far from the Roosevelt Lodge.
Speaking of ROOSEVELT AREA in Yellowstne –
**NOTE – THE ONLY Reasonable cabin inside the PARK [so Yu could Hike ] is a Shared bathroom deal. Saw it was $89 (in 2016) – “Roosevelt Roughrider Cabin Shared Bath 2 Doubles” – You’d look at:
Dropdown Menu, choose ‘Roosevelt LODGE’, then Arrival/Depature Dates
FOUNTAIN PAINTPOTS INTERACTIVE MAP:
FULL MAP of Area/Points of Interest:
BEST WESTERN ‘MAMMOTH HOT SPRNGS’
905 Scott Street W
Gardiner, Montana, 59030-7778
NORTHEAST ENTRANCE – Update: Go to Soda Butte Lodge: http://bit.ly/Soda-Butte-Lodge
Above = $100 special I found 5/12/16 – SEE if still active
2nd One refers to Alpine Motel – and fm revu’s, this is not being upkept [YOU MAY Be Safer to STAY @ Super 8 in Cooke city ] :
====> COOKE CITY – These are Reasonable, & are SPACIOUS RMS – There’s a Std DOUBLE Room (w/ 2 Beds) & DELUXE QUEEN [Either are spacious, w/ DESK and Frig/Microwve, TV, & Place to ‘Set’ yr Suitcase on. CHECK IN: (dont know) -> ALPINE Motel
[Still are some rooms avlble for 2016, Mgr wrote me back yet we didn’t go – J.A ]
In the summer season, between May 1st – Oct 15th we require a 72 Hour cancellation notice. If you notify us 3 days prior to your cancellation there will be no charge. Inside of the 3 days expect to be charged for the full cost of your first nights stay, unless we can rent your room to someone else. SEE FAQ and ROOM PICS + RATES:
ADDR: 105 E. MAIN ST., COOKE CITY MT
Alpine Motel: CHECK IN: CHECK-out:
**there is a grocery & a RESTAURNT at Fishing Bridge http://yellowstoneparknet.com/lake_village_area/fishing_bridge.php
RANGER-LED WALKS & ‘CAMPFIRE CHAT @ 7:30 PM’ – JUNE 7 TO SEPT 7
Always Meet at NORRIS GEYSER Basin Museum or at NORRIS Campground campfire circle. 45 minutes fireside chat .
READ MORE >> http://www.yellowstone.co/ranger/norris.htm
CAMPING – FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED AT FOLLOWING:
http://www.yellowstoneparknet.com/park_campgrounds/pebble_creek_campground.php $15 a Nite
PEBBLE CRK CAMPGRD
TOWER FALLS CAMPGRD – $15 OPEN 5/22 to 9/28
Elevation: 6,600 feet
Vault Toilet Facilities
Showers two miles away at Roosevelt Lodge
> VISITOR CTR NEAR NORRIS GEYSERS OF INTEREST:
The Norris Geyser Basin Museum is located .25 mile east of Norris Junction just off the Grand Loop Road. National Historic Landmark.
NEW exhibits on Geothermal Geology, Norris Geyser Basin features, and life in THERMAL areas were installed in 1995.
For future: WOLF GUIDE HAS AMAZING TOUR [You Get to SEE Wolves in Nature, & Do Hikes, & Recv Food/Lodging ]. Guide@wolftracker.com – PKG Starts @ $500 ea. [for 5 Nite stay ] – Said one
gets picked up @ BOZEMAN ??