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Yellowstone National Park: Electric Peak

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Distance: 10.3 miles


This 20.6-mile out-and-back in the northern reaches of Yellowstone National Park culminates with panoramic views from the rocky crown of Electric Peak.
  • Electric Peak
  • Trailhead
  • The Distant Peak
  • Traversing the Trail
  • Plains Before Peaks
  • Entering the Forest
  • Sprawling Grassland
  • Trail Sign
  • Trail Views
  • Campground Sign
  • Electric Peak
  • Misty Peak
  • Clouds Sweep the Summit
  • Flanked by Firs
  • Trail Views
  • The Approach
  • Goat on the Slope
  • Family Outing
  • Foot of Electric Peak
  • Rest
  • Ram on the Rocks
  • Stare Down
  • Forest Below
  • Fin
  • Scaling the Scree
  • Peak in Reach
  • Slick Slope
  • Misty Monolith
  • Base of Boulders
  • Frosted Footing
  • Summit Views
  • The Descent
  • A Look Back
  • Cloud Shroud

Featuring a memorable mix of plains, peaks, and wildlife, this 20.6-mile trek scales the scree-laden slopes of Electric Peak for unobstructed views across Yellowstone National Park. The route begins on the south side of Kingman Pass at Glen Creek Trailhead and travels east through the sagebrush grasslands. (Keep an eye out for grizzly and bison that roam the area.)

Cruise past a few trail junctions and remain on the path that points directly for the pyramid-shaped Electric Peak. Past the plains, the trail continues up a small river valley and then ducks into a thick forest of Douglas fir. At mile 6, continue straight at a 3-way junction to spend the night at campsite 1G3 or 1G4.

Next day: Backtrack to the 3-way junction and turn left to tackle the climb up Electric Peak. Near the summit, veer left at a noticeable notch to bypass a crumbling fin of rock and traverse the loose scree at its base. After 10.3 miles, the route crests Electric Peak. Gaze out across Yellowstone National Park; look south for views of the Tetons. Follow the same route back to the trailhead.

PERMIT: Overnight camping in Yellowstone National Park requires a backcountry permit. Check out the latest fees and more details at nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/backcountryhiking.htm.

MORE PARK INFO: Yellowstone National Park, (307) 344-7381; nps.gov/yell/.

-Mapped by Jeff Chow

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