Views along this 7-mile loop are impressive right from the parking lot. Take in majestic meadows rimmed by the distant Gallatin Range before starting your hike from the Glen Creek Trailhead. The first few miles of this easy-to-follow path run along the base of Terrace Mountain, paralleling the curves of the Glen Creek. Watch for elk and bison while meandering along a wildflower-lined path en route to the northern flank of Terrace Mountain.
After 2.3 miles, the route turns east at a 3-way junction and climbs to the top of Snow Pass, a narrow saddle pinched between Terrace Mountain and Clagett Butte. After cresting the pass, the trail drops into an unnamed creek valley above Pinyon Terrace, then rounds to the south along Terrace Mountain’s eastern edge.
Finish the hike by taking in more views of the surrounding mountains and checking out the Hoodoos, a wonderland of boulders and rock pillars. After the Hoodoos, pass through a burned section of forest and close the loop at Waypoint 2. Turn left for the 0.2-mile trip back to the trailhead.
MORE PARK INFO: Yellowstone National Park, (307) 344-7381; nps.gov/yell/.
-Mapped by Jason Kauffman