A few possibilities

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Posted by Ballpark Frank ( on 11:29:26 05/21/14

In Reply to: Some advice.... posted by Jim


This was a big snow winter, so some hikes might be snowy, or at least way sloppy/muddy, in early June. That could easily be the case with the DeLacy Creek trail, given its location.

There is less chance of snow once you get down to the lower elevation between Old Faithful and West. You can always hoof it out to Lone Star Geyser, which offers a pleasant journey along the side of the Upper Firehole River.

Mallard Lake, or even the Mallard Lake Loop, might be doable, but you might run into a bit of snow as you approach the lake.

Fairy Falls is always a great destination. You can continue on to visit Imperial Geyser.

I fear that many of the other hikes in that area, like Fairy Meadows and Sentinel Meadows, might be pretty swampy that early in this summer.

If it is open, you could trek up the west side of the Mary Mountain trail, paralleling Nez Perce Creek.

One other possibility would be Purple Mountain, close to Madison Junction. You might have to walk on snow the last 1/4 mile, but the view from up top is well worth it.

There is one other hike to consider; and that is the one that departs from the Seven Mile Bridge area, heading northwest. It is a trail whose name I am forgetting. It might be part of the Cougar Creek network. I know you can take it all the way to where it meets Hwy 191, north of West Yellowstone. We have walked the first 3 to 5 miles of it, then retraced our steps back to Seven Mile Bridge. This should be a relatively dry hike, with the possible exception of a low area after you descend the hill that borders the Madison River.

The weather between now and your visit may play a key role in how much snow and mud remain on some of these trails, so you might want to keep track of that.


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