Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park

Mount Washburn, elevation, is a prominent mountain peak in the Washburn Range in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The peak was named in 1870 to honor Henry D. Washburn, leader of the Washburn–Langford–Doane Expedition. The Washburn Range is one of two mountains ranges completely within the boundaries of Yellowstone.HistoryOn August 29, 1870, members of the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition ascended the peak they named Mount Washburn after their expedition leader, Henry D. Washburn. A portion of Lt.Gustavus Cheyney Doane's description is quoted below:Mount Washburn became a very popular tourist attraction early in the park's history. Many tourist accounts tell of a trip to the summit of Mount Washburn. In 1879, Mrs. Elizabeth D. Wickes of Boulder, Montana, in a party of eight men and five ladies, spent six weeks touring the park. Her account of Mount Washburn follows:In 1914, two years before automobiles were allowed in Yellowstone, noted author Elbert Hubbard and his wife Alice spent two weeks touring Yellowstone. In a short article written after the trip—A Little Journey to the Yellowstone Hubbard described his visit to Mount Washburn.Mount Washburn trailsViews from the summit include much of the northern section of Yellowstone National Park and on clear days, the Teton Range is also visible. The mountain trails are some of the most frequented in the park, so summer hikes can be crowded. With an altitude gain of 1,393 feet (424 m) in 3 miles (4.8 km), the hike from Dunraven Pass to the summit is moderate. Another trail which climbs 1,491 feet (454 m) in only 2.25 miles (3.6 km) starts from the Chittenden parking area.
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  • It's not comparable to Avalanche Peak but a normal tourist will be able to hike to the top of it on a wide trail. There you'll see the area around Grand Canyon of Yellowstone.  more »
  • We hiked up via the Chittenden Road. We started off around 11 am. The road is wide and well maintained. The two of us aren't in the greatest shape (43 yrs old and 74 yrs old) so we took it slow and ea...  more »
  • We hiked Mt. Washburn on September 29. Beautiful day with lots of sun which made the 40 degree temps feel warmer. Be aware that right now there is lots of snow on the mountain from bottom to top. It w...  more »
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  • A great place to take the kids for a walk up hill but very worth while. Has a great view from the top. can see for mile around, a great place to take it all in.
  • Great trail to the top of Mt Washburn. This is a great hike with well maintained trails. Great opportunities to see flora and fauna. From the top the view is amazing, you can see the "Grand Canyon of Yellowstone," parts of Montana. When starting out we were rather warm, but as you gain elevation and lose the shelter of the trees it can be rather cool/cold. Also we were caught in a light rainstorm that made us glad we had packed in layers. Rain gear seemed like overkill when the sun was shining at the start, but was welcomed when the temp dropped and we got wet.
  • Greet hike - around 4 hours with return (high fitness)
  • One of my favorite parts of the park. We saw plenty of mountain goats, marmots, and some weird quail looking thing. I took the Chittenden road route and it took about 4 .5 hours round trip. And that was with a 30 minute break at the top. Check the weather before doing this hike.
  • It take about 2 hour for a round trip. It's a good place for taking a walk. But if you don't have too much time in Yellowstone, I think you can skip here.

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As one of the U.S.'s most popular national parks, Yellowstone provides plenty of options for sleeping within its boundaries. Choose from lodges, inns, cabins, hotels, motels, and campgrounds throughout the park. Most of the structured accommodations lie in the park's most-visited areas, such as Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Falls, Old Faithful Geyser, and Yellowstone Lake. Staying on the northern side of the lake puts you right in the heart of the park, making it relatively convenient to visit other areas. Resorts, lodges, and guest ranches line the road just outside the park's east entrance, and a cluster of motels and hotels fills the town of West Yellowstone near the west entrance. You can also opt for lodges and inns to the north in Gardiner, Montana, or find nearly every type of accommodation to the south in Jackson, Wyoming. Staying outside the park is fine if you plan to drive through in a day and catch the highlights, but you'll want to spend at least one night inside the park if you plan to explore it more thoroughly.
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