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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  • I had done this hike for the first time in mid-July 2017 and it was a must do for this year’s trip as well. In July 2017 none of the trail was blocked by snow although we did encounter snow in one spo...  more »
  • We really wanted to hike this trail for the views. We checked with the park ranger, and she said it was open. Unfortunately, as we arrived it started raining, then turned to sleet. We decided to walk ...  more »
  • This is a nice hike to the top of Mt Washburn. The gradient is pretty much the same throughout and it is a well defined path. That is apart from the areas that the snow had drifted to and collected. T...  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)
  • From September of 2009, nice little hike to break us in. 1400' elevation gain, started at 1000, finished at 1235, 5.6 miles r/t.
  • 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.
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