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Mount Washburn, Yellowstone National Park

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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 a little tricky getting up to the top, the gravel road makes a little difficult and narrow. It's not open all the time, so just watch for opening, but the view up here is worth it. 
  • This is one of the more strenuous hikes in the park. For much of it you are exposed above the tree line. If you are not up for a challenge or the weather is iffy choose a different hike. The view from...  read more »
  • Mountain Washburn is one of the highest places in Yellowstone. You can just continue with the car, but also some walks. At the time we were there by reason was the bright to it snow so stop not really optimal. You have often beautiful view points.
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