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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  • Yellowstone National Park has so many outstanding and unique geothermal features to visit, i.e. geysers, hot springs, mud pots, etc. etc., a person almost forgets that there are some pretty spectacula...  more »
  • Mount Washburn can be reached by 2 routes: 1) Dunraven Pass: 6 mi/9.6 km roundtrip, 1393 ft/425 m elevation gain, strenuous rating 2) Chittenden Road: 5 mi/8 km roundtrip, 1393 ft/425 m elevation gain...  more »
  • My friends and I recently hiked up Mount Washburn during our trip to Yellowstone in August. It's a popular day hike and is about 7 miles round trip. Parking was scarce in the lot at start of the trail...  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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