Hike from Seven Mile Hole to Mount Washburn Spur

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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5.5-8h
Distance
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17.9 km
Elevation
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877 m
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The hike from Seven Mile Hole to the Mount Washburn Spur is a fantastic route for experienced hikers. This trail features diverse scenery and incredible views of Yellowstone National Park. If you are up for the challenge, this route is worth it.

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Route Description for Hike from Seven Mile Hole to Mount Washburn Spur

The hike from Seven Mile Hole to Mount Washburn is a challenging route with a big reward. Proper hiking footwear and lots of snacks and water are essential items for this route, and we strongly recommend bringing hiking poles on this trail to provide some support. As with any hike in Yellowstone, there is a chance that you will encounter bears. Before you set out on your hike, make sure that everyone in your hiking party is familiar with bear safety protocols. At least one member of your group should carry bear spray and know how to use it properly. If you do encounter wild animals on the trail, do not approach or feed them and be sure to admire them from a safe distance. With cascading waterfalls, geothermal wonders, and spectacular views, The Seven Mile Hole to Mount Washburn Spur Trail is truly incredible.

Beginning at the Glacial Boulder Trailhead, follow the path past the impressive 500-ton rock. This boulder was dropped here by a receding glacier over 80 000 years ago. Approximately one mile past the boulder, look for the Silvercord Cascade, a 366 m ribbon waterfall on the right-hand side of the trail. Past the Silvercord Cascade, you will enter the Geothermal Area, a zone with several dormant and active hot springs. For your safety, do not venture off the trail in this area. Thermal features can be dangerous and deadly. Past the Geothermal Area, stick to the trail on your left to follow the path as it climbs up to the top of Mount Washburn.

Take a well-deserved rest at the top of Mount Washburn and soak in the incredible views of the valley below and see if you can spy the Tetons way in the distance. From the summit, follow the south ridge, then descend via the sloping switchbacks to the trail’s end at Dunraven Pass.

Getting to the Hike from Seven Mile Hole to Mount Washburn Spur Trailhead

This hike begins at the Glacier Boulder Trailhead east of Canyon Village and ends at the Dunraven Pass Trailhead on Grand Loop Road

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    4E1

  • When to do

    June to October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Low

  • Route Type

    One Way

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