Sheepeater Cliff Trail

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1.4 km
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11 m
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The Sheepeater Cliff Trail is a fantastic hike in Yellowstone National Park. This trail is family-friendly and appropriate for hikers of all skill levels. Don’t forget the camera on this one, the views along the Sheepeater Cliff Trail are absolutely breathtaking.

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Route Description for Sheepeater Cliff Trail

The Sheepeater Cliff Trail is a gorgeous hike in Yellowstone. However, this trail can get a bit icy in the late season. If you are visiting Yellowstone in October or later, we recommend bringing along a set of traction devices such as microspikes for some extra grip. With absolutely incredible views at every turn, the Sheepeater Cliff Trail is a photographer’s dream. This route truly is a hidden gem in Yellowstone National Park.

Beginning at the Sheepeater Picnic area, follow the path northeast along the Gardener River for about half a mile, then turn back and retrace your steps to the picnic site.

If you are looking for more to explore in the area, check out the Bunsen Peak Trail nearby.

Getting to the Sheepeater Cliff Trail Trailhead

This hike begins at the Sheepeater Picnic area on the east side of Grand Loop Road, approximately 11.3 km south of the Mammoth Visitors Center.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do

    April to November

  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly


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