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 »
  • Afternoon road hike to the top on my 2013 8 State road trip. Stated by USA Today or some such site to be the best hike in the USA. I'd have to disagree, but see for yourself. Summit panoramas, telephotos, and video at my website.
  • I worked in the summer of 2010 for Canyon Maintenance I would hike this puppy religiously after work. Great workout! Great views! Be mindful of a momma with cubs. You do not wanna bump uglies with a grizzly bear.
  • Absolutely amazing views from top. There's a nice bonus that the top of the mountain has great cell coverage which is extremely limited in Yellowstone. There is also a bathroom and observation area at the top with a trash can and ample seating. Bring a camera and just experience the views. I highly recommend this hike for hikers of almist any skill level.
  • You gotta go early or late in the year because of crowds but it is a great view and relatively easy for a mtn. Over 10,000 feet. Make sure to take your camera and a friend.
  • Cool views of the park. Lots of snow still on the trail on 6/29 fyi

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