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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  • My sisters and brother and I still remember the trip we took up Mt. Washburn in the late 1950's. We wanted to take one of the tour buses but there were so many people waiting that the people in charge...  more »
  • We visited Yellowstone the last week of June and had great weather. We got up at 4:30 AM to go watch the wildlife come to life before the traffic and crowds drove them back to the woods. After watchin...  more »
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  • This is an amazing hike. Definitely worth the time and effort getting to the top to see the view as well as the big horn sheep, marmot and pika along the way. You can see in all directions from the top, mountains all around. There's a bathroom up top and a small tower. Bring a picnic and relax for a bit before hiking down.
  • Great views from the top across Yellowstone. Can be a bit windy so hold on to your hat. Parking likely busy so get there early.

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