Sky Rim Trail - Yellowstone National Park

Length: 21 miles

Trail Begins: Dailey Creek Traihead

Trail Ends: Dailey Creek Traihead

The Sky Rim Trail provides the best prolonged dose of mountain scenery in Yellowstone. As it follows the boundary ridge of the park the trail offers exciting views of mountain ranges in all directions, as well as traveling to the summit of two mountains itself. Be certain to bring plenty of water on this hike because the only source of water is melting snow, which may be gone by mid August. Several sections of this trail are steep and rocky. Watch your footing. Chances of seeing wildlife along this route are very good. Elk and bighorn sheep feed in high meadows visible from the trail. Ravens, hawks and eagles may be spotted soaring above or even below you. Marmots and pikas scurry among the rocks near the trail. From junction of Dailey Creek Trail with Sky Rim Trail to: Bighorn Peak (5.1 miles), Junction with Specimen Creek Trail (8 miles), Sheep Mountain (9.2 miles). Starting from the end of the Dailey Creek Trail, at Daly Pass, the Sky Rim Trail begins climbing up the boundary ridge. The ridge consists of a series of small summits that must be ascended then descended. There are good views of the Gallatin Range and Ramshorn Peak to the north. After a final steep climb of 600 feet, the summit of Bighorn Peak is reached. The junction with the Black Butte Trail is located here. From the summit the Sky Rim Trail descends and traverses three more small summits to the junction with the Specimen Creek Trail. (The Specimen Creek Trail travels 1/2 mile down to Shelf Lake and then 8 more miles out to Highway 191). From the junction, the Sky Rim Trail continues steeply up Sheep Mountain, climbing about 1,000 feet in one mile to the summit. Look for bighorn sheep that are occasionally spotted in this area.

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Phone: 307-344-7381

The Sky Rim Trail starts at the end of the Dailey Creek Trail, at Daly Pass.

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Bird Watching, Hiking, Nature, Outdoor Activity, Photography, Picnicking, Sightseeing, Wildlife Viewing