Black Butte Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,038' 926 m
Descent: -4' -1 m
High: 9,871' 3,009 m
Low: 6,837' 2,084 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“The shortest route to Big Horn Peak is steep and steady, but full of great features and ample views.”— Jake Bramante
It crosses over the creek and begins to climb up the switchbacks on one of Big Horn Peak's ridges. The trail bounces through open meadows and a variety of stands of trees depending upon the slope's aspect. Views are intermittent, but when they open up, they are great as the surrounding terrain is full of hills and mountains. Keep an eye out to the north on King Butte's gray, gnarly face for brown, petrified trees.
As you switchback up the mountain, the trail gets steeper through an old burn. Keep an eye out for bighorn sheep through this area. Eventually, the trail breaks out onto the grassy slopes of Big Horn Peak and dissolves. Continue up to the summit, following posts with markers on them and enjoy the amazing views.
Turn around for an out-and-back or follow the Sky Rim Trail for more views.
This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Yellowstone content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.
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