“An important trail (part of a 4-mile detour) used to avoid a dangerous ford of Hellroaring Creek.
— Tom Carter
River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The area is frequented by grizzly bears, especially early in the season when they feed on elk carrion that failed to survive the harsh winter.
The Hellroaring Stock Cutoff Trail is a 2-mile trail used by horsemen AND hikers to reach a stock bridge crossing of Hellroaring Creek
. Hikers following the Hellroaring Creek Trail
or the Yellowstone River Trail
are advised not to attempt to ford Hellroaring Creek
until August (if at all).
Using the Hellroaring Stock Cutoff Trail to reach the bridge (2 miles up river) and then following the Hellroaring Creek Trail
back, makes a 4-mile detour. But it’s worth it! Not only will you make it safely across, but you’ll also enjoy great views of Hellroaring Creek
, named in 1867 by gold prospectors who said it was a real "hell roarer."
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone
Flora & Fauna
Chance to see elk, buffalo, coyote, and grizzly.