Hiking Project Logo

greenBlue Imperial Meadows Trail

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Trail

1.7 mile 2.7 kilometer point to point
Singletrack
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 39' 12 m
Descent: -41' -12 m
High: 7,251' 2,210 m
Low: 7,215' 2,199 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 3% (2°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Jake Bramante

A wide open marshy meadow with hydrothermal features, bison, and a faint trail.

Jake Bramante

Features Birding · Spring · Wildlife

Area is closed March 10 through the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Bring bear spray. Keep an eye out for the wet areas of the trail, and be especially careful to avoid boiling pools - the trail often passes very close to them.

Description

This trail breaks off from the old freight road and crosses broad meadows broken up by clumps of trees. Right after you start out on the trail, the Fairy Falls Trail breaks off to the left. Continue straight to some hydrothermal pools. From the the trail continues through wide open meadows. The trail is faint in these areas, so look for orange markers in the sporadic clumps of trees.

The trail crosses the largest meadow, follows along some trees, then works its way up a meadow in some trees which gradually necks down to just a trail through some trees where it eventually joins up with the Sentinel Meadows Trail.

At this junction, a bonus side trip is to follow along the trees to stay out of the wet grass as you head west. Look for an old log pathway and use that as a guide to head out to the old Queen's Laundry. Queen's Laundry was to be a bath house for visitors, but was never completed. The log remains exist near a couple of beautiful pools.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visithike734.com for more expert Yellowstone content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Meadow flowers in the spring and early summer. Bison and elk can be spotted as well as raptors and sandhill cranes.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

Aug 25, 2017
Kim Kim
Sep 24, 2016
Josh Bentley

Stewarded By


Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 3 votes

#12

in Old Faithful

#7535

Overall
  4.0 from 3 votes
5 Star
0%
4 Star
100%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Rankings

#12

in Old Faithful

#165

in Wyoming

#7,535

Overall
9 Views Last Month
305 Since Sep 9, 2015
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

33%
67%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking