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Lower Ford Trail

Difficult

Trail

0.8 mile 1.3 kilometer point to point
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 58' 18 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 7,814' 2,382 m
Low: 7,757' 2,364 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by Tom Carter

The Lower Ford Trail leads to one of two fords to choose from in crossing the Yellowstone River.

Tom Carter

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

The trail is in the Lake Spawn Bear Management Area. This short trail (and the Trail Creek Trail to which it leads) is closed from the trailhead to Outlet Creek from May 15 through July 14.

Description

Trail is rated "difficult" because of the challenging nature of the Yellowstone River ford.

The Trail Creek Trail ends with a choice of fords to cross the Yellowstone River. The Lower Ford (this trail) and the Upper Ford. Both are extremely difficult, even in August. The river is braided in spots and conditions of the fords change from year to year. Check both fords for the best one to use. Look for a wide spot where the water is likely to be shallowest, though even then you can expect a waist-deep ford in August. You should use a sounding pole to maintain balance and avoid holes.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Trail through the '88 burn. with permission from Hobbes7714 Photo Credit: Andrew Wahr  Link: https://twitter.com/WahrAndrew
Jun 1, 2016 near Yellows…, WY

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