ElevationAscent: 408' 124 m
Descent: -90' -27 m
High: 6,648' 2,026 m
Low: 6,253' 1,906 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 20% (11°)
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“After a difficult ford, this short pleasant trail follows Slough Creek to beautiful "First Meadow."”— Tom Carter
After fording Slough Creek, the Soldiers Trail continues to the right following Slough Creek upriver. At the .6-mile mark the trail veers away from the creek and begins a gradual 370-foot climb, the top of which is reached at the 1.4-mile mark. Unlike most of Yellowstone which is covered by volcanic lava flows and other volcanic debris, the exposed rock in this area is mostly granite, some uncovered by and others brought in by glaciers. The same glaciers that carved the broad Slough Creek valley. The trees in the area are mostly Engelmann spruce and subalpine fir, intermixed with the lodgepole pine (two-needled) and a few big Douglas firs.
At the 1.6-mile mark, the trail drops a bit and enters Slough Creek’s First Meadow from the west. The trail ends where the Buffalo Creek Trail rises up from the meadow on the right and joins the Soldiers Trail.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.
Local Club: Yellowstone Association
May 31, 2019: Yellowstone Hiking 101
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park