ElevationAscent: 70' 21 m
Descent: -70' -21 m
High: 2,920' 890 m
Low: 2,878' 877 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (10°)
“Explore a historically and ecologically significant site along the Yellowstone River, following a path and a boardwalk.”— Amber Scott
Features Birding · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
Family Friendly While not suited for strollers, the boardwalk and trails are wide and smooth, making them easily navigable for young children. The interpretive sites along the trail and in the center are engaging.
Past the Interpretive Center, the paved walking path continues towards the 150 foot tall, sandstone pillar. The trail splits, and part loops towards the Yellowstone River, and the other part changes to a boardwalk with a series of steps and landings. The boardwalk reaches the pillar right where Captain William Clark carved his name into the stone on July 25th, 1806. Check out Clark's name, alongside numerous other markings and names from the past several centuries—but please practice leave no trace, and remember that these aren't an invitation to leave your own mark!
Continue along the boardwalk to more views of the Yellowstone River and birdwatching opportunities. Head back towards the parking lot, and consider following the trail to the riverwalk or stopping at one of the picnic tables for a snack.
Other people—including trappers, hunters, railroad workers, miners, military—passing through the area also made marks in the soft stone. Most notoriously, Captain William Clark carved his name into the pillar when passing through the Yellowstone Valley in 1806. The interpretive center tells the story of the Lewis and Clark expedition, focusing on their time in the valley.
Hiked this trail?
We need help with the following missing trail information:
ADA Accessible, Need to Know
Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.
Land Manager: BLM Montana/Dakotas