Day Hike Up Mount Washburn - Yellowstone National Park
Pictures enlarge if you click on them.Catherine and I hiked up Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park. We climbed from the Chittenden Road parking area to the 10,243 foot summit. The hike was about 6 miles round trip. Mount Washburn was named for its discoverer, former Civil War general and U.S. Congressman Henry D. Washburn, who was the surveyor general of Montana after the war.
On the way to the top of Mount Washburn we saw this Yellow-bellied Marmot (Rock Chuck). The Yellow-bellied Marmot reside in colonies of about 10 to 20. Each male marmot digs a burrow soon after he wakes up from hibernation. He then starts looking for females and by summer has 1 to 4 females living with him. Litters usually average 2-5 offspring per female. Yellow-bellied Marmots burrows include "toilet rooms" in their burrows as well as living rooms, bedrooms and eating rooms.
At some points the trail was completely covered in snow. This made the hiking a little tiring.
The most difficult part of the trail was around this narrow point to the left. It was covered in snow and a very steep drop on the side.
We had a few rain squalls on the way up. Now its just cold brisk breezes.
From the summit you can see the Absaroka Mountains to the east, Canyon and Yellowstone Lake to the South and the Gallatin Mountains to the west and north.
Yellowstone National Park has three fire towers, each staffed by trained fire fighters including one on top of Mount Washburn.
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