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Day Hike Up Mount Washburn - Yellowstone National Park

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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.

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We could see the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River from the trail.

The trail began to be covered in snow the higher we hiked up Mt. Washburn.

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.

Yes, the road you see below is where we started hiking and we aren't even half way to the top yet.

There were beautiful views of Yellowstone Park from the trail.

At some points the trail was completely covered in snow. This made the hiking a little tiring.

Don't slip on the snow, it's a long way down.

Yes, that is Catherine in the distance.

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.

Yes, the air is thin and I am tired.

But, I am going to make it.

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Keep on going Catherine. We will rest when we reach the top.

Yeah, we can see the summit.

We had a few rain squalls on the way up. Now its just cold brisk breezes.

The 10,243 foot summit of Mount Washburn.

The Mt. Washburn Lookout at the summit of Mt. Washburn. It was nice to get warm again.

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.

Hey Catherine. Now we have to hike back down.

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Blogger GMG said...

Hi John,
Beautiful pictures! When did you hike the Mountain? It seems to still have some snow around... How long did it take?
Have a great week!

May 25, 2008 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed hiking Mount Washburn too -

December 27, 2008 10:00 AM  
Anonymous chris said...

Great pics. I can't wait to do this hike when I go there this summer. What time of year was this done in?

December 11, 2009 1:33 AM  

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