Yellowstone National Park in Park County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
Mt. Washburn Trail
Life Above Treeline
After a steady ascent through whitebark pine and fir forest the trail reaches alpine tundra – a wind-scoured world of stunted trees and briefly blooming wildflowers.
Mt. Washburn’s steep slopes and low groundcover are ideal habitat for bighorn sheep, marmots, and pikas. Stay alert for grizzly bears, especially in late summer and fall. Bear activity often closes trails in this area.
Above treeline the mountain seems to make its own weather. Storms materialize without warning, temperatures plunge, and it can snow any month of the year. Hike prepared for mountain weather: carry layers of clothing, including windbreaker, hat, and gloves.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 44° 49.429′ N, 110° 26.732′ W. Marker is in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, in Park County. Marker is on Chittenden Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Yellowstone National Park WY 82190, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Life in a Fire Tower (approx. 1.9 miles away); Towers in the Air (approx. 5.6 miles away); Petrified Tree (approx. 6.4 miles away); Mission 66 (approx. 6.6 miles away); A Golden Opportunity / Mission 66 in Yellowstone / The Mission Continues (approx. 6.6 miles away); Shifting Ground (approx. 6.9 miles away); Inspiration Point (approx. 6.9 miles away); Grand View (approx. 7.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Yellowstone National Park.
More about this marker. A photograph of wildflowers appears on the left side of the marker. It has a caption of “Alpine plants are uniquely adapted to harsh conditions but not to trail traffic. Off-trail hiking leaves ugly scars that can take decades to heal in the thin soil and short growing season.” A map of the Mt. Washburn trail is on the right side of the marker, with a caption of “This 3-mile trail gains 1,400 feet in elevation. Allow 4-5 hours round-trip. From the summit you can see the Beartooths, the Absarokas, and the Teton Range 100 miles away.”
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