Yellowstone, Day 2

Our second day in Yellowstone started in the parking lot of Canyon Village. We ate a quick breakfast in the cafeteria and headed for Mt. Washburn. It was a short and sweet 3.1 mile climb to the summit. It was one of those hikes with a perfect grade–we didn’t feel like we were working but still managed to gain 1,400 feet!

Summit of Mt. Washburn (10,241 ft.)

After the hike we headed up the Lamar River Valley towards the Northeast entrance of the park. That was by far the most beautiful part of the park in my opinion–there were just some gorgeous mountain cliffs and the valley got nice and small as we approached the park entrance.

We debated going for a hike but we both had to admit that our legs were a little bit tired from the hike up Mt. Washburn so we decided it was time to head out of the park.

Porcelain Basin

On our way out we stopped at Norris Geyser Basin and saw some more geothermal features. After a brief grocery/McDonalds’ stop in West Yellowstone we headed west on a gravel road to spend the night on the northeastern edge of the Centennial Mountains, quite literally right on the Continental Divide!

Mr. Elk never moved so I could get a good shot of him. (Not on him…in a NP and not hunting season.)

We really enjoyed our drive along the Centennials Sunday morning. It’s definitely somewhere we want to keep in mind as a place to go hike and camp in the future.

On our way back to Missoula we stopped in Philipsburg and Garnet. Back at Andee & Colin’s Sprocket was sooo happy to see us!

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