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A Hike Down Firehole Meadows Trail in Yellowstone National Park

Updated on June 21, 2012
Fire Meadow, Yellowstone National Park
Fire Meadow, Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park holds a special place in my heart. I spent a summer cleaning cabins at the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. I've also visited the park two other times to hike. Like many popular national parks, Yellowstone is crazy busy during the summer. Don't let this deter you from making the trip. Most people stick to the main attractions and maybe the first mile or two of hiking trails. If you can get past that, you will find yourself alone in some of the most beautiful and awestriking wilderness in America.

wildflowers along trail to Fire Meadow, Yellowstone National Park
wildflowers along trail to Fire Meadow, Yellowstone National Park

Firehole Meadows

Yellowstone National Park is jam-packed full of trails just waiting to be explored. The scenery within in the park is so diverse you could cater your travels around whatever you want whether it's mountains, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife, or thermal activity. Yellowstone truly has it all. There are websites and guidebooks that can help you find the right trail. You could also go the local ranger station and see what they recommend. If you plan on camping overnight in the backcountry, make sure you get a permit in advance.

During my last trip to Yellowstone, my husband and I hiked the Firehole Meadows trail after spending the night at a campground near the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. The first part of the trail offered a gorgeous view of some falls, so there was quite a bit of traffic. As we hiked on, the crowd became nonexistant and we found ourselves alone in the forests with a breathtaking view of the park and the surrounding areas. The trail made its way deeper into the forests and we passed ponds and wildflowers patches. One thing I really enjoyed about this trail was the balance of elevation changes. I love climbing mountains, but it's also nice to hike trails that are not so gruesomely straight up. The end of the trail takes down you down into a breathtaking meadow with a quiet winding stream meandering through it. This is a great spot to get water. Make sure as always you treat it before drinking.

We camped in a little grove of trees a good distance from the water. Camping too close to water is not allowed at many parks. In Yellowstone, there are designated camping areas. We got our spot from the rangers at the park station. Despite being August, it got pretty cold that night.

view of Yellowstone from Fire Meadow Trail
view of Yellowstone from Fire Meadow Trail
Fire Meadow Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Fire Meadow Trail, Yellowstone National Park

It's always important to stay on designated trails when hiking in the backcountry. In Yellowstone this is especially the case. Thermal activity is what the park is known for. The last thing you want is for your last experience on Earth to be the discovery of a new hot spot or geyser. Also, take care when you are driving around the park. There is wildlife everywhere. Hitting a bison or elk will do serious damage to the animal and your vehicle. Remember that the wildlife is wild. A bison is not the backdrop you want for your child's Yellowstone picture.


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      6 years ago from Utah

      You're welcome Mhatter99! I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      did this many moons ago. Thank you for this

    • brenda12lynette profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Utah

      Thanks Sherry! The great thing about Yellowstone is you really can get a great taste of it just by driving through, but you should definitely go back for more!

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      Sherry Hewins 

      6 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      Thank you for this little virtual hike, love the photos. I have only ridden through Yellowstone on a motorcycle, but I want to go back someday for a closer look.

    • brenda12lynette profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Utah

      Thanks Angela!!

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      This is truely beautiful! I will share!

    • brenda12lynette profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Utah

      Thanks billbuc! You'll love working at Yellowstone! Living at the park allows you to enjoy so much more of it! You're able to find all the nooks and crannies that tourists don't know about.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My favorite place on Earth! I have walked this trail many times; in a couple years I'm going to get a summer job at Yellowstone and then I'll be soooooo happy! Great hub!

    • brenda12lynette profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Utah

      Thanks snowdrops! It was a beautiful hike. My husband took the pictures.

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      6 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      I like your hub, very descriptive and bautiful plus with those photos.

    • brenda12lynette profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Utah

      Outbound Dan, you definitely need to go. When you do, make sure to visit the Grand Tetons, too. They are directly south of Yellowstone. It will be well worth the trip!

      bankscottage, there are plenty of amazing day hikes, as well. I'll try to get around to posting a hub about the day hike we did while we there last time. Just make sure to plan ahead if you want a cabin. They fill up quickly and stay booked all summer!

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Yellowstone is also on my list, I just don't know when. Beautiful pictures. Unlike you and Outbound Dan, I am more of a day hiker. I will sleep in a tent but prefer an RV or better yet, a cabin or B & B. When I go, I'll have to plan well for day hikes away from the crowds.

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      Dan Human 

      6 years ago from Niagara Falls, NY

      Great description of the trail - makes me want to visit. Like many things, a backpacking trip in Yellowstone is on my "realistic" bucket list.

      Nice quiz - I scored 100%, I must have been paying attention.


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