Hiking in Yellowstone National Park
While the kids were still sleeping in their tent, we decided to go for some more hiking in Yellowstone National Park. We left a note telling them we would be back in two hours. Walking at dawn is always rewarding since the animals are active and the light to take pictures is beautiful.
We went to the “Natural Bridge” trailhead close to the Bridge Bay camping grounds and walked the 2.5-mile there-and-back trail. The steep hiking trail meanders through the forest, partly over a service road. The natural bridge is a 51-foot (18 m) cliff of rhyolite rock cut through by the Bridge Creek! And with no other hikers around us, the place felt magical and serene!
We were back at the tents two hours later, and the lads hadn’t even noticed we had been away! After our early lunch, we invited them to hike several more short trails in the area. However, both just wanted to stay and relax in their tent, play cards together, or play on their GameBoys. And so, only the two of us drove to the “Storm Point’ trailhead to start our second hike of the day.
We enjoyed the off-the-beaten-path, quiet, uncrowded “Storm Point” trail. The easy 2.3 miles loop began with beautiful open views overlooking the Indian Pond and Yellowstone Lake and continued through the trees to Storm Point. I was nervous because we were walking in “bear country.” Thankfully, we did not see any!
.Our Last Hike in Yellowstone!
Afterward, we went to the “Pelican Creek Nature Trail” to hike our last mile through an open wetland near the lake with a spectacular mountain view.