World's Best Hikes: Wapiti Trail, Yellowstone

A guide's guide to her 10 favorite hikes on Earth

Adventure guide Kasey Austin has been in the business since she was six and has traveled extensively in Europe and the Americas. She leads tours of Yellowstone and Alaska for Austin-Lehman Adventures in Montana. Kasey picked 10 of her favorite hikes in the U.S. and worldwide.

Wapiti Trail, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Beginning with a hike across an open meadow, this trail meanders through lodgepole pine forests, past chalky white geothermal features, skirting a lily-pad dotted pond, and finally delivers you to the edge of the deep, multi-colored Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River.  As you carefully make your way back along the canyon wall, you’ll “ooh and ahh” around every bend as the pinks, yellows, reds, and oranges of the rock appear all the more bright as you walk the final section to Artist Point, the most spectacular viewpoint of the Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River, a 308 foot tall waterfall!

3.5 miles point to point


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