ElevationAscent: 3,631' 1,107 m
Descent: -3,649' -1,112 m
High: 12,330' 3,758 m
Low: 8,681' 2,646 m
GradeAvg Grade: 13% (8°)
Max Grade: 99% (45°)
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“A beautiful valley, a pleasant trail, good campsites, and few people.”— Thomas David Kehoe
If you would like more information about parking, transportation or popularity of this trail, check out Hike Vail.
At 3.4 miles there is a an old cabin and a campsite.
At 3.8 miles the trail emerges from the forest and ends. The rest of the valley is open country above timberline. An intermittent mountain goat trail can be followed.
Look for a cairn at 4.0 miles. If you're looking to camp, the best campsite is at 4.1 miles, above some large ponds.
The base of Bighorn Pass is at 4.8 miles. Bighorn Pass is reached at 5.1 miles. The pass should only be attempted by experienced runners, without backpacks.
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Land Manager: USFS - White River National Forest Office
Feb 19, 2020: Forest Service seeks comments on Yellowjacket Project