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Imperial Meadows Trail

Intermediate
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A wide open marshy meadow with hydrothermal features, bison, and a faint trail.


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1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

100%

Runnable

7,251' 2,210 m

High

7,215' 2,199 m

Low

39' 12 m

Up

41' 12 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

3%

Max Grade (2°)

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Features Birding · Spring · Wildlife

Area is closed March 10 through the Friday of Memorial Day weekend. Bring bear spray. Keep an eye out for the wet areas of the trail, and be especially careful to avoid boiling pools - the trail often passes very close to them.

Runner Notes

Trail is mostly level, but can be very wet with small, hidden streams going through the meadows. Also be on the lookout for boiling pools as the trail goes right near them and can be dangerous.

Description

This trail breaks off from the old freight road and crosses broad meadows broken up by clumps of trees. Right after you start out on the trail, the Fairy Falls Trail breaks off to the left. Continue straight to some hydrothermal pools. From the the trail continues through wide open meadows. The trail is faint in these areas, so look for orange markers in the sporadic clumps of trees.

The trail crosses the largest meadow, follows along some trees, then works its way up a meadow in some trees which gradually necks down to just a trail through some trees where it eventually joins up with the Sentinel Meadows Trail.

At this junction, a bonus side trip is to follow along the trees to stay out of the wet grass as you head west. Look for an old log pathway and use that as a guide to head out to the old Queen's Laundry. Queen's Laundry was to be a bath house for visitors, but was never completed. The log remains exist near a couple of beautiful pools.

This content was created by Jake Bramante of Hike 734. Visit hike734.com for more expert Yellowstone content and maps that help you decide which trail to hike.

Flora & Fauna

Meadow flowers in the spring and early summer. Bison and elk can be spotted as well as raptors and sandhill cranes.

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Jake Bramante

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View of Imperial Meadows about 100 yards from the old freight road.
Apr 25, 2016 near Yellows…, WY

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