The Lamar River Trail begins at one of the greatest parts of Yellowstone National Park...the Lamar Valley
! This is prime wildlife habitat...bison, wolves, grizzly bears, elk, and mule deer frequent the area. The first few miles cut across the valley floor with breathtaking views of the surrounding valley and mountains.
At about 3.7 miles from the TH, you reach the Cache Creek and the first two backcountry sites. Plan your trip for the right time of year so you can cross the river safely. Typically after the 4th of July will give you the best odds for water levels to be low, but consult with Backcountry Rangers first.
Once you cross the Cache Creek, the trail begins to climb. From here you'll go up and down following the Lamar River. The views are spectacular of the river below you! Along the way will be several more water crossings, and you'll be taking your boots off. There are many backcountry sites along the Lamar River, well spaced for seclusion. Be sure to have a permit.
At the south end of the trail, you'll need to cross the Lamar River if you plan on connecting to the Mist Creek Trail
to continue your through run.