Lower Ford Trail
ElevationAscent: 58' 18 m
Descent: -3' -1 m
High: 7,814' 2,382 m
Low: 7,757' 2,364 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)
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“The Lower Ford Trail leads to one of two fords to choose from in crossing the Yellowstone River.”— Tom Carter
The Trail Creek Trail ends with a choice of fords to cross the Yellowstone River. The Lower Ford (this trail) and the Upper Ford. Both are extremely difficult, even in August. The river is braided in spots and conditions of the fords change from year to year. Check both fords for the best one to use. Look for a wide spot where the water is likely to be shallowest, though even then you can expect a waist-deep ford in August. You should use a sounding pole to maintain balance and avoid holes.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park