“Campsite spur leads to the south-side confluence of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River.”
— Tom Carter
River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
The area is frequented by grizzly bears, especially early in the season when they feed on elk carrion that failed to survive the harsh winter. Follow all bear precautions. No wood fires are permitted at theses campsites. A Yellowstone fishing permit is required to fish.
The South Hellroaring/Yellowstone Confluence Spur begins 2 miles from the Hellroaring Creek Trailhead. The trail splits to the left just before the main trail fords Hellroaring Creek. The short 1.4-mile trail leads to the confluence of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River, and it provides access to campsites 2H4 and 2H2.
The spur trail closely follows Hellroaring Creek the whole way. The creek is said to have received its name from an early prospector who went ahead of his party to scout a route along the Yellowstone River. Upon his return, he reported that the next creek to be crossed was a real "hell roarer" and the name stuck.
At the .7-mile mark, the trail reaches campsite 2H4. The trail continues another .7 miles and terminates at the confluence. Near by is campsite 2H2. It is a delightful spot, with a somewhat sandy beach shaded by one large cottonwood and a number of Douglas-fir trees.
You may want to bring your fishing gear along. Angling for cutthroat trout is excellent in both Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River.
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone
Flora & Fauna
Chance to see elk, buffalo, coyote, and grizzly.