“Campsite spur leads to the north-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 North Hellroaring Confluence Spur begins 2.3 miles from the Hellroaring Creek Trailhead. The short 1.2-mile trail leads to the confluence of Hellroaring Creek and the Yellowstone River, and it provides access to campsites 2H3 and 2H1. The trail splits to the left just after the main trail fords Hellroaring Creek. Visitors are advised not to attempt to ford Hellroaring Creek until August (if at all). The ford can be avoided by taking a 4-mile detour upstream, using the 2-mile Hellroaring Stock Cutoff Trail
to reach a stock bridge crossing of Hellroaring Creek. Once across the creek, use the main Hellroaring Creek Trail
to come back down stream.
The North Hellroaring Confluence Spur closely follows Hellroaring Creek to the confluence. 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.
Campsite 2H3 is just .2 miles from the start. The trail continues another mile and terminates at the confluence. Near by is campsite 2H1. It is a delightful spot. 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.