Mount Washburn peaks at over 10,000 feet and is a part of the Washburn Range, which lies entirely within Yellowstone National Park. At the top of the mountain, hikers can find a working fire tower with a visitor center and an observation deck from which they can view the rest of the park.
Two main routes are followed by most hikers, and whether you ascend from Dunraven Pass or the Chittenden parking lot, be prepared for a steep climb. Wildflowers are abundant in the summer, and you'll likely spot wildlife roaming the mountainside terrain or flying above you. On a clear day, you can see the Teton Range, and you'll enjoy views of between 20 to 50 miles in every direction. Because the hiking paths used to be used by stagecoaches and wagons, they are wide, and as you progress your way up the mountain you'll likely experience different microclimates. Be sure to bring layers of clothing and plenty of water.
The first documented ascent of the peak took place in 1870. A group of hikers, led by Henry Washburn, made it to the top and marveled at the sights they were rewarded with. Since then, adventurists have ventured up the slopes to marvel at the beauty of the area.
If you're planning a trip to Yellowstone National Park, set aside a day to climb Mount Washburn to get a complete experience in one of America's finest parks. Yellowstone is located at the northwestern corner of Wyoming, and you can fly into Jackson and have that city serve as your home base.