Riverside Trail, West Yellowstone, Montana

Riverside Trail, West Yellowstone, Montana

There are a few trails out of West Yellowstone, Montana that are used as ski trails during the winter and hiking during the summer. One such trail is the Riverside Trail, I took an early morning hike on the Downriver Loop of the trail that takes you through the forest, across open meadows, then along the Madison River. Here are moments from my hike. (Click any pic to enlarge or watch video)

West Yellowstone Trailhead to Madison River.
I rode my bicycle down the one-mile path to the trailhead.
Upriver trailhead to Madison in Yellowstone.
Trailhead to the Downriver Loop. The road you see on the right leads from Yellowstone National Park to a few fly fishing spots on the Madison River.
Riverside Trail Map
3.5-mile hike. You can find these maps at a ranger station.
Trail through Yellowstone forest.
Sights from the trail before reaching the river.
Madison River in Yellowstone National Park.  Mountains in background.
I came around a corner and saw the Madison River. (See video above)
Otters at play in Madison River. Yellowstone.
A group of otters were playing in the river. They were swimming upstream and flipping around in the rapids against the rocks.
Geese flying away at Madison River.
These geese were coming in for a landing in the river when they spotted the otters. They did a quick turn-around and couldn’t fly away fast enough!
Fly fishing in Madison River.
I took a break by the river to dry out my shoes and socks that were soaked by the morning dew. These three young men were there with their father and a guide learning to fly fish.
Geese in Yellowstone.
I found those silly geese!
Ground squirrel playing in the field on Yellowstone Trail.
I made a new friend. I believe this is a Richardson’s ground squirrel. So cute!
Daisy on the Madison Riverside Trail.

It was an awesome morning. A solo hike is a great way to relax and clear the mind. Yes, I took my bear spray and was nervous for the first mile or so, after that I let that go and just took in the beauty of the forest around me. Well, with one hand on the bear spray trigger!

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