Emigrant Peak Trail

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Emigrant Peak Trail

6 miles

Duration: 4-7 hours 

Difficulty: Very hard

Elevation Gain: 4,687 feet 

Activities: Hiking, skiing 

Crowds: Light traffic

Emigrant Peak is a formidable mountain in the Absaroka Range, towering over Paradise Valley and the town of Emigrant. The ascent is relentless from the start—this is a trail for fit hikers only. The trail passes through timber and meadows at the lower elevations; after parallelling a long livestock fence, the trail fades and soon disappears. Just keep hiking up. Above treeline, follow the northwest ridge, scrambling over rocks and scree, past several false peaks until you reach the summit. Carry bear spray.  

Seasonal Conditions
Be aware of afternoon thunderstorms during the summer months—this 10,000-plus-foot peak is a veritable lightning rod. During the winter, skiers can hike up; just be aware and knowledgable of avalanche conditions. 

From Livingston, head south on Hwy. 89 to Emigrant. Follow
 East River Rd. to Sixmile Creek Rd. (toward Dailey Lake and Sixmile Creek). Follow this gravel road for approximately 4 miles until you reach a small fenced-in parking lot on the left. Drive through the gate and into the Sixmile Creek drainage, then turn left toward the Gold Prize Creek trailhead.

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