Everything You Need to Know about Eagle Peak
Yellowstone National Park has an abundance of natural and geological features you will not find anywhere else in the world. Eagle Peak is the highest point in the park and was formed by volcanic activity and water erosion. Here’s everything you need to know about Eagle Peak.
Millions of years ago during the Eocene Age, intense volcanic activity took place in what is now known as Yellowstone National Park. Years later, an ice age set in, which covered the area in layers of ice over a thousand feet thick. Eventually that ice melted and eroded portions of the mountain forming creeks that ran through the peaks and valleys. This long process of natural formation resulted in Eagle Peak, set at 11,367 elevation atop the Absaroka Mountain Range. But it wasn’t until the 1930s that Eagle Peak would be deemed the highest point in Yellowstone.
Most expert hikers do not recommend hiking the peak itself, but there are ways you can still enjoy the beauty of Eagle Peak. Access the Eagle Pass Trail within Shoshone National Forest. You’ll cross over a foot bridge and walk along Eagle Creek until you reach the Washakie Wilderness Area. Hike about five more miles and you’ll enter Eagle Creek Meadows – keep your eyes out for moose! The hike is over 14 miles one way and ends at the pass where you can connect into Yellowstone through Mountain Creek Trail. From Eagle Pass, you’ll look out and see stunning views of Eagle Peak to the west.
The runoff from the southern slopes of Eagle Peak drains into Yellowstone Lake by way of Mountain Creek. Yellowstone Lake has the largest population of wild cutthroat trout in North America and is an important water source for wildlife.
Eagle Peak is just one of the many geological wonders of Yellowstone formed by extreme natural forces. On a tour with Scenic Safaris, our professional guides will inform you about the geology, history and wildlife of Yellowstone National Park, including the popular Old Faithful Geyser. Check out our tours and ATV rentals today!