I am doing a four day visit to Yellowstone at the end of July - staying at Lake Lodge - and I would like to do a couple of the shorter day hikes. I have downloaded a few routes from the NPS Yellowstone site and I also have the Yellowstone Day Hikes (Ranger's Guide To) book on its way from Amazon.
I have been reading about the bears and what precautions to take to avoid problems but I was wondering if it is actually safe to hike the trails alone.
Ones I have earmarked so far are:
- but I am open to suggestions of any alternatives.
I regularly walk reasonable (8-10 miles) distances so I'm fairly fit but having had a heart attack 10 years ago I would prefer nothing too strenuous. :-)
I also noted the following - "The trail can be wet and muddy through July with many biting insects."
How wet and muddy?