Hellroaring Creek in Yellowstone National Park, Montana, USA.
The hike begins by crossing the foot bridge over Black Canyon with the powerful Yellowstone River roaring below.
The sturdy bridge over Black Canyon provides excellent views of the Yellowstone River with roaring white water pounding and reverberating through the vertical and rugged stone walls of Black Canyon.
The hike continues across rolling, open grassland punctuated by sagebrush over generally flat terrain with occasional uneven features until we arrive at a very beautiful, small, dry marsh.
Arrival at Hellroaring Creek occurs a short distance past the dry marsh. Water levels are very low and the creek bed, strewn with large boulders, provides a relaxing spot and the perfect place to enjoy lunch at creek side.
The infamous creek is not so hell roaring today in the late summer season but the cool water is fresh on overworked feet and the babbling sound of relaxed water is soothing to the soul.
There is an elk skeleton on the ground nearby. In high water, this creek would be very powerful and dangerous to navigate. Feet remain immersed in the cold water to refresh tired muscles and overworked joints.
After lunch, thunder rumbles in the distance and, within minutes, heavy clouds roll across nearby mountains. The visit with Hellroaring Creek is abruptly truncated by an expeditious and relatively short return hike to the car.
It seems fitting after two weeks of hiking at Yellowstone National Park in near perfect weather, the loosely planned itinerary ends with a few sprinkles of rain on the final day of hiking. The powerful thunderclouds miss the mark but are fascinating to watch on the drive back to Gardiner, Montana.