Lamar River Trailhead (to Cache Creek):
This 6.8-mile out and back hike takes you into some of the most beautiful and wildlife filled meadows and valleys in the park. The trail begins at a small pull off area. Shortly into the hike you cross a wooden footbridge over Soda Butte Creek and soon thereafter enter the sagebrush covered valley with the majestic mountains that border the Lamar Valley in the distance. At the 1.2-mile mark you junction with the stock trail and then at 1.4 miles with the Specimen Ridge Trail that began at the Yellowstone Picnic Area. At both junctions you stay left on the trail. From here the trail turns east and runs along the base of foothills paralleling Lamar River, but is never close to the river. You have a high probability of seeing bison and elk along the path, and a whole slew of Uinta ground squirrels. At 3.4 miles, and after a short downhill stretch, you meet Cache Creek, the turn-around point for this described hike. Cache Creek is usually not fordable until mid-July.