Mount Washburn is a famous hike in Yellowstone and there were a lot of people on the trail that day. The weather was perfect and clear. The hike is 6 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 1400 feet in 3 miles.
Looking down at Dunraven Pass.
There is a lookout tower at the summit with an observation room and vault toilets. There is a park ranger stationed there at all times to watch for fires.
It was windy and cool at the summit, so the observation room was a nice place to rest and eat.
This is what Maralee thought about the summit of Mount Washburn. We had walked/hiked almost 50 miles total during our trip by this point.
We were way above the Canyon and could also see Yellowstone Lake and the Grand Tetons in the distance.
"Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." ~John Muir
Mount Washburn's elevation is 10,223 feet, still pretty low compared to some of our hikes and drives in Colorado, but it's a high peak in Yellowstone and a great view. I read that on a cold day you could even see steam from Old Faithful.
Jay and Garrett had planned a night of camping in the backcountry, so they went a separate way just down from the summit to hike the spur from Mount Washburn to Canyon.