Northeast of Ashton in the southwest quadrant of Yellowstone National Park, the Bechler River Trail and the Bechler Meadows trails are an unparalleled backcountry hike through Yellowstone. You can expect to see moose, black bear, pine marten and trumpeter swans. The 22 mile route typically starts from the infrequently visited Bechler Ranger Station and head northeast towards Shoshone Lake and ending at the Shoshone Lake Trail (aka Continental Divide Trail). There are numerous backcountry campsites along the route that are available by registration only.
This area can have heavy mosquito infestation through July, so be prepared with nets, especially close to Shoshone Lake.
To reach the southwestern trailhead at the Bechler Ranger Station from Ashton, head east on SR47 to E1400N Road. Head east on E1400N Road for 18 miles to the trailhead. This road changes name a few times becoming FS582 and Caves Falls Road.
Looking for an amazing waterfall? Check out Dunanda Falls.
Overall, Bechler River Trail is the 6th most popular hiking trail of all 18 hikes in Wyoming.