The Elephant Back trail is reopening this morning near the Lake area. This popular trail, north of Bridge Bay and south of Lake, climbs a small steep ridge west of Grand Loop Road for a grand view of Yellowstone Lake.
The trail had closed due to work by fire crews under the nearby powerline that runs along the west side of Grand Loop Road. In recent days they thinned vegetation by the powerline to create a defensible fuel break, which protects developed areas nearby from any potential movement of the Alum Fire.
Walkers should enjoy the trail while remembering to stay bear aware. At least two grizzlies have frequented the Lake and Fishing Bridge area in the past few days.
All trails near Yellowstone's fires are now OPEN except for the Howard Eaton Trail, which runs north from Fishing Bridge on the east side of the Yellowstone River.