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Yellowstone National Park boasts 4 mountain ranges and at least 70 peaks over 8,000 feet tall. At almost 11,000 feet tall, Electric Peak is the third tallest mountain in Yellowstone. With its snow-covered face catching the day’s last sun rays, it’s a majestic sight to behold. Photo by Neal Herbert, National Park Service.

A cotton candy sunset over Electric Peak

Electric Peak is the tallest mountain in the Gallatin Range and rises to 10,969 feet.

Electric Peak got its name during the first climb in 1872 by the United States Geological Survey. Members of the Hayden Survey led by Henry Gannett experienced electrical discharges from their hands and hair after a lightning strike on the summit.

The best way to see Electric Peak is by hiking its trail, which is a 20.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail. It’s not an easy hike. If you are an experienced hiker, you could do it in a day, but for most folks, plan on a 2 or 3 day hiking and camping adventure.

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Sunset at Grand Loop Road through Golden Gate

Let’s go for a nice, relaxing ride.

The Grand Loop Road provides access to major areas and features of Yellowstone park, including the Upper, Midway and Lower geyser basins, Mammoth Hot Springs, Tower Fall, the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone Lake.

Captain Hiram M. Chittenden of the US Army Corps of Engineers was the one who originally planned the 140 mile road system in the early days of the park, when it was under military administration. The road was named by Harry W. Frantz in 1923. He served as the park’s publicist before beginning a journalism career.