Brett French reports: Exploring Yellowstone on foot
By angelamontana

Posted: December 29, 2022

Ken Duell has hiked every trail in Yellowstone National Park. It took him 25 years, with only one break in 2020 due to the pandemic. Duell became enchanted with Yellowstone while backpacking in to lakes and streams to fly fish. After several trips he realized he had covered a lot of ground and maybe should try to trek all of the park’s 2,000 miles of trails. Unfortunately, not all of Yellowstone’s footpaths are great hikes. Some are dusty, hot and near roads. They also aren’t linear, so he would sometimes have to hike a long way to cover a small section of path. Despite the challenges, he finally completed his feat this fall and is now looking forward to visiting in winter to ski on Yellowstone’s winter-use trails. To find out some of Duell’s lightweight backpacking tips, check out my story at

Written by Brett French | Outdoors Editor | Billings Gazette
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