Trail Review: White Bison Trail

White Bison Trail is the only trail at Lone Elk Park. Lone Elk is best known for the herds of elk and bison, usually viewed from the car, which is the only way to see the bison. But you can walk around with the elk. 

It's a beautiful time of year for hiking!

It's a beautiful time of year for hiking!

Probably a young yellow-bellied water snake

Probably a young yellow-bellied water snake

The three mile loop circles around a reservoir and was hillier than I expected. No dogs allowed, as you might guess based on the wildlife. We left Hazel at home because she'd been in a fight, so we didn't feel bad about hiking somewhere she wasn't allowed. We missed a turn and our hike ended up being a half mile too long, but that wasn't a bad thing. It was a beautiful day, the trees still have their autumn leaves, and we were happy to be out. 

If elk were tigers, we'd have died taking this picture. 

If elk were tigers, we'd have died taking this picture. 

At times, the wind caused leaves to fall like rain and it felt like we were in a magical place, being sprinkled with confetti. I love the way the freshly fallen leaves cover everything, making it seem flawless. 

Except for the snake we found. But I guess every magical place has something to balance things out. 

Elk at Lone Elk park

Elk at Lone Elk park

We didn't see any elk until near the end of the hike. We stopped to take a selfie and when we turned around, there was a big bull lying on the ground very near the trail. Then we saw a couple more at the reservoir on our way out. 

I'm pretty sure this was safe, but try it at your own risk. 

I'm pretty sure this was safe, but try it at your own risk.