The Most Remote Spot In The Continental U.S. Is Located Right Here In Wyoming
If you want to get away from it all, Wyoming is certainly the place to plan your escape. In fact, the Thorofare region is the most isolated and remote spot in the Lower 48 and just so happens to be one of Yellowstone’s best kept secrets. The Thorofare Ranger Station is the furthest building from any road in the contiguous United States. To reach this destination, you have to embark on Wyoming’s most ultimate hiking excursion. The Thorofare offers views that few people will ever get to see.
Hiking Thorofare Trail from Nine Mile Trailhead is a relatively easy hike with little gain in elevation. The trail follows the length of Yellowstone Lake, which is sometimes hidden by the thick forests, with two streams, Cub Creek and Club Creek to cross within the first 6 miles. The trail continues south along the eastern edge of Yellowstone Lake. The trail then stretches 8 miles into dense woodlands and then along Yellowstone River with views of both Table and Turret Mountains.
Finally, the trail leads to the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park and to the Thorofare Ranger Station. Here, the area consists of forests, willows and meadows. The ranger station is approximately 32.5 miles from the Nine Mile Trailhead. South of the ranger station lies the Bridger-Teton National Forest which is the second largest national forest outside of Alaska.
Here is footage of the trail and the Thorofare region by YouTube user, zepenn.
The trail is most accessible after July 4 and before Labor Day due to snow and high creek crossings during the remaining months. Hikers should also watch out for grizzly bears.