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This was an easy hike to begin a three day back country adventure for us. By accident, we timed it perfectly to arrive right before the geyser erupted, and it was beautiful. We didn’t bother with old faithful and from everything we heard, this was better anyway. I was certainly wowed by this experience! Our back country hike ended through this trail as well, so it was a great “almost home” marker for me, too

We loved this hike. Still can’t believe we were there ❤️

Hiked to the prismatic overlook, and then finished on this trail. Totaled about 10 miles. The imperial geyser was the highlight of the trip. Hike was pretty boring compared to other hikes, but was very easy. Worth seeing the geyser over the falls or prismatic.

Neat views from the point.

Hiked this trail to the overlook. Wow! it's a gorgeous view. I'd call it a moderate hike. We are seniors in our 60's, and felt like it gave us a little challenge. We packed our lunch and sat at the overlook eating on a beautiful fall afternoon. The only disappointment we had was the lack of wildlife. Even from the overlook, we could see no wildlife. But, that's the way it's been the entire trip. Where are all the animals? Wolves taking care of them?

Great hike with breathtaking views. Saw lots of chipmunks but no bears! Had bear spray just in case. My husband and I really enjoyed this hike.

This is an easy boardwalk that offers lovely views. However, to really enjoy the Grand Prismatic Spring I’d suggest taking the overlook trail.

hiking
29 days ago

This loop was awesome not to difficult at all. weather was perfect mid to high 50s. blue skies.

Access from Rancho Road makes this surprisingly close to central Thousand Oaks. There’s a great combination of shady woods, chaparral-covered hillsides, challenging ridgeline climbs, and route-finding. Watch for meadow muffins from the neighborhood horses.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome scenery

Beautiful trail past String Lake and Leigh Lake. You can get some nice photos of the mountains reflected in the lakes. Gorgeous, clear water. Very flat trail, so great for a recovery hike if you’ve done something challenging the prior day. Ice starting to form on the lakes. Hiked Oct 15.

One of my all time favorite hikes! Make sure to plan accordingly for river crossings, you’ll want to be able to take of long layers/have shorts for wading. Water shoes are a must! Scout hole provides a perfect resting place before venturing back out.

Very beautiful around the lake!

Hiked trail mid sept’18. Easily accessible from west thumb parking area and across main park road. Offers nice view of Yellowstone lake from high point. Proceeded with caution due to bear warning signs and scat and was relieved to be joined by another hiking couple for what was a pleasant 90 min 2 mile hike through meadow and light forest with mild hills. Lots of room up top for a snack and pictures.

Great early fall day. This trail is beautiful and very accessible as well. We did the full seven mile loop around the lake without straining. The 700 foot elevation change is mostly in the first mile or so. The rest was just a great walk in the woods. Saw what we believe was a mink, a ptarmigan and even a bear. Fantastic trail!

A nice short walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! BRING BEAR SPRAY! We were growled at as we switchbacked down the lake. You can read more about it here: https://practicalvagabonds.com/caution-bears-in-the-area/

perfect location nice hot water

hiking
1 month ago

Easy warm up trail with a preview from the rangers in the Rockefeller Center. Reminds you of the great legacy the family left for the public to enjoy

on Long Canyon Loop

trail running
1 month ago

This was a good hike/trail run. the greatest challenge was figuring out the loop. We saw many rabbits, birds, and a few beetles. We believe we heard a rattle snake toward the end of our loop. the start climb had a good elevation and got the heart pumping once you get through the first 12 minutes it was easy.

My wife and I did the loop yesterday. I used a website I found that shows the last time Old Faithful and the Grand erupted and an estimate for next eruption. We watched Old Faithful erupt twice; once from right beside it and once from the observation trail. The observation trail is much better vantage point. after that, we began walking the trail. I knew Grand was supposed to erupt sometime between 1 pm and 3 pm with my best estimate at 2 pm. We were approaching the Grand at 155 pm and it started to erupt!!!! I was like a little kid, partially because I lucked out on my estimate to be there and partially because the eruption was utterly amazing...much better than Old Faithful and longer. The crowd was amazed as well. The loop is a nice relaxing walk that just about anyone can do.

The beauty is amazing and I did see a big black bear about 50 yards away.

I’m not sure why they would call this moderate difficulty as it has no vertical movement at all.

The views are a must. Highly recommended.

We took the overlook trail up. The switchbacks were tough. It was not very well marked at the top. We, luckily, found our way back to the trail to the falls. Other than that the trail was well maintained. The views were incredible. The falls were spectacular. Overall a fantastic hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views and easy walking.

The views along this trail are amazing. We packed in our fly rods to fish along Leigh lake and I pulled out a huge brown trout. Easy hike, we did about 2.5 miles up and turned back.

Some of the area wasn’t heavily trafficked when we went so make sure you have bear spray and sing a song out there when you hike. Some of it is quite densely wooded and while we didn’t encounter a bear we were on alert most of the hike.

The lake is gorgeous. Take time to sit and enjoy the views.

hiking
2 months ago

The view at the lake when you first arrive is spectacular, perhaps the best in the park. Hike around the lake is easy. Total trip from parking lot is 7.5 miles. Moderate for distance, easy otherwise.

walking
2 months ago

Easy loop with a beautiful forest setting and great views of Lake Jackson and the Tetons. Hike out at sunset for great beach mountain pictures as the sun sets behind!

hiking
2 months ago

Easy and nice view from the mountains. I'd suggest doing that along with amphitheater and delta lake. Try to be at the lake in the morning to not have the sun in the wrong direction

hiking
2 months ago

Easy hike with gorgeous views and lots of little beaches to eat lunch or have a snack. Started the hike on a Monday morning at 10am and didn’t have much traffic going out but ran into a ton of people on the way back. It was great to get us warmed up for the week of hiking ahead.

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