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Did it at sunrise! Great hike. Steep at the beginning but then an easy flat trail. Stopped by cedar lodge for breakfast after.

Mammoth Hot Springs are definitely interesting and worth a look; the low rating is largely driven by the absurdity of including the upper terrace as a "trail" when it is nothing but a road just wide enough for cars. Do NOT hike the upper terrace; if you wish to see those features, do that loop by car as the Parks Service clearly intends. The lower terrace has a series of pedestrian boardwalks and stairs that facilitate an interesting walkabout to view the beautiful travertine formations around the hot springs. There are a couple of placards describing the basic process by which these types of features formed, but there is almost no information provided as to what explains their various names and histories. Bottom line: this is an easy stop that is a worthwhile roadside attraction but is not a "trail" or a "hike" per se, and All Trails should know better than to mark a narrow car-only road (upper terrace) as a "trail."

hiking
1 day ago

great trail with wonderful views of the tower and surrounding countryside. If you go on a warm day take lots of water.

on Cathedral Spires Trail

3 days ago

So beautiful!! Even the drive to get there is worth it.

a short boardwalk stroll to very beautiful thermal pools
get there before it warms up to see the steam wafting through the air

The views of the needles were stunning on this hike. Wildflowers, stream crossing and spots to climb rocks on your way up a moderate hike. Lined with wild raspberries, it made it easy to stop and take a look around you. When you get to the trail signs, you are surrounded by granite needles. Meandering is highly recommended.

hiking
4 days ago

Awesome short trail. Great to get out and make some memories. Lots of cool places to get to off the main trail as well - just watch for rattlesnakes! We didn't see any but there are plenty of signs. Trail was a bit steep and there is loose gravel so it can be a little slick, but I never felt unsafe. Very cool. Would do again.

hiking
4 days ago

This trail was exactly as billed. Yes a long but mostly scenic drive (with several overlooks to stop) from the highway. The trail is worth it. Easy hiking with some simple inclines. Some shade depending on time of day. Lovely trees. And great views starting after marker 4. The $1 guide is interesting especially for a family. Saw a mule deer on the drive. Could be combined with a drive to the Echo Park campground for the below view.

hiking
5 days ago

We did the loop to include observation point.
Great views from the top and we spent a long time just enjoying the outlook area. We climbed down to the falls which were nice. We went down river from the falls and soaked our feet in the river while we enjoyed the morning sun. A nice hike but can get steep at times. The trail is not well maintained on the observation climb with loose gravel and some slippery spots this should be a moderate level hike.
Overall a nice hike with falls and views

hiking
5 days ago

Best trail, super easy and best reward even compared to some peaks I’ve hiked. Someone...was returning from beyond the fence when I got to the end, said it stayed pretty wide and sturdy for a while longer with MUCH better panoramic views of the rivers

hiked it in August on 103 degree afternoon. no shade, still loved it. great landscape, incredible photos.

Beautiful Scenery!

Nice 2 hour hike with varied terrain and views, met only one group, this during Sturgis week.

hiking
7 days ago

Very short trail. I hiked it together with Notch trail.

hiking
7 days ago

The trail is short but very steep and slippery, so be careful when hiking. On the top of the trail you can have a different angel to see the badlands along the road. It's beautiful.

hiking
7 days ago

Just a study of the fossil and geologic age. Not a scenic trail. Good for kids to learn.

You can see the cliff like a bowl and notice the abundant vegetation induced by the water flow down from the cliff. Besides there is not much to see.

hiking
7 days ago

A interesting hike, although it's not for seeing badlands. It's so dry in the trail. I thought I was in another planet.

hiking
7 days ago

A nice hike there. The field in the end of the trail is great. Another thing impressed me is the ladder in the trail. It's exciting and funny.

A interesting place. Different from other places in Yellowstone. One of my favorite.

It's a great view to see the grand prism from this trail, and it's very easy.

When I went there it's raining and too much fog. I think it will be better in a sunny day. Besides, I didn't see the fish cone. I think it is related to the water level in the lake.

Majestic view of the Presidents. Easy and paved with a few stairs and wooden decking. Unfortunately at time of my visit part of the loop was under renovations. August 8, 2018

Pretty stunning to see up close. Great views. Then onto Fort Yellowstone which was also interesting. Lots of people but it is what it is. Ran into a lot of road construction which was frustrating.

This trail takes a little effort, but is not overly difficult. The views are amazing and there are plenty of opportunities for rock scrambling. Parking is somewhat limited, so the trail does not get overly busy.

hiking
10 days ago

Loved this trail! My favorite part was the steep climb as it starts to connect to the castle trail then plateaus out. Really amazing views and I sat there for a few hours just hanging out on the edge where it also forms a 'ravine' but is really more of a sharp drop of loose boulders and rock. Just watch where you place your hands and feet come the summer for rattlesnakes.

hiking
10 days ago

One of my favorite views! the Badlands is my favorite place to be and this is one of those hikes with great views and though it's moderate it's well worth the hike! Make sure to have lots of water with you too, as it can get extremely warm even in the shade.

Awesome fun trail! Easy!

A walk not a hike! Expect to not go at your pace as your walking with many others. However; it leads you to the end destination of a “soak”.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun trail! I really like the ladder!

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