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Our favorite Yellowstone hike. Meadow, lake, beach, and forest. Kids traversed down to the beach and enjoyed time by the lake. Saw a yellow belly marmot and a coyote on the hike. The bridge is still out but you can go 20 feet down the creek and early cross to complete the loop.

Super super easy walk. Beautiful hike along river. Total round trip is about 5 miles. But man what a geyser! Actually liked it better than Old Faithful. However it erupts about every 3 hours, we got there by chance 5 mins after it went off, and it lasted about 15 mins!!! Sign the guest book and if u missed it look for an entry that marked the last eruption time to help you know when the next one is.

Easy walking trail though you might get a bit winded. We walked down to lower falls but could also see the upper falls. Fantastic view!! Worth it. Lower falls has a platform right at the falls so you can be at the edge and see the water go over, super cool!

A pleasant, easy hike along a lakeshore, through a wooded area, and a meadow. Lovely wildflowers along the way, and excellent views of the lake.

Bring water and bug spray but the hike is worth it.

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20 days ago

If you do one trail in Yellowstone, this should be it. It's easy enough for children and rewarding enough for adults. The bridge was out at the end, but there was a clear way to get around it and up the hill to the part of the trail that looped back to the rest.

Great trail!

Took the stagecoach road to loop trail head. That half of the trail was almost grown over.

Did this trail in July 2017. Long stretches of packed snow near the top and hiked through a small snow storm. Very scenic, great overviews into the park and tremendous views from the top. Also, saw mountain goats grazing on cliff to east of lookout.

Trail is closed for the season

hiking
1 month ago

Did this with our 5 and 10 yo, along with their 70+ grandmother. Great trail from a former road. If you miss the eruption, there is plenty to do and explore until the next.

We got there about 5 minutes after it finished and spent the intervening 2:30 exploring the river, unmarked hot springs, and having lunch. The greatest benefit was the opportunity to watch the geyser’s entire eruption sequence.

Afterwards we visited Old Faithful, and the kids were less than impressed after watching Lone Star.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this with our 5 and 10 yo, along with their 70+ grandmother. Great trail from a former road. If you miss the eruption, there is plenty to do and explore until the next.

We got there about 5 minutes after it finished and spent the intervening 2:30 exploring the river, unmarked hot springs, and having lunch. The greatest benefit was the opportunity to watch the geyser’s entire eruption sequence.

Afterwards we visited Old Faithful, and the kids were less than impressed after watching Lone Star.

Great all around hike but definitely plan for a longer hike. Lots of wild life and bring bear spray. Beautiful views of the Yellowstone River.

Closures really put a damper on our hike but we were still able to see all 3 falls from afar! Gorgeous views the whole hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Started this hike at 8am this morning. Made it to the observation tower by 9:30am. The trail was almost entirely in the shade during this time of day—a bit chilly, but not uncomfortable. Only three small snow patches remained that touched the trail—enough for some fun pictures, but not enough to impede the trail. Steady climb and a wide trail—enough for a small car to drive on. The wildflowers were abundant, particularly toward the bottom of the trail.

We saw marmots, a dusky grouse, and some goats off in the distance. Views are breathtaking throughout. We spent about an hour at the top enjoying the views. It only took us an hour to walk back down. Parking was easy at 8am, and only saw about 3-4other families on the way up. The trail was busier when we descended. Many families and folks of all ages making the trek. Parking was full by the time we left (around 11:30am).

A few asides: trail could definitely be rated “moderate” when there is no snow impeding (as is now). Also, there is a bathroom at the top in the observation tower.

Did this today!! 2.4 in and out. Would recommend doing the hike in from the parking lot rather than Howard Eaton trail. The biting flies on Howard Eaton were TERRIBLE!!! This way they weren’t awful.

Lone Star erupted right at 3:30pm. It was totally worth sitting and waiting for an hour and a half. Amazing geyser!!!

Hiked this trail2 years ago. Wonderful views from the top. Be sure to bring a jacket however, as it can be cold with the wind.

The Upper Falls were closed so I was only able to hike the Lower. It’s steep in places and I travel with my preschooler so with the crowd of people and the edge of the trail dropping off abruptly in spots it was a bit nerve racking. The end result is absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. My sons enjoyed seeing the rainbow over the fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little hike with a little sample of everything! Hike through a meadow by a pond with tons of birds, then a wooded section along the shore of the Yellowstone Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for bears! The bridge was out (7/4/18) when we went so we had to turn around instead of completing the entire loop.

Hiked this in a near blizzard mid-June 2018. The trail had just opened, so there was still considerable snow on the trail, particularly near the summit. The fresh snow throughout the hike added a few more inches. The views were largely obstructed by the snowy conditions, but the trail was in great shape and presented one hell of a challenge and experience. Would love to do it again in better conditions with views of the park.

This routes much better then the easier, less strenuous/less challenging Chittenden road. We hiked up last week. Saw a Mountain goat and Fox. Great 360 central view of park at top. Definitely a must do hike.

Beautiful views of Yellowstone at the top. We saw mountain goats and marmots. I would rate this as moderate though (although I could see it being harder if there were more snow). It was also extremely windy at the top.

I did this hike on July 1st and there was still snow crossings at 3 points on the trail. Two are in points where it's slippery but not much risk of sliding anywhere, and one is a steep slope where I'd recommend taking the higher path others have packed down, rather than trying to walk along the edge. The snow is deep but packed down, so you should be fine without snowshoes. This makes it slippery but manageable. Poles would help, but I didn't have any and was fine. Just take careful steps.

This is rated as hard, but I think it's more moderate. With the snow it's on the difficult side of moderate. The trail is uphill the whole way, but it's never particularly steep. The trail is wide and the footing is generally stable. There are lots of rocks and tripping hazards, but never anywhere where you risk sliding down. The way down is nice and fast.

It gets extremely windy at the top, to the point where I was blown to the side. Take your time and bring layers! I stopped for lunch inside the fire tower. The views at the top are completely worth the uphill, and you can enjoy the views more on the way down. I saw a small herd of goats near the top, and a marmot.

Did the trail yesterday. Was fairly muddy at the start and back end of the loop. Lake views were decent and the trail was good for children. Only saw a deer. The trail is pretty average otherwise. More wildlife would have made it much better.

Went yesterday, and there was still a lot of snow but plenty of families still reached the top.

Beautiful trail. Very muddy at the start. My 9.11.13 yr olds did this trails but they are used to trails like this. A lot of snow at the top- you have to hike on the snow since it covers the trail about 8-10 ft deep- some parts very intimidating. We made it to the observation fire tower and was awesome. I am not sure if I would do this trail if it was pouring rain with all the snow.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, but definitely not a short hike. Takes a little over 3 hours to finish the trail, but another 45 minutes (2 Miles) to get back to the main road by Roosevelt Lodge. Be careful and carry bear spray as I came across a grizzly bear as well as a black bear during this hike.

Amazing views, saw chipmunks, and several foxes during hike. Mid June and much packed snow covered most of the path of upper trail making hiking very difficult in places, adding a nice thrill. Great hike!

We had to re-route a couple times because of bison. Amazing views and once you get past the first mile, we only saw two other people even on a sunny summer afternoon.

South Rim is closed at the moment. We were only able to go out to Artist View overlook.

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