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

This is an awesome little trail to get a sample of a lot of the wonders of Yellowstone. There are some sections with stairs, which, during our October visit, were caked in ice and really tricky to manage for children. Worth it though!

Great views and a fairly short, very pretty hike. Kid-friendly. We were cautioned to watch for bears, as some frequent the area.

9 days ago

Great short hike with many steps and a fantastic photo opt

Beautiful lake

Trail closed :(

Such a pretty magical place. Absolute must if you go to Yellowstone.

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20 days ago

Loved this hike! To the falls is a easy hike. We decided to do the loop after we got to the falls and saw how amazing it was. We went to the falls first and I want to think going to the falls first is the best route. But when we came down the other side it looked more gradual and had switchbacks. Our favorite hike in the park that we done this weekend.

lots of steps

Started at the trailhead adjacent to Mammoth parking area and went up, up, up. Beautiful but relentless. Elk bugling everywhere. Blizzard conditions as we approached ridge - a bit dicey with wind/snow whipping up ridge. No views. Once on SW side of ridge slope is less steep and more dry/high plains desert. Be prepared for changing conditions and consider taking route in reverse if steep inclines are not your thing. Great workout. Elk, mule deer, grouse.

21 days ago

Trail Closed. 9/30

My husband and I hiked this Trail on September 15th, 2018 on our way in the north east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It was beautiful, picturesque hike that was nice to loosen up our hiking legs up for more difficult hikes. There was a nice variety to the surroundings. Some thicker forest area while hiking up a hill then it opened up to a beautiful lake with valleys surrounding it. There were ducks in the lake and a few fishermen fishing.  It was a very peaceful hike.

Trail closed for bear activity. 9/26/18

Great trail with great views the whole way! Was surprised by a grizzly on the trail about 15 yrds from us as we turned a corner about halfway from the inspiration point trailhead. Ended up driving to inspirational point.

Started out at about noon on 9/18 walked about 3 mins in and saw a cat peeking above the tall weeds at me before he ducked. Slowly backed away and went to another trail.

A nice short walk.

road closed middle end of September

hiking
30 days ago

This was a challenging hike, and steep at times but slow and steady wins the race on this one. The views at the top are incredible! You can see all the way to the Grand Tetons. But make sure to bring warm layers for the top, it was a beautiful sunny 65 degree day at the bottom but incredibly windy and cold at the top. Thankfully people have built small rock wall barriers that you sit in and eat and relax at the top. We made it up in 2hrs 20min and it took about 1hr to get down. Coming down was challenging at points because of the steepness coupled with all the loose rocks and dirt, I recommend finding a walking stick.

8/17/2018.
We hiked this trail from the lava creek trail head parking lot out towards Undine Falls and back again. Steep downhill to get to the suspension bridge crossing the Gardiner River - a fun trail addition, especially the signs warning people not to try and get their horses to cross the bridge!
You’ll walk through tall sagebrush and grasses, so be sure you have bug spray as well as your bear spray.
We ran into three other hikers and spotted some elk grazing by the river.
The trail shows signs of being VERY muddy earlier in the year, making the footing somewhat difficult. Hikers and large wildlife had churned it up pretty good, and it dried into a lumpy mess. Boots are a must here.
We saw lots of signs of wildlife and an elk carcass, but no large animal sightings except the two elk. We started our hike at 9:30 am. Very pretty scenery along the river and at one spot in the trail you are close enough to get down to it.

Very pretty and worth the steep climb back up. It’s switchback trail that depends 600 feet.

Trail was closed today . Most easy trails along south rim were closed accept artist point

A great hike to test your legs and your stamina!

Gorgeous view but a steep grade. Definitely worth it but gets a bit narrow in some spots. Wouldn’t recommend as a solo hike.

Is quite crowded for most of it but the views are excellent.

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice and relatively easy hike...some uphill climbing but mainly at the start of the trail. Then you’re rewarded with a really nice hike around the lake, with great scenery as a backdrop. Really nice little bridge over a small “waterfall” where the lake feeds a stream...very scenic. If you’re looking for a nice short hike, with more than just flat walking, I’d strongly recommend this hike!

hiking
1 month ago

August closed

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice view 360 degree view from the top including Yellowstone Lake and other mountain peaks. Not an easy hike and the 4.1 mile distance is definitely off. My Apple Watch recorded 5.53 miles, someone should get this distance updated. I was hoping to see some bighorn sheep or a grizzly at distance but didn’t see either. Challenging but well worthwhile hike.

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