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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

What a wonderful secluded hike to a hidden gem in Yellowstone. A beautiful delicate looking Falls. Don’t miss the Great Prismatic Spring overlook on your way!

Car pullout with small walking path overlooking the falls. Not really a trail, but a beautiful view!

Very neat thermal features on an easy boardwalk loop.

25 days ago

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?

25 days ago

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?

birding
1 month ago

Beautiful falls. Got to see a bald eagle come up the river and fly over the falls.

hiking
1 month 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.

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.

A nice short walk.

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

We thought this was a great hike in May and we saw the Steamboat Geyser eruption on the way up.

A relatively easy hike (mainly flat) to the gorgeous falls. Not a lot of shade later in the day, so it gets hot during the summer months! Otherwise a great way to shake off the big crowds for some more solitary time in the forest.

hiking
2 months ago

I actually had a different trail in mind when I started this one, so it seemed to take forever! I hiked this trail on 08/29. Weather was dry and warm.

I hiked to the Grand Prismatic overlook first (first left fork on trail). Gorgeous view of this geothermal wonder. and, although busy, it was much less busier than walking the boardwalks, and you got a much better view. Continued and went down the other side of the hill. There was no marking for the Falls trails, but if you went right, you just headed back to the parking lot.

This trail was a bit longer than anticipated (again, I had a different trail in mind) but was a pleasant walk through the woods. I was by myself, so I did carry my bear spray and made noise through the wooded areas. it would be easy to surprise a bear around some of the twists in the path. There is a backcountry campground along this trail which I did not explore.

There is no major elevation gain (which was fine by me lol) and the falls were beautiful. There were a few people there, but it was easy to get a solo photo without any other people in. Including lots of photo stops, I took 2.5 hours for the whole trip.

I personally enjoyed the beautiful pools of West Thumb even more than the Grand Prismatic area. It features beautiful views of Yellowstone Lake, and the pool depths and colors are other-worldly. The trail offers a brochure that talks about each feature that can either be returned or they ask for a dollar donation.

Great hike. The views were amazing. Started at Lower Falls, hiked to Inspiration Point and then back to Grand View and Overlook.

Can’t wait to go back! When I was there, my husband and I hiked a portion of it with our 6th month old which was interesting. It was steep and chilly so we ended up turning around but the views were INSANE! Super pretty place, I don’t think Americans realize how lucky they are to have a country so beautiful as ours! The GC at YST is amazing and everyone should see it! Next time I intend to take my older kids there to hike the entire park!

hiking
2 months ago

Great 2 hour out and back hike there were only 2 people ahead of us so by the time we got to the waterfall we had it all to ourselves. Saw a bison very close and plenty of chipmunks and squirrels.

Awesome trail with some climbing required. We added the overlook to the trail with awesome views of the basin which made the whole trip 3.4miles. Falls were stunning.

A bit disappointed given it’s essentially a biking trail and flat all the way. They are supposed to note on the trail head when the last eruption of the geyser was. None had been recorded for the day. We arrived an hour too late and when we got there would have had to wait for another 2 hours. More information from the park rangers would have been useful.

nice walk along the lake. can be quiet windy but beautiful with the pools.

This was great hike. We timed it perfectly so that we only had to wait about 20 minutes for eruption. This hike was well worth the planning and the geyser was far superior to Old Faithful.

hiking
2 months ago

nice hike you can access via biscuit basin. you'll reach a fork in the trail- go left for the shorter route (0.6 miles more, i think) or go straight for the longer route (1.7 miles more).

backpacking
2 months ago

A pure-Yellowstone trail. Fairly flat, it follows a river most of the way on out to the Geyser. The Geyser itself is incredible, shooting water out of a tall rock into great heights, spraying onlookers. I personally enjoyed watching this one more than Old Faithful because the crowds were small for Yellowstone. My family and I walked on about another mile or so passed the geyser which features brilliantly colored thermal pools and our backcountry campsite. The site came with a toilet, the river flowing directly in front of our tents, a hot spring flowing out of the ground and into the river, and beyond the pines outlining the site, was a large crust basin of more thermal stream areas. If you camp in backcountry, bring bug nets. The mosquitoes didn't get bad until evening. If you're just going to the geyser you'll be fine. Overall great Yellowstone camping adventure to escape the crowds!

walking
2 months ago

Fun area

2 months ago

Beautiful

Nice walk. Beautiful views.

My friends and I did this hike last Sunday (8/12) and were somewhat disappointed with the closures on the trail. Also, the entirety of this hike runs alongside North Rim Drive, which really takes away from the majesty of hiking in the wilderness.

We started this trek around 3 pm and arrived back at our car around 5 pm. Instead of starting at the Upper Falls, like the trail map suggests, we actually began at the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. This ended up being the highlight of our day, as the views looking back into The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone were absolutely breathtaking!

After making the trek back up to the road, we continued onward to Lookout Point and Grand View. We would have liked to reach Inspiration Point but were met with a closure sign upon arriving at the trailhead, which really put a damper on the day.

We did end up driving along the South Rim Drive to Artist Point, which was a pleasant consolation, even though Inspiration Point provided a higher vantage point and an entire view of the canyon, which we missed out on.

If you’re looking to escape the masses on the road, this is not the trail for you.

hiking
3 months ago

I did this hike last Saturday (8/11) with two of my friends, and it was a relatively easy trek.

We started our hike around 4 pm and arrived back at the trailhead around 6 pm.

This hike was decently busy on a Saturday afternoon, but most people (families and those not properly dressed for a hike) only made it up up to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook and then headed back. We continued onward to Fairy Falls, which was well worth it!

The hike itself, was a walk in the park (all pun intended). The only elevation gain takes place on the short jaunt up to the overlook. After that, it is pretty much all even ground for the rest of the 1.5 miles to the falls. We made it from the trailhead to the falls (2.5 miles) in just about an hour; moving at a decently steady pace.

I primarily chose this hike because it was one of the longer ones in the park that included a water feature. It was also a great way to escape the crowds, as we had the falls completely to ourselves for at least 20 minutes.

Great hike for all ages and experience levels!

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