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hiking
21 days ago

Start from Bunsen Peak area then work your way down. Catch a ride back up if your legs are hurting.

hiking
21 days ago

Wouldn't really call this a hike. More of a simple walk. Still fun though.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy hike just a couple of switch backs. Definitely check it out.

Great hike just always crowded.

hiking
22 days ago

Absolutely amazing! Our favorite sites were 3L7 and 3L9. Animals everywhere. Beautiful views.

Did this trail 2 weeks ago. Didnt see any wildlife. The ponds were beautiful. Only saw 2 groups of people at the beginning and end of the trail.

Beautiful lake

hiking
1 month ago

My body is in pain, but a good kind of pain. Well worth it for the awesome view of the waterfall! Just know that it is more than 7.4 miles, my Fitbit had it at just under 24,000 steps!

Trail closed :(

Cold morning created a beautiful steam-filled, icy wonderland. Very easy walk but worth staying a few minutes at each thermal feature to listen and observe. Have to say Vixen was my favorite - nice small geyser, spurting away and then just stopped, starting up again in a minute or so. Amazing.

1 month ago

Trail Closed. 9/30

walking
1 month ago

Quick and fun. Path well established and perfect for photo ops.

road closed middle end of September

We saw no wildlife, other than a grouse, but it was nice with lots of ups and downs, after the initial relatively steep climb. Mostly shaded forest, other than the last mile out on the open hillside, with the view of Gardiner, WY. The reflection of the trees and hills in the largest pond was beautiful.

best time was at 7:30am. no crowds

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easily accessible hike if you are staying in Mammoth Hot Springs. It is nearly a Loop, clockwise starting at the Hot Springs, ending behind the hotel, or vice versa. We went in a clockwise direction, skirting the lounging elk. There is a mix of terrain; mostly forested trail. The trail is well marked with orange metal tabs on trees. Some of the tabs will be marked with mileage markers. When going clockwise, there are 2 sign posts pointing you in the correct direction near the beginning of the hike. You will see numerous ponds, and a chance of wildlife includes, but is not limited to, deer, elk, badger, snakes. There is a plateau with a view of nearby Gardiner. The trail is easy enough for a family, as multiple ages were hiking the day we did this trail.

easy hike but not flowing well in middle of September

Be careful on the road section. Some drivers aren’t considerate of walkers

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

Sadly, although this hike was on my list of trails for this trip, I was unable to enjoy it due to a large herd of elk relaxing at the trailheads. Yes at each end. The ranger did say that I could try to edge my way through but to have my bear spray at the ready in case they charged. Seemed like a better idea to just enjoy the boardwalks, anf let sleeping elk lie.

The geysers and pools are pure magic. Castle Geyser was definitely a favorite.

There is no sign at the trail head. You’ll have to use your app to be sure you’re there. Tough uphill climb. The park is attempting to reroute hikers to avoid vertical sections that are being eroded. Try to find the less steep alternatives. Be aware of bears — it is the Lamar Valley. All that said, it has great views and you do get to some great petrified trees — still standing in their original spots, but only a few feet high. We saw about 10. There may be more.

Trail itself is really enjoyable but it’s badly marked out so initially we turned left towards the river instead of right as there were no markers. This resulted in us hiking over a ridge which was really strenuous. It add an unnecessary but challenging 45 minutes to the hike.

I would recommend starting this at the back of mammoth hotel and not close to mammoth hot springs as you would then start in the sun and end in the shade and it’s better marked out.

it is just beautiful. easy walk. sept. very cold in morning

A buddy and I started at the Warm Creek trailhead and hiked in to 3P5 campsite 30 Aug 2018. The first 1-2 miles was a difficult ascent. The hike then opened into a beautiful meadow with several easy creek fords. The specific campsite was right along Pebble Creek and simply as good as it gets for backcountry camping. After setting up camp, we hiked another mile or two through the meadow toward Bliss Pass and then back to our site. We hiked back to the car the following morning. I wish we could have through hiked to Pebble Creek campground because it was no doubt a gorgeous hike.

nature trips
2 months ago

Crowded but opens at 5 am bet it would be perfect then.

very strenuous getting up and getting down can also be tricky because of how steep it is. Saw some pronghorn, buffalo and a hawk. views from the top are great.

walking
2 months ago

Crowded, touristy and lots of bathers in the water at the end. Eh.

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