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Far too crowded when I visited and slightly worn. The boardwalk needs renovations and there were unattended children running amuck. It's ok for strolling but tourists have torn the place up.

Amazingly beautiful nature! We enjoyed slowly meandering to take photographs.

Open for swimming! Great place, plenty of safe areas for kids and fun areas for adults. Recommend bringing a life vest as the currents are strong in the deep areas. A fun activity for strong swimmers is to head up stream and float down through the canyons twists and turns.

Great short, all around hike that includes so much of Yellowstone scenery. Only down side was construction on the trail so had to change course a bit and hike on road to pick up the trail again. Otherwise super hike for all abilities.

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.

Great views of Old Faithful all around if you stand back some from the crowds along the edges. Make sure to get there early if you want the best spot/view

Super family friendly and easy walk around these gorgeous, vibrant hot springs. Great view of Yellowstone Lake as well, definitely worth a stop.

started before 9 so had trail to ourselves most of the time (so nice given how busy it can get at midway!).. easy walk to falls and 2 geysers.. go up the hill for great view of imperial geyser..

we did the loop and walked through meadow back to the fountain trail - saw 3 bison and just kept following the orange square guides - felt very isolated in wide open meadows and geysers so was great although started getting pretty hot.. walk back on fountain flats path to midway parking lot was uneventful.. stopped for lunch at firehole river...

I merged this trail with point sublime, and view into Hayden Valley and doubled back instead of doing the loop to get full experience - nice walk and suprisingly quiet given the number of people at artist point.

easy walk but busy.. did this after bunsen peak so good cool down!

So crowded! Worth it though!

Easy and fun boardwalk. The canary spring is pretty amazing to see up close.

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.

Wasn’t super impressed with the views of grand prismatic spring. A nice short incline but very crowded.

Great trail to get panoramic views of the biscuit basin and geysers, and the waterfall was super pretty. I started from the biscuit basin and went to the observation point first which had some decent switchbacks and then looked around to the waterfalls. I’d recommend that route!

hiking
11 days ago

This trail will kick your butt if your not in good shape. Its an interesting feeling climbing down and back up hundreds of metal stairs with the feeling "This could break at any moment". I really enjoyed the memory of this hike. Amazing photo op at the bottom of the falls.

I did a modified version of this trail because of construction. The South Rim portion of the trail and the parking lot near Uncle Tom's were still closed as of 7/1.

I started at Artist's Point and continued on the Point Sublime trail to the end. On the way back, I went past Lilly Pad Lake and continued on to Clear Lake, then turned around. Overall this worked out to be about 5 miles and 600 ft of elevation climb. I'd highly recommend this option while there's still construction. You get awesome views of the canyon and get to see lots of different features and terrains on an easy and secluded hike.

The parking lot is incredibly busy because of Artist's Point, but there's high turnover since most people just go to the point and then leave. If you can brave the crowds for those view minutes between the parking lot and the point, you'll be rewarded with secluded hiking from there onward. I saw a total of 10 people or so, all on the Point Sublime portion of the trail. The views of the canyon are absolutely breathtaking, probably my favorite part of the park that I saw. There are lots of rocky outcrops where you can get different views as you walk along the canyon. This part of the trail has some elevation climb and is steep in a few parts, but pretty easy. There are some lots to climb over and roots on the trail which keep it interesting. If you decide to continue to Point Sublime, note that the views at the Point itself are not great. However, the views all along are pretty spectacular and it's only 0.5 miles past the fork going to Clear Lake, so I'd still recommend it if you have the time.

The trail going to Clear Lake is a hidden gem. Lilly Pad lake is fine, but if you go past it you'll see really interesting terrain. The best way I could describe it would be a "forest desert." I think it must be wildfire-damaged area, as there are lots of dead trees there but you're otherwise surrounded by forest. This part of the trail is mostly flat. You pass by some sulfur pools and bubbling mud pits, plus a few small hot springs. The whole area is eerily beautiful and an interesting change of pace from the forest along the canyon. Clear Lake itself is also beautiful, but I'd say it was the least exciting part as I hiked along many other lakes on my trip. I walked to the lake and then turned around, so I can't speak to the part of the trail past it back towards the road.

I'd highly recommend this hike for an interesting, secluded hike with lots of different scenery. You'll have to brave the crowds in the parking lot, but it's well worth it. I did this hike in the afternoon and Artist's Point had emptied out by the time I finished (around 5 PM) so I got some additional photos without the crowds at the end.

I'm giving this 5 stars, but with a caveat: the initial part of the hike is very boring and very crowded. The best part is the falls and beyond, so the beginning/end of the hike are a bit of a drudge. The geyser is totally worth it, though.

Leaving the parking lot, it's a wide, flat gravel trail. There's tons of people heading up to the overlook. You walk alongside the springs which is nice. There were lots of muddy parts, but they're easy to get around. The trail then passes through a sparse forest for a while. There's really nothing interesting to see here and I was somewhat regretting choosing this hike. The portion approaching the falls (less than 0.25 miles) is very rocky, but still mostly flat. Getting up to the falls you need to climb over some logs. The falls were also crowded around midday. You can climb over some logs and rocks to get closer to the falls. I also climbed a bit up the side, which I'd only recommend if you have good shoes and are comfortable with a bit of climbing as it's steep and the footing is loose.

To continue, you need to cross over the little stream via logs. It's not too bad and the water isn't deep so you could just wade through it, but this may be a problem if you need more stability when walking. As of 7/2, the trail is very muddy in the portions leading up to and away from the falls. There are logs and boards, but you'll still probably get your shoes a little muddy. The trail continues through a meadow and more forest. The trail here is more interesting but still mostly flat. If you continue clockwise you'll arrive at the Imperial Geyser. This geyser erupts very frequently, making it well worth the trip! You can get right up next to it. I saw very few people throughout this part of the hike, so it really felt like a hidden gem.

There's a hill next to the geyser that's not part of the trail, but you can climb up it to get a great overhead view. As a warning, the hill is very steep and the footing is loose. That portion is difficult and strenuous, but it's not part of the trail and is totally optional.

Continuing past the geyser, you walk along a very interesting creek and pass another geyser in the distance. You can continue back at this point, but I'd recommend taking a brief detour into the meadow. (You reach a fork: right goes back to the falls, straight goes on to the meadow.) I walked for about a mile into the meadow and saw no one else. I believe this trail eventually goes to the Imperial Meadows campground. The trail through the meadow is obvious and easy to follow. You get a distance view of the falls and a panoramic view with lots of wildflowers. I also saw a lone bison playing in the distance, which was beautiful.

Overall the easy rating for this hike is accurate. There are a couple of tricky points around the falls, but they're doable for most people including kids. The falls and geyser are definitely worth the long gravel part of the trail. Keep in the trailhead from the parking lot off the Grand Loop road is very popular since it leads to the overlook of the prismatic springs. When I arrived around 11 AM, the parking lot was full and most of the parking alongside the road was also. I think there's high turnover, but you'll spend a lot of time waiting. I parked at a pullout about a third of a mile away and walked alongside the road.

This isn't really a hike, it's a boardwalk path. It's good, quick loop that gives you views of the lake, plus some hot springs and other thermal features. If you don't have much time in the park, this is a great spot to see a lot in one short walk. Be prepared to fight through crowds.

I'd recommend doing this and the Yellowstone Lake Overlook trail, another short hike which leaves from the same parking lot. There you can get overhead views of the lake away from the crowds.

This is a quick, pleasant hike with great views of the lake. You start from the West Thumb parking lot and walk through a flat section of the forest on a wide trail. Then you cross the road and proceed through more forest before heading up the hill. The hill area is unshaded and where you get the views of the lake. At the top there's a bench.

There's a sign posted saying a bear's been spotted frequenting the area, but I didn't see it nor any scat or prints. I did see a fox on the hilltop, a deer in the forest, and a couple small snakes. This trail is rated moderate, but I'd say it's on the easy side of moderate. The climb up the hill is steep near the end and a bit rocky, but nothing too difficult.

This is a good short hike if you want to get away from the crowds. I only saw 2 other people on the trail near the entrance/exit, which is remarkable given it leaves right from West Thumb. Be prepared to deal with crowds in the parking lot, but you'll probably have the trail to yourself.

Easy hike with great views of Yellowstone lake and geothermal features.

don't miss out on this. super easy and lot of great photo ops

old faithful...you ol' bastard you!

Very interesting to see the hot springs, but too crowded (hundreds of people) for our taste. I’d go on a weekday in the off season, at the end of the day if you are wanting to avoid crowds.

Absolutely love this trail! Fairly level the entire way through and the scenery is beautiful! Plus there aren’t usually a lot of people.

Closed with fines for swimming, water not warm.

Nice hike the first half is pretty challenging. Bring big spray and a headnet if you have one. Falls are lovely nice spot to picnic up top.

Best hike and geysers in the park!! Forget old faithful. This one is way cooler. We were the only people at geysers at 10. Everyone else seemed not to know about them and not well marked so this app is important

walking
22 days ago

The boardwalks were nice. I liked that we could exit when needed. Saw a snake next to boardwalk. Several parking areas.

walking
22 days ago

Nice easy trail with several views but noticed some people not paying attention and nearly pushed some people off the boardwalk. Crowded so go early.

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