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This trail was worth it! I recorded one mile of total hiking, and that took about forty five minutes. This trail is very steep and is switchbacks the whole way, so I highly recommend wearing sturdy athletic or hiking shoes. The trail is pretty broad; it can handle two way traffic. And the falls are so gorgeous. The sound of the water rushing off of the falls is so soothing. You can take breathtaking pictures. You can also see the Upper Falls, although not as well. Definitely an awesome adventure!

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.

So many switch backs but a great little walk to see the waterfall.

hiking
25 days ago

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

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!

A short boardwalk, not really a hike, but fantastic anyway! A must-see.

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

1 month ago

Great short hike with many steps and a fantastic photo opt

birding
1 month ago

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

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

Amazing, as is all of Yellowstone.

lots of steps

Hiked trail mid sept’18. Easily accessible from west thumb parking area and across main park road. Offers nice view of Yellowstone lake from high point. Proceeded with caution due to bear warning signs and scat and was relieved to be joined by another hiking couple for what was a pleasant 90 min 2 mile hike through meadow and light forest with mild hills. Lots of room up top for a snack and pictures.

A nice short walk.

best time was at 7:30am. no crowds

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

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

Such diversity in one park continues to inspire. The paintpots are beautiful and very entertaining to watch.

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.

Go at sunset to get a great view of Grand Prismatic and alpenglow covered mountains. The new overlook trail is a steep but short hike.

Amazing view but very hard to enjoy with the crowd. Lots of rude foreigners with no consideration of others at all. Glad to see it from that vantage point once but will never do it again because of the crowd.

great view.

nature trips
2 months ago

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

walking
2 months ago

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

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

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