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Do the full trail!!!! We saw so many people turn around at the falls but we kept going to the top of the mountain and it was SOOO worth it. Probably my favorite hike we did in Yellowstone! The view of all the geysers steaming in September was like something I’ll probably never see again. Amazinggggg!!!!

I hiked this at the end of August and there was a lot of snow. I almost got blown over by the wind at the top! It is steep the whole way up except for a few spots. If you are doing it, come prepared with water and layers.

This was a very easy and relatively short hike. My mother and I hiked to the lookout and turned around to avoid having to walk back on the road. We saw some wildlife, but I would recommend hiking in the morning to see more. There were several other groups who were hiking this trail at the same time we were which were loud and definitely were scaring away animals.

I hiked this trail with my 50 year old mother. If she can do it, you can too. That being said there is a point about a mile in that the trail path got obscured. My mother and I ended up climbing the mountain off trail for a while until we met back up with it. We we're able to take the trail down the whole way. The view on top is beautiful, but make sure you're prepared with hiking equipment and a positive attitude.

2 months ago

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!

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2 months ago

Beautiful views!!! We felt like we were on top of the world as we ate our lunch. There was snow, ice and mud on the trail making it tricky to get to the top. I suggest to go a little earlier in the season Did it with a 5,9,11,13, and 15 year old and 2 out of shape parents. The whole trip up and down took 5 hours.

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?

on Bunsen Peak

3 months ago

Very nice and easy hike. Amazing views. One is the few still open in October.

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3 months 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!

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3 months 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.

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3 months ago

This a a great hike with gorgeous views most of the way up. It took us about 1:15-30min to get to the top and that includes a few breaks for water and pictures (and about 45min to hike down). All 4 of us are decently experienced hikers and it was a bit strenuous at times, but not hard. Once at the top, there were some people up there and we decided to keep walking straight for about 5-10 more minutes to an area that had 4 stones to sit on and eat our lunch with 360 degrees of stunning views!

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.

hiking
4 months 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.

We took the overlook trail up. The switchbacks were tough. It was not very well marked at the top. We, luckily, found our way back to the trail to the falls. Other than that the trail was well maintained. The views were incredible. The falls were spectacular. Overall a fantastic hike.

4 months ago

Did this as a loop, going up the Bunsen Peak trail, east off the summit and down to the Osprey Falls trail. The Bunsen Peak trail is excellent. Well maintained with excellent views all the way up. View from the top is outstanding. It looses a star for the crowds, even after Labor Day, and the cell service at the top. This led to cell phones ringing and people texting or on their social media.
You leave everyone behind when you go east off the summit. The down side to that is that the trail isn’t in as good shape. There was a short stretch near the top crossing scree that required some path finding. After that the trail stays near the top of the ridge through mostly burned forest for a mile or so before going down steep switchbacks to a road. The views on the second part of the hike are not as good as on the way up but it’s nice to get away from crowds this close to one of Yellowstone’s major attractions.
Finally, even with my sea level lungs and arthritic knees I’d rate this hike moderate, not hard. There are many hikes rated moderate in AllTrails much harder than this one. Don’t be put off by the hard rating.

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.

Great hike! Being from Washington and sea level, the elevation was the biggest challenge, like some others have said. My husband and I could not catch our breaths by the time we were about halfway up! Gorgeous views though of the park, lake, and mountain ranges.

To clarify, I'm a chunky chick. This hike took me a lot longer than it would for others due to my chunk lol. I hiked on 08/30, weather was dry and warm. I was hiking by myself, so had bear spray and was playing music through the hike. I recommend walking sticks for balance in some areas (or to grip tightly when scared of heights).

As mentioned, I'm a chunky chick. I wanted to challenge myself a bit on some of my hikes, so I took this one. In my opinion, it starts by climbing. And climbing. And cl... you get the idea lol

I took many "scenic breaks" on the way up (aka catching my breath). Some folks returning recommended taking the left fork onto the loop, saying it was easier. I fully agree. (more on that later).

I'm not a fan of heights (aka deathly fear), so as the trail begins to switchback, I did feel a bit uncomfortable on the trail. It was worth it at the top though. Incredible view out over the lake to the mountains beyond. There are a couple of rough benches to rest on. There was only one other person at the top when I arrived and we took photos of each other. I spent a bit of time there before heading back on to the loop.

The trail einds a bit through some woods before starting the descent. And it just keeps going down. There was a few spots where it was very rocky, and had roots shooting out. If ascending this way, parts would have been a bit of a scramble at times, so if you want to do the full loop, definitely do this side as the descent. Your knees will thank you.

My entire round trip took just over 2 hours, including stopping for lunch at the top. And if a chunky chick can do it, so can you!

hiking
4 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.

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4 months ago

This hike was HARD but so worth it! I consider myself in shape however the elevation kicked my butt. I panted the whole way up because it is quite literally a constant incline. It gets a little sketchy up top with loose rocks that make you feel like you might slip right off the Mountain. The views are spectacular throughout though! I’ll be sore for days but I’d do it all again! I think the distance should be edited - my Fitbit tracked 3.05 miles one way - which would make this hike 6.10 miles not 4.1.

There are two trails leading away from the parking lot. The official trail with the signpost is a gradual climb to the canyon edge. The unmarked trail next to the bathroom climbs steeply to the edge. Along the canyon is a beautiful hike. I had my 5 year old along for the hike and only felt compelled to hold her hand a couple of times where it was steep off to the right. At the Specimen Ridge trailhead (which is a short way off the road) there is an unmarked trail which runs all the way back to the parking area so you don’t have to hike on the road itself. Saw bison. Bring water. Its a short hike but dry and hot with little shade.

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4 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.

hiking
4 months ago

Short and rewarding hike. It was a steady climb most of the way with a lot of rock scrambling towards the last 1/2 mile, but I didn’t find it particularly challenging. I reached the peak in about an hour and 15 minutes and down in less than an hour. Great views at the top but it is very windy so layers are a must!

4 months ago

Don't be intimidated by the hard rating it is tough but very manageable and the views at the top are breathtaking.

4 months ago

A great hike. Well maintained and mostly clear trail. Easy to walk and maintain a good pace. Beautiful views all the way up. Hiked with my husband and 5 year old daughter.

Awesome hike. Herd of Elk early into hike. Wide canopy fire road. Unbelievable reward at the end. Beautiful

Trail was a bit confusing and poorly marked at first. Do not head uphill to the overlook if you are wanting to get to Fairy Falls, just keep walking. Once you're on the trailhead, it's marked very well. Fairy Falls was great and the chipmunks were overly friendly. We walked on to Imperial Geyser and back out. Trail gets a bit muddy in sections but for the most part it's flat and well maintained.

This trail has awesome views of the canyon. There is no official trail sign at the bottom/start of the trail when you reach the Yellowstone Picnic Area and the trail isn’t well marked. We ended up just going to the point where there was a sign for different trails 2 miles in and just turning around—using it as an out-and-back trail instead of a loop. I do feel a little cheated because unlike other reviewers we saw no wildlife on our hike (unless you count the numerous grasshoppers!). Maybe it is because we went late morning. I would not recommend this for anyone with younger children. You hike along the very edge of the canyon on sandy/loose soil. Even my 15-year-old who was mostly paying attention slipped a tiny bit when his foot went just a bit outside the trail edge. I would go this one early in the morning because there is no shade.

hiking
4 months ago

being a scientist, of course i had to honor bunsen (burner, lol) peak! i found this hike refreshing after getting bogged down by the crowds on the boardwalk sights. although, it didn't feel like ~2 miles on the ascent. great views at the top.

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