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This short jaunt was like walking out onto an alien planet. The trees give way to a landscape you won’t see anywhere else on Earth.

hiking
29 days ago

There is a new trail that veers to the left of the old boardwalk. The old boardwalk has been removed and the area is being rehabbed.

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.

Very neat thermal features on an easy boardwalk loop.

2 months 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?

2 months 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?

This is an easy boardwalk that offers lovely views. However, to really enjoy the Grand Prismatic Spring I’d suggest taking the overlook trail.

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

Beautiful lake

Amazing, as is all of Yellowstone.

hiking
3 months 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.

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.

walking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

My husband and I hiked this Trail on September 15th, 2018 on our way in the north east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It was beautiful, picturesque hike that was nice to loosen up our hiking legs up for more difficult hikes. There was a nice variety to the surroundings. Some thicker forest area while hiking up a hill then it opened up to a beautiful lake with valleys surrounding it. There were ducks in the lake and a few fishermen fishing.  It was a very peaceful hike.

3 months ago

easy hike but not flowing well in middle of September

hiking
4 months 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!

Awesome trail with a little bit of everything. No complaints on this one at all. Its got meadow parts, dense forest parts, beach parts, etc. On the way out we had a big Bison bull eating just off the trail which was cool to see. Lots of Grizzlies in this area so be smart.

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.

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

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).

hiking
4 months ago

This is a marvelous little ramble! So relaxing and refreshing. Not strenuous in the least. A great walk for children. Beautiful vistas of the lake from the point. Sunny portions with a marmot colony in a rocky outcropping. Shady portions in the beautiful lodgepole forest. A small footbridge over a tiny, marshy brook was washed out but easily bypassed.

walking
4 months ago

Fun area

5 months ago

Easy quick hike, says it’s a mile but really 3/4 of a mile. Bridge was rotting with several areas broken thru boardwalk . These broken areas clearly visible when walking on the boardwalk. As with many trials in Yellowstone it is not well maintained. We saw a small herd of elk eating down by the creek. Short and sweet, good for all levels. There are some stairs to the falls but there is a hand rail and this area appears to be in good repair.

hiking
5 months ago

We did the loop to include observation point.
Great views from the top and we spent a long time just enjoying the outlook area. We climbed down to the falls which were nice. We went down river from the falls and soaked our feet in the river while we enjoyed the morning sun. A nice hike but can get steep at times. The trail is not well maintained on the observation climb with loose gravel and some slippery spots this should be a moderate level hike.
Overall a nice hike with falls and views

Very amazing! Come early to avoid too many people. When I went there, there is so much fog that I cannot see my friend near me. Interesting!

The grand Grand Prismatic Spring is certainly one of the most deserve to see in the Yellowstone. However, It's too large to see the whole prism besides it. I suggest to hike both this trail and the other trail going to the mountain besides the prism and see it from above.

5 months ago

Our favorite Yellowstone hike. Meadow, lake, beach, and forest. Kids traversed down to the beach and enjoyed time by the lake. Saw a yellow belly marmot and a coyote on the hike. The bridge is still out but you can go 20 feet down the creek and early cross to complete the loop.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike, with hardly anyone there. Took a trail that shoots off the back en of the lake that lead to another smaller lake. Saw fresh signs fo bear activity and heard very loud and distinct warning growls as we neared the smaller pond.

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