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Hiked to the prismatic overlook, and then finished on this trail. Totaled about 10 miles. The imperial geyser was the highlight of the trip. Hike was pretty boring compared to other hikes, but was very easy. Worth seeing the geyser over the falls or prismatic.

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?

hiking
1 month ago

Starts with a pleasant walk through a forest by the canyon, with a couple of nice lookout points. The trail really starts to shine 2-3 miles in once you start your descent into the canyon. Great views, lots of waterfalls and hot springs. You eventually make your way down to the river itself, before a tough hike back up to where you came from. We had a close encounter with a black bear on the way back quite close to the trailhead, so be prepared!

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.

hiking
2 months ago

The walk had some varying terrain. You start along the canyon then undulate through forest. The descent begins with a geyser then others as the descent drops more dramatically. Nice views along the trek. Walking sticks are handy down and up. Have lunch along the river upwind from the sulphur smelling geysers. The trek back I did huff and puff, still trying to get acclimated. Wildlife spotted was limited to chipmunks and squirrels. Only saw a dozen other hikers.
Highly recommend.

We did this hike three days ago. Started pretty early and had it mostly to ourselves. Very easy practically flat with changing scenery throughout. Forest to open meadows and then of course the lake area. Huge bull bison hanging out right off the trail about a half mile in. The area around the lake is lovely and quiet. Lots of lily pads so seems like a good place for moose although we didn’t see any. We’d do this hike again just for the scenery.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike seemed like it was forever. We were expecting to see some bison, elk, and maybe a moose, but we didn't see much, but poop. You cross 4 streams, but the first two are dry right now. The third, you can jump over pretty easily, but the 4th you are going to have to take off your shoes. It goes about ankle deep and calf deep in some areas, but its an easy crossing. There's no trail to get you right up to the lake, but you can get to it fairly easily if you walk through the trees. There was a couple camping at the lake when we went and they saw a moose swim the whole lake earlier in the day. We started at 3pm and got back around 7:30. We went pretty slow, but its fairy easy and flat. Disappointed that we didn't see anything, but there is definitely tons of elk and deer around.

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.

Take your fly rod. Lots of small Cutts and Arctic Grayling. See if you fish better than the Ospreys flying overhead.

Lightly traveled. Be sure to wear sandals that can go into water as there are two creek crossings to make as you go in. you cut through wood that open up to gorgeous meadows. The further in, the smaller, greener and more charming the meadows. We stopped for water break. My wife first heard it...then I heard the low and very deep growling coming from a short distance away. We did not wait to see what it was but kept trekking in. CARRY BEAR SPRAY. We kicked up a lot of noise and startled elk in the woods at the furthest point.

Highly recommend this trail because it was the trail less traveled and impressed us greatly.

Park at Biscuit Basin. The trail starts in the back of the boardwalk around the thermal pools. For the best trip, go to the right where the trail splits after the boardwalk. Then take the loop all the way around. Very strenuous on the way up, but the overlook and falls are incredible!

Good hike with great views, diverse ecosystems and fine riparian environment along stream and waterfalls, great for all.

This beautiful trail is approximately 29.5 miles long. I backpacked this trail over 6 days in a group that included several kids between the ages of 12-14. The difficulty was perfect as it challenged them but did not kill them. We stayed two nights at one of the campsites.

The trail offers dense pine forests, rocky beaches, massive meadows, wildflowers, vistas, geothermal features, swamps, and many rivers and streams. The trail has many ups and downs as far as altitude goes, it was much less flat than I expected. There are about a dozen different campsites (reservations required) along the trail. Each site offers an uncovered pit toilet with a spectacular view so you can enjoy the scenery and take care of business at the same time.

We were informed that there are bears in the area. We did see a lot of bear sign, but never did see any bears or any large game of any kind. I was surprised at how many wild berries we found growing near the trail including wild blueberries, wild raspberries, and whortleberries. There is one section of trail, approximately a quarter of a mile long to the east of the geyser basin, where the trail passes through a knee-deep muddy swamp. We attempted to pass through in flip-flops, but the mud sucked them off and caused the straps to tear. We found it easier to pass through barefoot.

We did the hike in mid-August and went counter-clockwise. The mosquitoes were terrible in some areas and almost non-existent in others. Mosquito repellent is highly recommended.

Great hike! The views were amazing but the hike was tough! The path can be very rocky at times. Make sure you have sturdy shoes and plenty of water. Go to the overlook first and then down to the falls.

I just walked to see the geysers under the mountain and didn't go to see the fall. I think the geysers here are even more beautiful than those in upper geysers.

I recommend doing the overlook first and then looping back to the falls. The first half is strenuous for folks who aren’t in stellar shape. However, the views are worth it.

I loved this hike!! We did the whole loop, hiking to the overlook first. The switchbacks to the overlook are strenuous, but the views are stunning! We continued onto the beautiful falls from there. Along the entire loop we saw so many variety of wildflowers! More that 15 varieties! I was in awe! We hiked this the second week in July. This trail met all my expectations for a high Mountain View, a beautiful falls, and lovely mountain wildflowers!!

We took the loop towards the right. it's pretty steep. be careful at the overlook losing the trail... if you keep trying to follow the ridge, you'll still see footprints for a bit but the loop actually cuts back very shortly once you reach the top. Ironically, the greenness and the non-western rolling hills-esque look combined with the steam (as if it were from a factory!), and the new growth trees smaller sized trees makes it look like Connecticut or upstate New York. In other words, not super impressive. The trail itself is quite nice and well maintained however, and the view of the falls coming down is better than towards the base of them. They're very nice falls. The remainder of the trail back along the creek is very nice too. then of.course the most.unique feature is that it contains biscuit Basin! Also it's true, this is a great way to escape crowds. it was astounding the line of cars and line to park at several of the surrounding areas. it's also true there's a ton of mosquitoes. load up on bugspray!

Had to scramble into the woods to let a herd of bison pass. The falls are spectacular.

We took the cascade creek trail head (about a mile west of cascade lake trail head) to cascade lake. Comparable distance, saw our only moose of the trip. Heard from other hikers this is a good wildlife hike.

beautiful falls, lots of mosquitoes and a decently busy hike so going early in the morning or later in the evening is probably best

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...

backpacking
4 months ago

Only did a partial hike (about 12 miles to the west side of Shoshone Lake). It was absolutely beautiful and I would definitely do it again. The only downsides would be a few water crossings and the mosquitoes were voracious.

An easy hike into the lake, beautiful views once you arrive

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!

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.

Great hike. First two miles to the lake are fairly flat. The last .25 to the lake is still pretty muddy but passable with hiking boots. Two miles in you hit the trail head to Observation Point....this is where you start to climb. Great views from the top!!! NOTE - Trail has no snow crossings anymore. The trail is very buggy...mosquitoes and biting flies. Bring bug spray!!! Only wildlife we saw was a marmot and a Bison in the distance. Happy Trailing!!!

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

Decent hike. Definitely easy - not sure why it’s rated as moderate. Beautiful fields and hills. The area around the lake was flooded though and super muddy. Our boots got totally soaked through.

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