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My friends and I did this hike last Sunday (8/12) and were somewhat disappointed with the closures on the trail. Also, the entirety of this hike runs alongside North Rim Drive, which really takes away from the majesty of hiking in the wilderness.

We started this trek around 3 pm and arrived back at our car around 5 pm. Instead of starting at the Upper Falls, like the trail map suggests, we actually began at the Brink of the Lower Falls Trail. This ended up being the highlight of our day, as the views looking back into The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone were absolutely breathtaking!

After making the trek back up to the road, we continued onward to Lookout Point and Grand View. We would have liked to reach Inspiration Point but were met with a closure sign upon arriving at the trailhead, which really put a damper on the day.

We did end up driving along the South Rim Drive to Artist Point, which was a pleasant consolation, even though Inspiration Point provided a higher vantage point and an entire view of the canyon, which we missed out on.

If you’re looking to escape the masses on the road, this is not the trail for you.

I did this hike last Friday (8/10) with two of my best friends and it was absolutely incredible!

We started our trek around 11:30 am and completed it around 4:30 pm. We did spend close to 30 minutes having lunch down by the creek, and probably could have cut off an additional 30 min. if we weren't caught behind some slow-moving "tourists" upon our return to the trailhead.

There are two ways to reach the trail, one of which being taking the ferry across Jenny Lake, which we did, but will run you $15 per person for a round-trip ticket. It runs approximately every 15 minutes. You can also take the 2-mile trail around the perimeter of the lake to reach the trailhead, which we decided against because of the longevity of our hike.

Having said that, after you get to the actual trail for this trek, it is pretty free of families and novice hikers. Most of the elevation gain for this particular hike is in the first mile to mile and a half. And once you reach the end of that gain, the valley opens up and you are surrounded by towering peaks on each side, which is pretty spectacular.

Shortly after the trail opened up we saw a black bear rummaging around in the creek about 20 yards away from where we saw a female moose sunbathing that certainly made our day.

This is a decently challenging hike, primarily because of the 9-miles round-trip and 1,000-feet of elevation gain. However, it is absolutely worth every step, and if I were to return I would make a backpacking adventure out of our next journey, as this trail leads to many other amazing trais when it forks at the end!

Note: The trek outlined in the trail map is currently closed and you will need to take the alternate route to the trail. When you get off the boat dock just head to your right and you will run into the sign for the trailhead on your left, which is about 100 yards down the trail that loops around Jenny Lake.

Hiked on 8/8/2018; Inspiration Point and Hidden Falls were closed due to rockfall threat, but hikers could still access the trail into the valley using the horse route. For us, this trail was a beautiful introduction to the Grand Teton park. We took the Jenny Lake ferry to reach the trailhead on the western side of the lake; just around the first bend of the trail, we found a group of hikers and a ranger excitedly viewing a young black bear foraging in the bushes about 25 yards away (and thankfully moving away from us). Farther up the path, a family taught us how to identify the huckleberries that were growing plentifully by the trail; they were delicious! We saw a moose adult and child drinking and wading in pools in the valley (about 30 yards from the trail). We spotted pika in the boulder fields and plenty of chipmunks and squirrels throughout the hike. This trail offers a delightfully varied landscape, beautiful flowers, and plenty of wildlife to enjoy!

Mammoth Hot Springs are definitely interesting and worth a look; the low rating is largely driven by the absurdity of including the upper terrace as a "trail" when it is nothing but a road just wide enough for cars. Do NOT hike the upper terrace; if you wish to see those features, do that loop by car as the Parks Service clearly intends. The lower terrace has a series of pedestrian boardwalks and stairs that facilitate an interesting walkabout to view the beautiful travertine formations around the hot springs. There are a couple of placards describing the basic process by which these types of features formed, but there is almost no information provided as to what explains their various names and histories. Bottom line: this is an easy stop that is a worthwhile roadside attraction but is not a "trail" or a "hike" per se, and All Trails should know better than to mark a narrow car-only road (upper terrace) as a "trail."

Long story short, my girlfriend wanted to go on a hike and I didn’t want to go on a hike, so we compromised and went on a hike. The first 1.2 miles are steep but over quickly, we made it to the trail marker saying that the fork was 3.3 miles and it was mostly a walk from there. There were three or four water falls on the mountain to the right when you could see through the woods. I got tired about 4 miles in and she lied to me and said there was a vendor selling Gatorade at the end. There was no Gatorade and I did a 9 mile hike.

Top 3 best hikes I’ve done! We took a shuttle boat to the trail head. The first mile or so is all uphill and heavily trafficked but once you make it to the canyon it’s a steady hike with amazing views of waterfalls, cascades and the mountain side! We saw a grizzly bear about 30 yards munching on some berries and two moose in the marsh!

Did this hike today. My 4th time!!! It’s as beautiful as ever. Well worth the effort it takes to get there. I would suggest you go very early.

Fantastic trail. If you don't want to pay for the ferry, you can park at String Lake and hike just 1.7 miles to the trailhead, saving 2.2 miles vs the hike from the Jenny Lake trailhead. once you complete the initial switchbacks which are somewhat strenuous, the remainder of the trail is a gradual climb up the canyon. Even if you can't complete the full trail, don't stop at the trail junction at the top of the switchbacks. One further mile into the canyon opens up views and vistas you don't want to miss. I had the luck to see two moose across the creek and encounter zero bears. Do being bear spray and hike in a group.

Beautiful view, but too difficult for me to hike there.

a short boardwalk stroll to very beautiful thermal pools
get there before it warms up to see the steam wafting through the air

hiking
5 days ago

This hike is absolutely incredible. The detour makes the hike more like 14 miles. The view and wildflowers are amazing. Would also recommend swimming in Lake Solitude. We saw 4 moose just on this hike. Its a must.

We absolutely loved this hike! Took us about 5 hours in total, we went just past the fork at the end to picnic a bit closer to the falls. We saw a black bear near the start, and the views throughout this hike were simply unreal... At one point, my 17 yr old son squealed with joy at the views near the creek.. One of the definite highlights of our Grand Teton/ Yellowstone trip, highly recommended! Definitely recommend an early start: we took an 8 am boat crossing, and had the trail mostly to ourselves. On our way back, the trail was PACKED and it was a completely different experience.

We hiked this trail in about 2.25 hours. Nice and steady incline of close to 3000 feet. Will work your lungs! At Amphitheatre Lake we had lunch then spent the next hour climbing the narrow trails and boulders that started at the lake and went further up. SUPER technical. Not recommended unless you're a skilled hiker. We made it to a glacier and turned around. The views up there were unbelievable.

Amphitheater Lake is amazing! Many people went swimming in the cold water. Well maintained trail.

A wonderful day hike. Start early to avoid too many hikers. A steep initial climb leads to gentle upward canyon walk. Most often you will see moose, pica and lots of wildflowers.
Our family’s favorite hike

A interesting place. Different from other places in Yellowstone. One of my favorite.

It's a great view to see the grand prism from this trail, and it's very easy.

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.

When I went there it's raining and too much fog. I think it will be better in a sunny day. Besides, I didn't see the fish cone. I think it is related to the water level in the lake.

hiking
8 days ago

One of the most favorite trails in United States. I went there in June. There are many falls beside the canyon generated by melt snow. In the end you can see a beautiful large fall.

Murderous, but worth it. Super gorgeous trail, did this instead of Delta lake at the advice of a park ranger, apparently there’s been 3 search and rescues because of people getting hurt/lost on that trail. Very quiet, peaceful. Make sure you dip your feet in the glacial water!

Did this hike my first day in GTNP. Beautiful lakes

Pretty stunning to see up close. Great views. Then onto Fort Yellowstone which was also interesting. Lots of people but it is what it is. Ran into a lot of road construction which was frustrating.

Good family day hike but very busy. Lots to see along the trail. I did the hike July 17, 2018 and don't feel the bugs were bad at all. I didn't put on bug spray, just kept a decent pace and they didn't seem to land on me. Some of the reviews suggesting stopping early, but I really think that all of the different landscapes are worth the hike. To stop early is only to spend more time in shops or restaurants and that's not what I'm here for. the end of this trail isn't really a "grand finale" type of finish but beautiful and worth the extra steps to see the cascades at the fork. If you're looking for something spectacular, go on to one of the other trails at the fork.

Awesome hike! Unreal place when you get to the top. One of the best day hikes I have done! Hard, but not grueling at all. All different types of ages capable of doing this trail. Mama Black bear and her cubs were 5 yards from me on the trail eating berries. 18 switchbacks, exposed (sunblock), nice views of the lakes!

hiking
11 days ago

Gorgeous trail. We would have gone to solitude trail but we started off bit late and had to catch the shuttle back. There is creek flowing all along and the views are gorgeous! The trail is moderate but most of the elevation is at the beginning after which it is a straight path. We stopped at the fork for the lunch by the flowing stream which was turquoise ! I also did see raspberries growing on near the trail. Loved it. Will do this again !

Great hike! Saw a moose in the beginning of the trail up close. Beautiful views. Two black bears ran across the trail toward the upper portion of the trail. Amazing place.

We went late afternoon. Had mostly blue sky with a few clouds. The view of Grand Prismatic was spectacular! I chose to hike this late afternoon based on another review. Apparently with the cooler morning air, there can be more steam coming off the pool obscuring the view. The wind also seems to affect the steam coming off the pool, based on my observation when we were on the boardwalk at Grand Prismatic. Nevertheless, we were rewarded with a perfect view from above this day!

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.

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