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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!

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3 days 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!

Is quite crowded for most of it but the views are excellent.

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.

13 days 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.

Great hike. The views were amazing. Started at Lower Falls, hiked to Inspiration Point and then back to Grand View and Overlook.

Can’t wait to go back! When I was there, my husband and I hiked a portion of it with our 6th month old which was interesting. It was steep and chilly so we ended up turning around but the views were INSANE! Super pretty place, I don’t think Americans realize how lucky they are to have a country so beautiful as ours! The GC at YST is amazing and everyone should see it! Next time I intend to take my older kids there to hike the entire park!

23 days ago

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

23 days 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

hiking
1 month 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.

Went on this trail with my dog, super awesome and very beautiful flowers along the way. Great exercise in the fresh air for both of us.

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.

360 degree views - stunning. Definitely need bear spray / be prepared and educated.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike. Not too difficult or steep, even at the height of the mountain. It is a long hike for sure, but the 360° view at the top makes it completely worth it. Would do it again and highly recommend.

This is a wonderful trail to the top of Cinnamon Mtn, which has excellent views on a clear day. While this trail can be hiked in the early season, it is best after the snow has melted on the upper sections and the lower part of the trail has had a chance to dry. As of Aug 4, 2018, the trail was in excellent shape and all but the newest deadfall had been cleared from the trail. Wildflowers are abundant in many areas.

1 month ago

Sneaky hike - given the distance and elevation gain I was a little skeptical about the “hard” rating, but it lived up to it. One of those hikes which is relentless. Very nice one though, only issue early August 2018 was the smoke coming in from out of State wildfires which made for hazy visibility at distance.

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1 month ago

Really beautiful views and landscape changes - you start out in the woods, then open up to a beautiful meadow, then climbing up some slate! You don’t quite get to escape reality though - the power lines run up the mountain and it’s the only place in the park I got cell service! Suggest putting your phone on airplane mode if you don’t want to be bothered. Took a little less than 2 hours total.

partially shaded trail through tall pines as you make your way up the mountain. not much visibility til you get towards the top, but the peak is pretty. the long switchback made the grade more manageable. not sure I would put this on my list again. There's several other hikes in yellowstone with more to see.

hiking
2 months ago

a lovely hike with plenty of wildflowers, butterflies and scenic views on each bend. just about 2 miles to the top and you can see the edge of the caldera. I didn't opt for the back trail to attest to that portion. but worth adding to your yellowstone hikes!

Beautiful hike! The flowers and views are amazing. The lake is pretty lame, more of a large puddle. (And no fish). My Apple Watch said the lake is 5.3 miles back in there.

Narrow path with lots of horse poop. Be sure to wear long pants because the grass is long in places. The lake at the top is pretty, but quite brown and not very inviting for a swim. We saw bear and wolf tracks, which was pretty cool. The wildflowers and general vegetation were spectacular. The flies were bad (as I imagine they are throughout these parts in summer), so bring ya’ DEET. Not overly strenuous, we made it up in an hour and a half.

Almost gave the trail 4 stars due to all the closures that interrupted our hike because there were no signs warning us of them til we got to the closure— but the views were so breathtaking it’s still worth 5 stars to me. This trail was the highlight of my entire Yellowstone trip, 10/10 would do again.

2 months ago

We hiked Bunsen Peak Pass then descended down the back of the mountain, took the Osprey Falls trail down to the falls and then there ok the Osprey Trail back to the trailhead. Saw mule deer, marmots, and had a brief mouse encounter. It was 10.5 miles total. Very fun and made for a fantastic leg and cardio day. Osprey Falls trail alone would be pretty challenging the last 1.4 miles. Don’t pull up short though. The falls are well worth the effort. Would definitely do it again.

Kent

2 months ago

Great views from top and enjoyed going down via the back way to add distance and away from people.. saw marmot, elk...

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

We walked from the back of canyon village, south on the trail east of sunbeam and walked along the rim and down to red rock point. It was a great walk and the right amount for our 9 and 7 year old. We saw a sleeping bison in canyon village car park on the way and then a bull elk in the lodge car park in the way back. The views of the waterfall and the canyon were fabulous.

Beautiful trail! After the saddle it's a little difficult to scramble to the top with all the loose rocks. Especially without poles! Didn't need any water shoes, there were some bridges for crossing and nothing you couldn't cross barefoot if you wanted to spare your hiking shoes. Very pretty wildflowers this time of year (early July). Would highly recommend, but probably not for novice hikers.

hiked 7/4/18 trail is muddy in some places but very torn up at the beginning due to horses. at the sign go right. trail gets steeper but easier terrain. the trail will open up and there's amazing views for the last mile. it's about 1.5 after you turn right. worth doing absolutely gorgeous and delicious cinnamon at the top.

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