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Katie Walters
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Hiking

Pack bug spray!!!! The hike back was completely miserable! But can’t beat only seeing three groups of people in 15 miles!

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Madalyn Young
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Hiking

We went over two days! It was beautiful and well worth it. There were a crap ton of mesquitos at our campsite and the last mile and half to the falls. So bring bug spray!!

lori jagger
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Hiking

7/14/20. Great hike day. Day began at 7 am 60 degrees. 1 hour drive to lone star trail head from West Yellowstone KOA. We had the trail to ourselves until we arrived at the geyser. We shared the eruption experience with 6 other people. We continued on alone on the Howard Eaton trail to the old faithful plaza. We shared the Old faithful irruption experience with hundreds of others then We returned to our vehicle via Kepler Cascade ski trail.

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Anjali Sharma
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HikingBugsMuddy

We did this on 07/01/2020. Views were breathtaking, spectacular. Most of the part of this trail was covered with mud. keep an eye out for grizzly. we saw fresh grizzly footprints on our way up. Bear spray recommended. Filled with bisons and big horns.

Olivia V.
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Hiking

Densely forested trail. Be bare aware and make noise up and down the trail. No signs of or sightings of bears. Passed a couple other hikers. Short and not too steep switchbacks. I hiked counter clockwise. I don’t think their is much difference in climbing or descending counter/ clockwise. Good view of YS lake between the trees. Lovely wildflowers along the trail! Trail is well defined. Couple trees down on trail. Only took about an hour and a half. Good hike if you don’t have a lot of time!

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Gillian Victor
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HikingBugs

We started early and we were able to see bison, elk, and cranes. As a warning we saw pretty fresh wolf and bear prints, bring bear spray. All in all a beautiful hike!

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Carrie Gallugi
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HikingBugs
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Black female in nature
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Hiking

Basically couldn’t find the trail. Asked a Ranger that was nearby, she tried her best to help but no luck

Edna Lopez
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Hiking

This is a nice trail and gets you up, close and personal with wildlife, but make sure to keep a distance from the bison! We had to pass them twice and I strongly suggest going off trail if they are blocking the trail! We ended up hiking about 50-100 feet above the trail to avoid them! They may look slow and harmless but when you get close enough to them they will charge and they were definitely showing us signs of aggression.

Kristin S.
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BackpackingBugs

A beautiful hike, lots of wild flowers. We hiked counterclockwise from Fairy Falls to OD3/Firehole Falls. Mosquitoes followed us most of the way and made the campsite miserable (even with heavy duty bug spray and wearing all the clothing we brought). A very pretty campsite though, right next to a small waterfall. The hike from OD3 to Biscuit Basin was buggy til we dropped down to Mystic Falls.

Black female in nature
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Hiking

Walked the whole north trail until it close at crystal falls. It was fun! Going back to due the south trail soon

Black female in nature
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HikingBugs

Great hike! The view was worth it.

Rupp B.
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trail
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Tima Banialis
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Hiking

Beautiful hike. We were a little worried about running into a bear as the signs were posted making it clear it was bear country. We were prepared with bear spray. It is a must. We saw several bear markings. But not bears. We could hear wolves at one point, but no sighting. Flowers and views were gorgeous and you get to see the backside of Yellowstone.

Jared Resnick
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Hiking

Ok, let’s clear up a couple things before discussing the hike: 1) This should just be called Lava Creek Canyon Trail that leads you to The falls 2) If you call the ranger station, at least that’s what they call it, because that’s it’s name 3) Don’t start in the campground, start where the trailhead clearly begins as there is a sign and a trailhead marked just for you 4) If you are coming in from the North Entrance, the trail head is clearly marked with a sign on your left. 5) If you reach Mammoth Campgrounds (on your right), you have gone too far 6) Mammoth Campgrounds is currently closed, parking there and starting isn’t even an option Now the hike: It’s breathtaking. You drop into a canyon and follow the river where you will see tons of wildlife, amazing wildflowers and nature blossoming in every direction. We saw two people on the hike. One a runner who was there and then gone and a fly fisherman who wasn’t even on the trail. There is a awesome suspension walking bridge shortly after beginning that takes you over the river and it is just beautiful. In the beginning the hike is rolling hills but the last mile+ is uphill. Straight up hill. We just climbed an 11k peak last week and this was not a little jaunt in the park. You need a lot of water. Double what you think you need as that summer sun coupled with summer wind will hide just how dehydrated you really are. All trails posts this as approx 8.3 miles. We clocked it a touch over 9 round trip. I think the estimated time is a little on the embellished side of things. I am sure you can do it in 3.5 hours but let’s remember that you need to be watching out for wildlife and be on the lookout for Prairie Rattlers this time of year. I highly recommend a walking stick in the tall grass to tap the ground, rocks and bushes. All said, this is a fantastic hike, but not one I would recommend for the beginner or someone that hasn’t spent a little time prior to the hike at an altitude over 6k. The views are unrivaled and the falls at the end are a treat. Well not really the end, surprise...now you gotta hoof it back.

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Ron Karpel
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Hiking

it is not very steep, but a steady climb to the summit. there is no view until the top.

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Debbie Ferng
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HikingBugs

Went backcountry at Mallard lake, the hike was great and we saw a grizzly cub on our way back. Planned on fishing but the lake was too shallow so didn’t see any fish at all. Water is warm and there are so many bugs and mosquitoes, so just be prepared.

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Anthony Del Russo
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HikingBugsNo shade

Ridiculously difficult hike. Did it in a day and wanted to die by the end. Incredible variety of landscapes on the way up. We had to turn back 0.5 miles before the summit due to dangerous winds (200 lb guy and it was throwing me around). Don’t take this hike lightly.

Sarah Lautenbach
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trail

Should be advised that many of these photos are not photos of the Wapiti Lake Trail. You hike 17 miles one way, 12 of which are in the mosquito infested woods with the same view. The hike is not super challenging if not for the distance, however, my question is why? Why would anyone want to do this distance to see basically nothing? The lake you camp at is a glorified swamp. I’d rather try a tasting sampler of battery acid. By the time you get to the valley before the lake you can’t enjoy the beauty because at this point you have been eaten alive for 13 miles and your friends hate you, you’ve used more curse words than clean language, and probability is high you cry before you finish one way. If you want to play a trick on your adventurous friends and take them on one of the longest most boring possible hikes and watch their spirit and love of nature and the outdoors collapse in on themselves like a dying star, this is your jam!

Ryan Stotland
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Hiking

If you enjoy torture then this trail might be for you. If you don’t like your friends or family then you should take them on this trail.

Angelina Pius
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HikingBugs

Super flat, easy trail. Nice way to get some mileage in on a lazy day. When we got to the trailhead we saw a family that had just finished trail running and they said they made a new personal best, clocking in at just over an hour. That was probably the most interesting part of the trail. There’s not many scenic views other than the end once you reach the lake. It was way too muddy at the end so we didn’t do the final .3 miles to the end of the trail. The lake was beautiful and there’s lots of cute wildflowers along the trail! There were seriously swarms of mosquitoes it was insane! I had to reapply bug spray twice. Still, not a bad trail.

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Mila Arkhiptsova
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Bugs

Backpacked and camped on OD4. It's a very nice site, has a bear box. The hike itself is not difficult , but not much too see to do a loop. I would recommend to do waterfall to waterfall. Very pretty waterfalls though!

Mila Arkhiptsova
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Rocky

One of my best areas in Yellowstone in my opinion. Backpacked and camped over night on 4C1. very beautyfull! easy access to water. highly recommend to pack light, the climb back is not easy but doable!

Elizabeth Gerken
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Hiking

Beautiful wildflowers of many varieties. The 2.1 mile one-way is very well marked, flat, easy. It was a delightful walk in a beautiful meadow near the creek. We did see evidence of bears but no actual sighting.

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