When in Rome... yes just walk the mile and go see the thing. Then treat yourself to a huckleberry lollipop in the government-subsidized gift shop.

Start on the east side and walk the pass plus about 6 miles more. It was nice but a bit boring. Not much change of scenery other than the pass. The trail is relatively easy to walk and follow.

We looped it so it was only 19-20 miles for us. First 4 miles have incline but after that it’s pretty flat. Different types of views and there’s a 2-3 mile meadow section. Saw a moose and a black bear. You can back country camp 7 miles in with food containers available. Wouldn’t necessarily recommend because the views don’t go high up, but it is pretty!

I took the clockwise route, but both have a decent incline to start and gain/lose elevation throughout. So alltrails is inaccurate for the el. I was glad to go clockwise because the last mile and a half are open and it was super windy today, but it was at my back so it made it ok. Super muddy by the largest pond. Poles were helpful, didn't need my microspikes. Saw some birds, 2 ducks, and a herd of elk.

hiking
7 months ago

beautiful easy to follow trail.

hiking
7 months ago

we hiked it in early Oct so the traffic was light

The trail is 5.8 miles from the visitor center. Elevation gain is 1,453 feet. The summary information is wrong on AllTrails. Nevertheless it is a nice hike . I recommend traveling in a clockwise direction as much of the elevation gain comes early. No wildlife life on this very windy late September day.

Great hike lots of elk

Decent hike on 8/28/19. Not too difficult but better if done in the early morning or evening, as your chances of seeing wildlife are much higher! Be sure to take your binoculars!

nice trail per say I agree with another review horrible signage! we started going off trail and realized we were not right. thankfully I was able to google map the trail so we knew where to go. we didn't see any animals just our luck. and it's way longer then 5.5 miles!

The trail was longer than stated. My app measured 6.4 miles from parking area above start of trail and back. We did see a black bear eating berries, which was the highlight of the trail. There were some open vistas looking out to Gardiner and down to the river that were nice. The view toward the Mammoth terraces at the end was really nice. I probably would choose another trail next time. Not enough bang for the buck, so to speak, but lots of good exercise.

Hiked the trail clockwise, which I do recommend, as you start in a sagebrush meadow and end with the Hoodoos - a climactic ending! Views are fantastic, with lots of animal sign, but we only saw a few marmots, which was fine. The trail is quite exposed for most of the journey do plan accordingly with sunscreen and water on hot summer days. Really enjoyed this hike as it just kept getting better with all the varied terrains.

We started the trail near the hot springs, so had to do the incline. best bet might be to start near Juniper st. and go counterclockwise on the trail. great views, peaceful.

Beautiful on every step

Bring bear spray and be bear aware, we saw a mother bear and cub!! (30 July - late afternoon). A lovely walk through meadows and forest. Not too strenuous.

Nice hike lots of up hill and a pretty steep grade coming down. bugs were a plenty. I didnt see any wildlife but there was fresh evidence of their presence. My tracker was working correctly but tyis seemed longer than 5.5 miles.

hiking
bugs
10 months ago

great trail! beautiful walking through the fields of flowers. saw plenty of elk and deer, and a couple walking the other way said they saw a coyote and a badger. not much shade in parts and loads of bugs by the lake, but the views and flowers make it worth it.

hiking
bugs
over grown
10 months ago

Nice hike, tougher than we expected, moderate would be the right rating. Lot of beautiful places to see wildlife, however we did not see anything which was disappointing. Would still recommend.

très belle randonnée assez facile mais attention : c'est 10 km et pas 5.5

backpacking
bugs
10 months ago

Be aware that back country site one has high bear activity. We set up camp there 7/17/19. At 5:30pm we watched a black bear across the river. As it climbed up the bank, he met up with a grizzly. As we watched those two I spotted a grizzly on our side of the river 75 feet away. We screamed at it to no avail. Needless to say, we broke camp and left in a hurry.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful trail, but not easy! I’d say moderate. We went the way that was mostly uphill with a steep descent at the end.

hiking
bugs
over grown
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Many lovely things to say about this hike but in no way does “easy” provide an accurate factual description, and I hike a lot. I would rate it moderate. Not strenuous moderate like Mount Washburn, just plain moderate, and I hike alot. There are multiple extended climbing inclines, not just the initial switchbacks, and there are also many extended relatively flat sections. Absolutely resplendent wildflowers, just beautiful and almost surreal in their glory. We were welcomed to the trail by a herd of elk and their babies...that was awesome. Saw ground squirrels and beautiful black tail deer; saw two coyotes near the end of the trail....Mostly saw LOTS and lots of bugs...I didn’t use facial netting near the short boggy section of the hike, the woods, or the lakes and wished I had; me, my husband, and twin boys stuck w Deep Woods Off instead; and all of us got bit by black flies on our faces, arms and legs. My main problem with this hike, and the reason I subtracted two stars, is that there is a DANGEROUS LACK OF SIGNAGE at the almost exact halfway point where you start back from the last lake to start closing up the loop and heading back to Mammoth. At the last lake, the worn trail path passes along a narrow stream. No sign exists to tell you that you are supposed to turn off the trail and cross a short single plank bridge over to continue the trail, and we never saw it. Instead, we kept walking on what appeared to be the exact same path we had been on. The path began to cross a large ravine, sideways, with basically a tilted rocky path over the deep ravine. We figured it out fairly quickly, thanks in no small part to the very odd placement of a cell tower on this hike that let me see where we were, and that we had inadvertently gone off the trail, but not before it scared me to death; the titled incline trail was very dangerous and looked like the continuation of the trail we were on......ADVICE: when you start to leave the last lake keep LOOKING TO YOUR RIGHT FOR A SINGLE WOODEN FOOTBOARD crossing the stream...then the trail is easy to spot and the whole way back there is no question that you are on the right trail. If you think oh no I’d not miss the bridge....there were 12 other hikers off trail and scared with us at the same time we were, and we directed another four we saw about to go off trail.. Obviously we figured it out courtesy the odd luxury of having cell service throughout this hike, but all that’s needed is a simple sign.. would still recommend as quintessential Yellowstone hike

magnifique randonnée simple avec des helks et la rencontre à 50m d'une ourse brune avec son petit. a faire dans le sens des aiguilles d'une montre pour voir la faune plus rapidement.

Beautiful trail with abundant wildflowers all along the way. Not sure I would rate this as easy, as the ascent is very steep, even with the switchbacks. Saw lots of birds, even a very large bull snake. The overlook and the abundance of wildflowers made the hike worthwhile.

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