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Biscuit Basin Interpretive Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.7 mi Elevation gain 26 ft Route type Loop
Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Nature trips Walking Bird watching Hot springs Paved River Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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This interpretive, family-friendly, boardwalk trail has geysers, mud pots, hot springs and local wildlife, plus it connects to the following hiking trails: Mystic Falls, Fairy Creek, and Summit Lake. Three miles (5 km) north of Old Faithful is Biscuit Basin, named for the unusual biscuit-like deposits that used to surround Sapphire Pool. Following the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake, Sapphire erupted, and the "biscuits" were blown away; it last erupted in 1991. Sapphire remains one of the most beautiful blue pools in the park. Mustard Spring provides a bright color contrast, and Jewel Geyser adds excitement as it erupts every 7-10 minutes. Accessibility: This trail is boardwalk, typically at least three feet wide, and is flat with an average grade of 2%. The max grade is 4%. Most wheelchair and stroller users will find this trail navigable.

Hydrothermal features are fragile rarities of nature. Yellowstone preserves the largest collection of hydrothermal features on the planet. You have an unparalleled opportunity to view hot springs, geysers, mudpots, and fumaroles in a natural setting. Change takes place naturally in a hydrothermal area, but people can disrupt these processes and cause irreparable damage. Rocks, sticks, and other objects thrown into a hydrothermal feature may be permanently cemented in place, choking off water circulation and ending all activity. For the sake of all who follow, never throw objects into any feature. Stay on established walkways for your safety and to protect fragile formations that have formed over thousands of years. It is illegal to collect any natural or cultural objects or to remove, deface, or destroy any plant, animal, or mineral in Yellowstone's hydrothermal areas. Bring drinking water; take out all trash. While viewing or photographing the area, protect your camera, glasses, and binocular lenses from hydrothermal heat and stray. Toxic gases exist in Yellowstone. Dangerous levels of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide have been measured in some hydrothermal areas. If you feel sick, leave the location immediately. Help preserve Yellowstone for the future.

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Nick Murphy
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Kurt Renner
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Nice hike with decent elevation changes

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Lynnette Hirton
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Very serene, not too many people. Falls were beautiful.

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Kristen Fortman
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Amber Steffey
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Ariana Hoffman
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Nice little boardwalk trail with a mix of geyser and springs.

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Kevin Dunn
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Michael Brandon
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Shelly McHatten
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Start early to catch the large eruptions without other people in the way. Beautiful hike to Mystic Falls is not crowded and well worth the trip. My favorite geysers were Riverside and Grand. My favorite is Riverside, I suggest catching that early morning.

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julie_journeys on instagram
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Beautiful hot springs on a nicely maintained boardwalk. My first hike in the park saw a bison right on the trail, wasn't disappointed. Follow my instagram for more adventures @julie_journeys

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Sid Jain
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Zulfiya K.
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Blake Coombs
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Michael Suttle
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Great hike. Not too difficult though the sandy ground is slick in places.

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Ashley Curtis
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Beautiful sites.

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Wendi Sweet
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Wendi Sweet
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Erin Sturm
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Easy boardwalk which takes you by many features. Loved the gurgling/bubbling of all of the pools / geysers. Definitely busy in the afternoon, getting there early recommended to see more steam with less people!

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Tara Michele
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Beautiful hike!! I recommend hiking in the morning so you can get nice views of the hot springs at the basin in the beginning and then not as exposed bc you are in a lot of sun for the hike. The falls are worth the hike! Saw bear prints so be sure to bring bear spray!

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Charles Amoh
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This trail was fantastic! We took a stroller/wagon with two kids in it. The kids were comfortable and the trail is wide enough for people to walk past us when we were stopped. We LOVED seeing the Sapphire Pool and all the geysers and hot springs! A must see!

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Ron Fechtner
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Don Boren
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Chinh Do
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Matthew Digman
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Good view of thermal features, Jewel geyser is nice to get a closer up view of a geyser going off without the crowds or waiting around for old faithful

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Picking Up The Pieces of Us
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Aaron Kreilein
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Very well worn trail with a great view of the falls. You can climb down to the water but it’s a little tougher

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Adam Nelson
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Aleksey Zhulenev
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Courtney Ives
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Passing thru Biscuit Basin was a lovely surprise while on our way to hike Mystic Falls. So beautiful and cool!!

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