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Bunsen Peak is a 4.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October.

Length 4.4 mi Elevation gain 1,282 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Hot springs

Views

Wildlife

Snow

No dogs

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Getting There

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm Wyoming Business Council Tourism Office, Frank Norris Jr. Travel Center, I-25 & College Drive , Cheyenne, WY, 82002-0660, Phone: 307-777-7777, Fax: 307-777-6472

Directions from Mammoth Hot springs: Travel 4.7 miles south. Immediately past the Golden Gate Bridge park on the left in the Glen Creek Trailhead parking lot.

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Emma Nally
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Scott Fancher
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Hiking

We climbed Bunsen peak upon our arrival in the park after a 5 hour drive. What a great way to unwind and stretch our legs to start our pre 4th of July visit to the park. It’s a simple climb with moderate effort and a nice view waiting for you at the top. It’s a great one for the kids as well!

U. Elkins
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I would recommend this trail. After first mile more steep switch backs and loose rocks. Saw all ages on this trail. Make sure to sign the guest book at the top!

Abigail Brady
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Olivia V.
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Quick hike up the mountain. Switchbacks are short and moderately steep. The trail is in good condition and easy to follow. Towards the peak the trail gets more rocky. Wooded parts of the trail are dense so be bear aware! The views are beautiful in all directions at the peak!

Maggie G
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Hiking

Definitely a moderate trail; a good workout. Views at the top were beautiful.

Jeff Kimball
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This was my first real trail in 2018. Hiked it with my 15 year old son. It was more strenuous than I thought it would be due to the elevation gain. Probably my favorite so far. Beautiful views, snow on mountain in July. Going down was quick, able to jog down.

Sendhil Revuluri
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Hiking

Amazing views! Definitely moderately strenuous going up as advertised. With kids it took 2 hours up, 1 hour down. Was quite windy at the top.

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Chris Gezon
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HikingBlowdown

Fantastic views all the way up looking in several directions. Quick morning or afternoon hike, took us a little under 2 hours.

Doug Briggs
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Hiking

Excellent hike, weather was mostly cloudy; plenty of opportunities to rest and take photos on the way up; near the top a large patch of snow stretched across the trailer and had to be negotiated;

Marc Maldaver
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Hiking

Fantastic hike and a good workout. Great views at the top. Hiking boots aren't required but would help with some rocky parts. There was some snow near the top in early June but nothing too bad. Be bear aware!

Erin Shrum
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Hiking

Bunsen Peak was a bit challenging but totally doable for someone who is more of a beginner like myself. Amazing views, lots of switchbacks and a cool hiker log at the top to sign! A bit rocky at some points but I was fine in normal tennis shoes. Took about two hours in total.

Matthew Grobe
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Hiking

Excellent hike with some of the best scenic views in the park of the distant Gallatin Mountains. Very easy for a summit hike.

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Maris L.
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A great short hike up a steep hill, rewarding views at the top and a cool radio tower. June 4, 2020 there was some snow close to the top, definitely wear the right shoes and this won't be a problem.

Barbora Habalová
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Hiking

Did the morning hike in mid July 2018, started around 5am from Glen Creek Trailhead parking lot. About 1 hour to the top, nice and easy hike.

Chris Pike
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Slippery snow over ice on most of the trail made this surprisingly difficult. Might be easier if you wait until it warms up and melts some. Don’t forget to sign the hiker’s log at the top!

Mark Fortman
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Hiking

Great hike with panoramic views. Changing terrain kept it interesting. We saw elk on the way up and you can’t beat the fall colors.

Nancy Gentzel
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Hiking

Took me a long time to climb up (I'm old) but well worth the views down into Gardner, Mammoth Hot Springs, Everts, and the BMA areas where it was nice to see the areas the animals have all to themselves! Saw maybe 5 birds whole time but a close up encounter with a female grouse was fun. Maybe two chipmunks but that was it for animals. wildflowers gone except some Yarrow and a couple of Dandelions. Be prepared to hike on a lot of scree.

Andrew Sullivan
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Hiking

A great hike with amazing views for most of the hike to the top .... you should ensure you cover the three peaks at the top.

David Lawlor
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Hiking

Wonderful day sunny and windy terrific views all the way up.. View from the top is well worth it. Two senior citizens took us a little longer than some about 90 minutes. But it’s 90 great great minutes. Perfect time of year no bugs no flies

James Arvanitakis
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fantastic hike up this lookout with amazing 360 degree views of the valleys below

Darcy Cleary
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Hiking

Steady grade, nice scenic trail. Cancerous cell tower at the end but some awesome reception up there.

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Kelli Ferrier
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The way up is tough, down is much much easier. You should stop every so often on the way up to take photos, the views are amazing. Horseflies, gnats, bees, and flying ants about Midway up that were a little annoying. Minimal shade when you reach a little more than halfway, bring sunscreen and water. Breathtaking views from the top, make sure to sign the hikers log!

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Pamela Drews
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Hiking

Stunning views! Well worth the hike!

Robin Gross
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HikingScramble

Really nice hike, beautiful views! Rocky and steep at the end, but the hike down is a breeze. Lots of switchbacks going up but nothing too steep. Great hike!

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Erica S.
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Hiking

Great trail. Not too difficult, we were out and back in 2 hours.

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