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Osprey Falls Trail

MODERATE 79 reviews
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Osprey Falls Trail is a 7.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 7.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,811 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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

hiking
6 days ago

Lots of wildlife traverse the area between the trailhead and the canyon—including bears. I saw both fresh and day-old bear tracks. Trail was almost empty; most people seem to take the route from the Bunsen trailhead.

hiking
23 days ago

Great

hiking
1 month ago

Fantastic hike! Descent down to the waterfall is steep/rough on the knees and a burner on the way back. Amazing waterfall and river to have lunch by!

mountain biking
1 month ago

Enjoyed my first mounting biking experience in Yellowstone on this trail. Hiked down to Osprey Falls and the falls quickly became a favorite. Prepare for a steep climb out

hiking
1 month ago

went to top of Bunsen, then to the falls. Saw a grizzly on the way back. Great hike!!!

hiking
1 month ago

Started at the Bunsen Peak Trailhead. The trail starts along a flat jeep trail for a few miles and then turns right to the Osprey Falls trail. Take your trekking poles because of a few areas of loose gravel, all downhill via switchbacks to the base of Sheepeater Canyon to the Falls. Beautiful place to rest and eat lunch/snack. Take plenty of water....maybe a little challenging to get close enough to the water to filter. The trail is out and back and can be pretty strenuous hiking back out. It is worth it, however. We hiked it around 11 am - 3 pm in mid-August and only saw a handful of other hikers.

hiking
2 months ago

great hike. we only saw one other person the entire time. we went on a Saturday and started around 715 am. the parking is kinda funny but there is a sign that says "trailhead parking" (if no one is blocking it). you start at a residential area in the park. the first 2.1 miles are an old road. nice and wide. be loud for bears. then you get to the turnoff for the falls and it starts easy and then goes down switchbacks (which you have to climb back up). hike is not hard or technical. falls are beautiful. we enjoyed the solitude, which is so rare in national parks on weekends!

hiking
2 months ago

Did this trail in June of 2017. it was 50 degrees and misty. Great hike, didn't see anyone until we were halfway out. Nice and easy going in, but the last 1.4 miles down the canyon to the falls can be tricky and a real slog coming back out. But the views and being at the bottom of the falls is worth it.

2 months ago

Absolutely beautiful falls, I would highly recomend a walking stick the way down is a narrow slippery trail but the end of the hike is definitely worth it.

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
2 months ago

Amazing hike. We biked in 3 miles to the Osprey Falls trail head which was a great idea. The falls were absolutely beautiful. The biking also helped keep the bugs tolerable. Great hike and ride!

hiking
3 months ago

Finally a trail that you can hike or bike!

hiking
3 months ago

The written directions to the trailhead lead to a different trail than is shown on the map (with the same destination, but the beginning of the trailhead are actually miles apart). The trailhead pictured on the map begins in a Yellowstone employee only section of the park for their housing and work vehicles. Because of this it is completely remote. We walked in one mile on this trail (trail from the map) and did not feel comfortable because it was so remote. I don’t think anyone has hiked this trail in days. We saw bear tracks and scat and it felt to remote so we actually turned around. The other trailhead where the written directions take you is a heavily used trail that is actually about 2 miles longer and comes in to the falls from a completely different direction. It would be good to get this fixed on the app and with the map situation to distinguish between the 2 trails.

hiking
3 months ago

This trail was gorgeous! We saw everything from butterflies to a deer crossing our path! The first three miles or so are very easy and relatively flat, but the last half mile is extremely steep and narrow as you head down into the canyon toward the falls. Be prepared for the mist from the waterfall go soak you when you see it! Challenging on the way back up but totally worth it!

4 months ago

great hike be ready to get wet though we got soaked by the spray from the falls

hiking
bugs
snow
5 months ago

Hiked this a couple days ago and there was still some snow on the trail but nothing serious. Most of the trail looks like a road, but the scenery was amazing, so no complaints here! Falls are beautiful! Would love to do this again in the summer and wade around a bit! Did find lots of ticks on us though.

hiking
bugs
off trail
5 months ago

Just went today with my wife. Took us 3 hours total. This hike was worth the work. The hike up isn’t too strenuous. You have a steady incline. The decent down to the falls is easy. The view at the end of the hike is worth the hike back up the trail. That is the true butt kicker. 1.4 miles of work up the hill you just descended. Well worth it. One of our favorite hikes in Yellowstone. Check for ticks after this trail my wife and I had more than 10 ticks on us after this hike!

hiking
7 months ago

Love this hike! We did this in early September and had the Falls and Trail all to ourselves. It beautiful! We highly recommend you do this hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 09, 2018

My body is in pain, but a good kind of pain. Well worth it for the awesome view of the waterfall! Just know that it is more than 7.4 miles, my Fitbit had it at just under 24,000 steps!

Friday, August 31, 2018

Awesome hike. Herd of Elk early into hike. Wide canopy fire road. Unbelievable reward at the end. Beautiful

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

hiking
Wednesday, July 04, 2018

TH is located in the middle of a science/lab space within Yellowstone. service road makes for a nice meandering 2 miles in and a great 2 miles out. The hike down (and subsequently back up) to the falls is strenuous... but well worth it. one of the most amazing waterfalls I've ever seen!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

This hike was the highlight of our Yellowstone trip primarily because we ended up walking 10 miles round trip and did not see a soul (except about 10 deer). Be careful on the last 1.5 miles as the trail isn’t maintained like the heavily trafficked trails and if you twist your ankle you’ll be down there a long time lol!

hiking
Sunday, September 03, 2017

Very easy hike to start of 1.4 miles to the spectacular falls. The 1.4 miles is steep and deep Elk herd seen about 3/4 miles from TH.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Very steep and treacherous at the end but breathtaking falls. Well worth it.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

A hidden gem in Yellowstone! This was a trail recommended by a friend and it was spectacular! The first 2.5 or 3 miles follow a flat, abandoned road through trees and meadows. We saw elk and a coyote, among many other critters. The last 1.5 miles consists of a steep grade, a little flat walk and then a very steep climb down the canyon to see the best waterfall I have ever seen. A must see!

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Excellent. No people once you pass Brunson peak. A bit tricky on the way down to the falls so watch your footing. Highly recommend.

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