Nice trail to get great views and see plenty of wildlife. Signs said trail only accessible with snowshoes or skis, but they were well traveled and hardpacked for easy walking. Mid February

Easy hike along board walks but spectacular

Went in mid-December...Great trail... some areas require snowshoes or skis... wear lots of layers and waterproof pants as well as waterproof boots...dress like you are going skiing... bring a hot drink in flask that will stay hot at least 9 hours...have fun, enjoy snow, and don’t break a leg or ankle...

lots to see. the hot springs are very impressive.

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.

If the small parking area is full, there is another lot across the street. This was on our YSNP bucket list and it didn’t disappoint. Easy hard packed trail that leads to the convergence of mammoth hot spring and Gardner river. Enjoy your soak

Nice easy hike to the boiling river access point, but we kept going on a path along the river. There was a nice breeze and it was warmer than expected.

7 months ago

we hiked it in early Oct so the traffic was light

no shade
7 months ago

This is the most beautiful hot spring I've been to in the US. Will now do this every time I come to Yellowstone!

Amazing geothermal feature.

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

IMPORTANT ! Boiling river ferme à 18h00, nous sommes arrivés à 18h30 et l'accès y est interdit. Ce n'était écrit nulle part. Planifiez y arriver tôt

8 months ago


We did just part of this trail system. There was a bull elk hanging out by the Minerva terrace with 2 cows. Pretty cool to be that close to a huge elk. He was right next to the boardwalk the whole time. There were lots of elk around Mammoth the day we were there. Interesting area.

I loved the different views and areas. Very unique!

A very popular spot so go early or late to avoid the big crowds. We parked at the parking lot at the entrance to the scenic drive (upper terraces) and started the boardwalk trail right there. There is an outhouse there and you'll avoid all the crowds down at the visitors center and shopping area. As others have said, walk the boardwalk (lower terraces) and drive the scenic drive (upper terraces). It is very interesting to see how the area evolves with sections that are active and still growing and sections that are no longer active and deteriorating.

Fun experience of the icy cold river water and the super hot spring water mixing. There are rocks outlining the best places to sit and relax. We went on 8/28/19 and it was hot outside. Be prepared for hot and dry conditions and be sure to take a water bottle or at least have some back in your car for when you are done. We were rewarded with a curious female elk who came within 25 yards of us while we were soaking. Such a cool experience!

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!

Amazing! loved it we went at 8am and I'm glad we did it gets REALLY busy later in the day. we had less then 10 people when we went.

huge, kinda redundant very busy but you should see it

The trail itself is very easy, but includes a nice river view. The best part is swimming/wading in the river! It is truly a unique experience. The current is difficult to walk through but well worth it!

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