Explore the most popular forest trails near Gardiner with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

best time was at 7:30am. no crowds

We thought this was a great hike in May and we saw the Steamboat Geyser eruption on the way up.

nature trips
1 month ago

Crowded but opens at 5 am bet it would be perfect then.

walking
1 month ago

Crowded, touristy and lots of bathers in the water at the end. Eh.

A walk not a hike! Expect to not go at your pace as your walking with many others. However; it leads you to the end destination of a “soak”.

Fairly strenuous hike with mediocre views and a boring thermal area at the top.

This isn't really a hiking trail, you drive right up to the basalt columns. I am a geologist so I rate it high because you can get right up to the columns.

Short & very easy (flat). Worth the time to see. Good hangout for marmots too.

The trail looks amazing but it is shut down right now due to high water :( disappointment!!

If you consider this a hike with the view as the payoff it is worth the effort, if you are going for the thermal activity there are better attractions that are much easier to get to.

Hiked up this trail with my family. Trail runs beside the river for the first half mile before heading up. The “heading up” got my heart rate going. There isn’t a lot of a thermal activity at the top, but the views were well worth the effort.

It's a rugged little trail, not on the park maps, created by fishermen and adventurous hikers. Beautiful roaring falls, one of my favorite. Please stay away...

hiking
4 months ago

Easy little walk to the Boiling River. Such a fun time. Read my blog post (https://www.brisul.com/blog/2018/1/15/boiling-river-yellowstone-national-park) and watch my vlog (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7E-06iSXOUc&t=5s)

PS you have to pay to get into Yellowstone Park to get to this area.

Still covered with hard packed snow but can be easily navigated. Geysers are underwhelming but the views of the canyon are worth it when you get to the top.

beautiful views but still completely covered in snow. there's already tracks so it won't be too difficult. it was kinda fun running down in all the snow.

Incredible trail... backpacked it May 2017...plenty of wildlife, spectacular views, and challenging climbs... highly recommend this Trail.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

If you're looking for a challenging trail with some interesting views but no real reward at the end, this is the trail for you. I wouldn't say that I was disappointed with the trail as a whole, but it definitely did not live up to my expectations.

hiking
Sunday, August 13, 2017

This is a hike you should probably only do if you backpack and camp along the Mount Holmes trail. The trail that splits of Mount Holmes trail and goes towards Trilobite Lake is almost nonexistant after the first 0.2 miles. It turns into an open meadow and your only way of guiding yourself to the lake is by following orange trail markers found on trees. These markers are spaced apart fairly far from each other and I actually got lost on this trail once when returning. Luckily, it is fairly easy to find your way back to the "trail" so long as you have a sense of direction on where to go. The elevation gain is also fairly brutal after you cross the meadows. The lake itself is very beautiful with since it half of it is surrounded by Mt. Holmes and you will have the entire trail to yourself. I also found the meadows, forest and mountain views to be rather beautiful as well. I enjoyed this trail because of its difficulty and ruggedness, but you will not like it if you are against steep elevation gain and there being no actual trail to walk on.

hiking
Sunday, June 18, 2017

I've did most of the trail and decided to return with a deer path just below the ridge for pretty good mountain views.

The canyon itself is not that spectacular (e.g. Black Canyon of the Gunnison, CO is much better),
but this trail features a wildlife (bison, elk, coyote, .. ) and especially carcasses (tons of antlers, a half-eaten bison).

Overall, the trail felt stretched - not that many nice places compared to its length.
The upside it's in the lower part of the canyon, so in early June, when south is covered with snow, East is occupied by bears with cubs, this is the safest option for backpacking. For day hike, I would recommend Mt. Washburn.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ok because there are few people but not so beautiful, if you have few days in Yellowstone don't spend they here.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

This was a great hike after being in the car all week. It's a leg and lung burner for me, but my 12 and 14 yr old boys had not trouble at all. The geysers at the top were cool because there are no boardwalks you need to adhere too. But, you need to be super careful and stay on the trail. The area is fragile and dangerous.

hiking
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Still covered in knee-deep snow, so with the steep grade, it was an extremely difficult hike for its length. There are a couple of nice views along the way, but the geyser basin once you get up there is lame.

walking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Very nice location. Cool view of the river.

walking
Saturday, March 18, 2017

After Norris Geyser Basin, we went up the road toward Mammoth, getting out to see a big elk in the meadow, a bison dusting itself next to the road, a coyote crossing the road, and then past Obsidian Cliff and Sheepeater Cliff, where we ate peanut butter sandwiches and had a brief lunch in the van. Sheepeater is a rock formation just like the Devil's Postpile monument in California, formed as basalt lava erupts from volcanic vents and cools, then shrinks and cracks. Sometimes vertical columns form. Well developed columns result from homogeneous lava cooling at a uniform rate - hence, Sheepeater Cliffs. Past Sheepeater the park opens up into a wide plain where we viewed a herd of about eight elk, we saw Bunsen Peak on the right (nice 4 mile RT hike next time), Electric Mountain on the left, and entered the Golden Gate pass from one terrain into the next, from wide plains into a canyon, with a road right along the cliff walls suspended over the canyon. Yellowstone is amazing, with geothermal features, wildlife and lots of exploring to do. And don't forget it's been 60,000 years since it last erupted... enjoy!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Soothing to the body and soul.
Nothing quite like submitting to the colossal powers of the world's largest super volcano by relaxing in the boiling waters just above it's monumental caldera.
I believe that the parking lot closes at 7pm or sundown and it is strictly enforced so be sure to get there in ample time to enjoy the magic waters of the Boiling River.

fishing
Wednesday, August 17, 2016

I did this trail a few years back, You can drive and park near a section of the cliff and climb around it if you want. My main purpose was to fish the Gardiner River, which is a decent trout stream. After descending or by passing the cliff formation, follow the dirt trail along the river. You will reach a cut-off near the rapids where you will stop or wade on to the other side. Not much shade here, so if you're out exploring, hat and water are needed..

hiking
Sunday, July 17, 2016

Nice easy hike and the river is so awesome! Perfect for a soak after a day of hiking!

hiking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

The hike itself is easy and short. I've been several times and seen bison, big horn sheep, deer, and elk along the way. It's prettiest in the winter, but braving the cold hike back to the car after swimming in the hot water is tough!

nature trips
Sunday, September 13, 2015

Super fun experience at Yellowstone! Be careful of the scalding hot water (I wouldn't bring small children here unless you are one of the lucky people to get a "sweet spot"). Saw snakes on the way to the water (not poisonous, and did not see any in the water, but who knows). Don't dip your face in the water because there are supposedly some weird bacteria that live there!

nature trips
Friday, August 14, 2015

If a person has the opportunity, a soak in the Boiling River is truly a good once-in-a-lifetime experience. From the parking area inside Yellowstone National Park, and just slightly south of the 45th Parallel, you take a short hike of one-half mile to the Boiling River. You do have to be very careful. The natural hot water can scald you easily. But when you are in the sweet spots where the hot water is blended with the Gardner River - it's a good thing.

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