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

hiking
23 days ago

Start from Bunsen Peak area then work your way down. Catch a ride back up if your legs are hurting.

hiking
23 days ago

Easy hike just a couple of switch backs. Definitely check it out.

Great hike just always crowded.

Great hike! Super long and tiring but amazing. Great views and so much fun.

hiking
24 days ago

Beautiful views!!! We felt like we were on top of the world as we ate our lunch. There was snow, ice and mud on the trail making it tricky to get to the top. I suggest to go a little earlier in the season Did it with a 5,9,11,13, and 15 year old and 2 out of shape parents. The whole trip up and down took 5 hours.

Did this trail 2 weeks ago. Didnt see any wildlife. The ponds were beautiful. Only saw 2 groups of people at the beginning and end of the trail.

on Bunsen Peak

1 month ago

Very nice and easy hike. Amazing views. One is the few still open in October.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked this trail today at a slow pace with my adult son. Out and back took about 6 hours, but it could easily be done in 4 by fit hikers. The elevation gain is minimal. Roughly 6 miles to the lake. We walked through beautiful alpine meadows around Glen Creek on the Fawn Pass Trail until reaching the connector with the Electric Peak trail behind Sepulcher Mountain. The EP and Sportsman Lake trails led ahead, while the Snowpass trail entered from the right at the trail junction. We took the EP/Sportsman trail to the Cache Lake spur following along Glen Creek, and passing across a shoulder of Sepulcher Mtn to a dense forest . There were 4-5 inches of snow on the ground in the upper third of the trail. We saw no one and the only footprints were the local animal residents, including bear and moose. We had the walk through the dense snow covered forest to ourselves. At roughly 5.2 miles we reached the Cache Lake spur trail which climbs a bit more steeply across a forested ridge to the lake at the foot of Electric Peak. The peak was mostly obscured by clouds. Overall, this was a beautiful hike and not too strenuous, but be prepared. Animal signs, including wolves and bear, were everywhere.

hiking
1 month ago

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!

We saw no wildlife, other than a grouse, but it was nice with lots of ups and downs, after the initial relatively steep climb. Mostly shaded forest, other than the last mile out on the open hillside, with the view of Gardiner, WY. The reflection of the trees and hills in the largest pond was beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This a a great hike with gorgeous views most of the way up. It took us about 1:15-30min to get to the top and that includes a few breaks for water and pictures (and about 45min to hike down). All 4 of us are decently experienced hikers and it was a bit strenuous at times, but not hard. Once at the top, there were some people up there and we decided to keep walking straight for about 5-10 more minutes to an area that had 4 stones to sit on and eat our lunch with 360 degrees of stunning views!

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easily accessible hike if you are staying in Mammoth Hot Springs. It is nearly a Loop, clockwise starting at the Hot Springs, ending behind the hotel, or vice versa. We went in a clockwise direction, skirting the lounging elk. There is a mix of terrain; mostly forested trail. The trail is well marked with orange metal tabs on trees. Some of the tabs will be marked with mileage markers. When going clockwise, there are 2 sign posts pointing you in the correct direction near the beginning of the hike. You will see numerous ponds, and a chance of wildlife includes, but is not limited to, deer, elk, badger, snakes. There is a plateau with a view of nearby Gardiner. The trail is easy enough for a family, as multiple ages were hiking the day we did this trail.

Be careful on the road section. Some drivers aren’t considerate of walkers

2 months ago

Did this as a loop, going up the Bunsen Peak trail, east off the summit and down to the Osprey Falls trail. The Bunsen Peak trail is excellent. Well maintained with excellent views all the way up. View from the top is outstanding. It looses a star for the crowds, even after Labor Day, and the cell service at the top. This led to cell phones ringing and people texting or on their social media.
You leave everyone behind when you go east off the summit. The down side to that is that the trail isn’t in as good shape. There was a short stretch near the top crossing scree that required some path finding. After that the trail stays near the top of the ridge through mostly burned forest for a mile or so before going down steep switchbacks to a road. The views on the second part of the hike are not as good as on the way up but it’s nice to get away from crowds this close to one of Yellowstone’s major attractions.
Finally, even with my sea level lungs and arthritic knees I’d rate this hike moderate, not hard. There are many hikes rated moderate in AllTrails much harder than this one. Don’t be put off by the hard rating.

Sadly, although this hike was on my list of trails for this trip, I was unable to enjoy it due to a large herd of elk relaxing at the trailheads. Yes at each end. The ranger did say that I could try to edge my way through but to have my bear spray at the ready in case they charged. Seemed like a better idea to just enjoy the boardwalks, anf let sleeping elk lie.

Trail itself is really enjoyable but it’s badly marked out so initially we turned left towards the river instead of right as there were no markers. This resulted in us hiking over a ridge which was really strenuous. It add an unnecessary but challenging 45 minutes to the hike.

I would recommend starting this at the back of mammoth hotel and not close to mammoth hot springs as you would then start in the sun and end in the shade and it’s better marked out.

2 months ago

Don't be intimidated by the hard rating it is tough but very manageable and the views at the top are breathtaking.

2 months ago

A great hike. Well maintained and mostly clear trail. Easy to walk and maintain a good pace. Beautiful views all the way up. Hiked with my husband and 5 year old daughter.

We hiked this trail yesterday and really enjoyed it. The first 3/4 of a mile is pretty steep but after that is quite easy. Lots of changing scenery from forest to open meadows to fields of sagebrush. Great picnic spot around 3 miles at the largest pond. We didn’t see much wildlife, a few ducks on the ponds and squirrels but enjoyed it nonetheless. Not too many other hikers which was also nice since most of the park was packed.

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

This was a nice hike. We're 60 years old and out of shape. It took us 3 1/2 hours. I would rate it as moderate.
There were some nice views which would have been even better except for the smoky haze. We didn't see much wildlife, but I'm sure the ponds draw them in at dawn and dusk.

hiking
2 months ago

being a scientist, of course i had to honor bunsen (burner, lol) peak! i found this hike refreshing after getting bogged down by the crowds on the boardwalk sights. although, it didn't feel like ~2 miles on the ascent. great views at the top.

interesting views exclusive to northern yellowstone. a little too tourist-y and crowded for my taste.

hiking
2 months ago

Started off flat and muddy from recent rain, as it heads up you follow valleys and after short steeper climb it stays gradual at least for the 4 or so miles we went until having to return

This is a great hike. It’s not super strenuous and is full of beautiful scenery and lots of wildlife ( we saw deer, elk, and lots of chipmunks). It takes you right out of the crowds at the north entrance.

beautiful. I wouldn't necessarily call it "easy", but nice nonetheless.

Mammoth Hot Springs are definitely interesting and worth a look; the low rating is largely driven by the absurdity of including the upper terrace as a "trail" when it is nothing but a road just wide enough for cars. Do NOT hike the upper terrace; if you wish to see those features, do that loop by car as the Parks Service clearly intends. The lower terrace has a series of pedestrian boardwalks and stairs that facilitate an interesting walkabout to view the beautiful travertine formations around the hot springs. There are a couple of placards describing the basic process by which these types of features formed, but there is almost no information provided as to what explains their various names and histories. Bottom line: this is an easy stop that is a worthwhile roadside attraction but is not a "trail" or a "hike" per se, and All Trails should know better than to mark a narrow car-only road (upper terrace) as a "trail."

hiking
3 months ago

after a summer of hiking and exploring yellowstone and the grand tetons electric peak was my favorite most physically exerting journey of mine. Very sketchy adrenaline inducing scramble during the last mile or so lots of loose rock be aware of triggering a small avalanche behind you if your hiking in a group.

A interesting place. Different from other places in Yellowstone. One of my favorite.

Pretty stunning to see up close. Great views. Then onto Fort Yellowstone which was also interesting. Lots of people but it is what it is. Ran into a lot of road construction which was frustrating.

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