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

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Real cool spot to check out some hot springs

Do the full trail!!!! We saw so many people turn around at the falls but we kept going to the top of the mountain and it was SOOO worth it. Probably my favorite hike we did in Yellowstone! The view of all the geysers steaming in September was like something I’ll probably never see again. Amazinggggg!!!!

Interesting trail. Got to see old faithful blow twice! So many interesting hot springs and geysers here.

walking
13 days ago

Beautiful lookout point to the Yellowstone canyon!

This was an easy hike to begin a three day back country adventure for us. By accident, we timed it perfectly to arrive right before the geyser erupted, and it was beautiful. We didn’t bother with old faithful and from everything we heard, this was better anyway. I was certainly wowed by this experience! Our back country hike ended through this trail as well, so it was a great “almost home” marker for me, too

Hiked to the prismatic overlook, and then finished on this trail. Totaled about 10 miles. The imperial geyser was the highlight of the trip. Hike was pretty boring compared to other hikes, but was very easy. Worth seeing the geyser over the falls or prismatic.

This trail was worth it! I recorded one mile of total hiking, and that took about forty five minutes. This trail is very steep and is switchbacks the whole way, so I highly recommend wearing sturdy athletic or hiking shoes. The trail is pretty broad; it can handle two way traffic. And the falls are so gorgeous. The sound of the water rushing off of the falls is so soothing. You can take breathtaking pictures. You can also see the Upper Falls, although not as well. Definitely an awesome adventure!

Car pullout with small walking path overlooking the falls. Not really a trail, but a beautiful view!

Very neat thermal features on an easy boardwalk loop.

Easy easy a fun quick hike

Great 5-6 day hike! definately cross creeks and a marsh so water shoes. I kept my keens on for miles rather than keep switching. the camp sites are great. You can also take Trail Creek to the Thorofare and to Mountain Creek if late July and you can wade across the upper-ford of the Yellowstone River or a sweet camp site before crossing. Met a healthy grizzly just before Thorofare on the trail. He exited and went around 40 yards out. Can also catch a trail down to the South Boundary Trail. I did it in early October and snow one night.

So many switch backs but a great little walk to see the waterfall.

Hiked this trail to the overlook. Wow! it's a gorgeous view. I'd call it a moderate hike. We are seniors in our 60's, and felt like it gave us a little challenge. We packed our lunch and sat at the overlook eating on a beautiful fall afternoon. The only disappointment we had was the lack of wildlife. Even from the overlook, we could see no wildlife. But, that's the way it's been the entire trip. Where are all the animals? Wolves taking care of them?

This is an awesome little trail to get a sample of a lot of the wonders of Yellowstone. There are some sections with stairs, which, during our October visit, were caked in ice and really tricky to manage for children. Worth it though!

A short boardwalk, not really a hike, but fantastic anyway! A must-see.

One of my all time favorite hikes! Make sure to plan accordingly for river crossings, you’ll want to be able to take of long layers/have shorts for wading. Water shoes are a must! Scout hole provides a perfect resting place before venturing back out.

1 month ago

Great short hike with many steps and a fantastic photo opt

birding
2 months ago

Beautiful falls. Got to see a bald eagle come up the river and fly over the falls.

Fun loop trail to see old faithful and connect to see other Geysers.

Trail closed :(

Gorgeous waterfall. Very short walk. Very very very crowded.

hiking
2 months ago

Have done this like multiple times including hiking through from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. to the pelican Valley Trail head, out and back from the trail head on the E. Entrance Rd. and like today out and back from Pelican Valley Trail head. This is the best shape the trail has been in many years except for some rough spots likely as result of bison using the trail when it is muddy. Normally you cannot do this hike without seeing a lot of bison at least. Today we saw elk including two large bowl elk with large racks and also a black wolf across turbid lake.

Amazing, as is all of Yellowstone.

lots of steps

Cold morning created a beautiful steam-filled, icy wonderland. Very easy walk but worth staying a few minutes at each thermal feature to listen and observe. Have to say Vixen was my favorite - nice small geyser, spurting away and then just stopped, starting up again in a minute or so. Amazing.

2 months ago

Trail Closed. 9/30

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I hiked this Trail on September 15th, 2018 on our way in the north east entrance of Yellowstone National Park. It was beautiful, picturesque hike that was nice to loosen up our hiking legs up for more difficult hikes. There was a nice variety to the surroundings. Some thicker forest area while hiking up a hill then it opened up to a beautiful lake with valleys surrounding it. There were ducks in the lake and a few fishermen fishing.  It was a very peaceful hike.

Hiked trail mid sept’18. Easily accessible from west thumb parking area and across main park road. Offers nice view of Yellowstone lake from high point. Proceeded with caution due to bear warning signs and scat and was relieved to be joined by another hiking couple for what was a pleasant 90 min 2 mile hike through meadow and light forest with mild hills. Lots of room up top for a snack and pictures.

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