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This hike is lonnnnng but well worth it. Our group decided to do it all in one day and besides the last couple of miles it wasn't too bad. The hike is mostly flat except maybe the last mile or so. I had never hiked more than 8 miles before and I survived :). Bring some exceptional bug spray though, we were eaten alive. The scenery is beautiful and the view of the falls is stunning.

Hidden gym! One of my favorites in Yellowstone! Easy trail and
Beautiful!

Trail is closed for the season

One of the few real and best hikes in Yellowstone that give you amazing views at the top!

Beautiful hike! Longer than what it says here. Can't get far without a Bug spray though, the mosquitoes will suck you dry!

This is a challenging trail due to the descent to the Yellowstone River 1500 feet! You have to go up it too! The surface on those switchbacks is loose and adds to the fun. The plateau and views of the Yellowstone are very cool as is the remote nature of this trail. We saw bison, pronghorn, plenty of bear sign, and otters!

Great short, all around hike that includes so much of Yellowstone scenery. Only down side was construction on the trail so had to change course a bit and hike on road to pick up the trail again. Otherwise super hike for all abilities.

Great all around hike but definitely plan for a longer hike. Lots of wild life and bring bear spray. Beautiful views of the Yellowstone River.

Closures really put a damper on our hike but we were still able to see all 3 falls from afar! Gorgeous views the whole hike.

Almost gave the trail 4 stars due to all the closures that interrupted our hike because there were no signs warning us of them til we got to the closure— but the views were so breathtaking it’s still worth 5 stars to me. This trail was the highlight of my entire Yellowstone trip, 10/10 would do again.

started before 9 so had trail to ourselves most of the time (so nice given how busy it can get at midway!).. easy walk to falls and 2 geysers.. go up the hill for great view of imperial geyser..

we did the loop and walked through meadow back to the fountain trail - saw 3 bison and just kept following the orange square guides - felt very isolated in wide open meadows and geysers so was great although started getting pretty hot.. walk back on fountain flats path to midway parking lot was uneventful.. stopped for lunch at firehole river...

4 days ago

We hiked Bunsen Peak Pass then descended down the back of the mountain, took the Osprey Falls trail down to the falls and then there ok the Osprey Trail back to the trailhead. Saw mule deer, marmots, and had a brief mouse encounter. It was 10.5 miles total. Very fun and made for a fantastic leg and cardio day. Osprey Falls trail alone would be pretty challenging the last 1.4 miles. Don’t pull up short though. The falls are well worth the effort. Would definitely do it again.

Kent

Way more than the posted 5 miles
Not a great trail

I merged this trail with point sublime, and view into Hayden Valley and doubled back instead of doing the loop to get full experience - nice walk and suprisingly quiet given the number of people at artist point.

Great views from top and enjoyed going down via the back way to add distance and away from people.. saw marmot, elk...

hiking
6 days ago

Started this hike at 8am this morning. Made it to the observation tower by 9:30am. The trail was almost entirely in the shade during this time of day—a bit chilly, but not uncomfortable. Only three small snow patches remained that touched the trail—enough for some fun pictures, but not enough to impede the trail. Steady climb and a wide trail—enough for a small car to drive on. The wildflowers were abundant, particularly toward the bottom of the trail.

We saw marmots, a dusky grouse, and some goats off in the distance. Views are breathtaking throughout. We spent about an hour at the top enjoying the views. It only took us an hour to walk back down. Parking was easy at 8am, and only saw about 3-4other families on the way up. The trail was busier when we descended. Many families and folks of all ages making the trek. Parking was full by the time we left (around 11:30am).

A few asides: trail could definitely be rated “moderate” when there is no snow impeding (as is now). Also, there is a bathroom at the top in the observation tower.

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

Great hike! There's a steady incline all the way up. The trail itself is an old gravel road, so it's very easy to follow. Awesome views from the fire lookout at the summit! There's a "visitor center" there with pit toilets and labelled sketched maps so you can distinguish different landmarks you can see from the lookout. We saw goats, marmots, and chipmunks. The wind was pretty intense at the top! Took us about 2.5hrs roundtrip at a relaxed pace and about 15min spent at the summit.

Pretty tough incline all the way up. But a spectacular view from the top. Bring some bug spray as we were swarmed all the way up and down the trail.

Great hike! Strenuous at the start but take your time because it's worth it! You hit a clearing (picturesque stream here!) about 45 minutes in where you can catch your breath. Then more elevation hiking and it gets rockier as you ascend so watch your step. In July 2018 there were some snow patches on the way to, and on, the mountain. It wasn't too cold at the top but WINDY so definitely bring a second layer for your torso and a hat. There was a cute little fat chipmunk at the peak :) Seek refuge from the wind in the rock bunkers! Enjoy.

Lots of downed trees to climb over making the trail rough to do! Lots of bear scat. Saw 3 deer and some marmots, but no other animals.

Only did a partial hike (about 12 miles to the west side of Shoshone Lake). It was absolutely beautiful and I would definitely do it again. The only downsides would be a few water crossings and the mosquitoes were voracious.

We did this hike Saturday, July 7th. We started the hike late....around noon time. We did not experience the bugs that have been mentioned. Neither me nor my husband had to wear bug spray which was awesome!!!

It took us two hours to get to the top. All trails says 2.0 miles but I mapped it while hiking and it mapped it at 2.67 miles. We did stop for a 15 minute snack break :). Only took us an hour to get down.

Totally worth the hike!! Amazing views at the top. It is super windy at the top but plenty of places to sit and relax before you head back down. ENJOY your hike!!!

We walked from the back of canyon village, south on the trail east of sunbeam and walked along the rim and down to red rock point. It was a great walk and the right amount for our 9 and 7 year old. We saw a sleeping bison in canyon village car park on the way and then a bull elk in the lodge car park in the way back. The views of the waterfall and the canyon were fabulous.

Hiked this trail2 years ago. Wonderful views from the top. Be sure to bring a jacket however, as it can be cold with the wind.

The Upper Falls were closed so I was only able to hike the Lower. It’s steep in places and I travel with my preschooler so with the crowd of people and the edge of the trail dropping off abruptly in spots it was a bit nerve racking. The end result is absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. My sons enjoyed seeing the rainbow over the fall.

hiking
10 days ago

Started hike at 8:30am this morning and experienced a warzone of mosquitoes and flies during the first mile. Wearing 40% DEET had minimal effect. Coming back down the bugs were mostly gone so I suggest a later start during this time of year. Took 1.5 hrs to summit and another 1.25 hrs back down. Trail was clearly marked and where it wasn't there were rock cairns. Some snow remaining closer to the top but easy to figure out which way to go. Didn't see many other hikers other than two groups on my way back down. Toughest part it the first mile and gets a bit easier. Summit views with friendly pikas are well worth the effort.

Loved the hike and the views from the summit are amazing.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice little hike with a little sample of everything! Hike through a meadow by a pond with tons of birds, then a wooded section along the shore of the Yellowstone Lake. Keep your eyes peeled for bears! The bridge was out (7/4/18) when we went so we had to turn around instead of completing the entire loop.

hiking
10 days ago

This hike is mainly along a paved road and that was a big disappointment to me as I love traditional trails. I would rate it higher if that wasn’t the case. Once you get to the bridge, it becomes a dirt trail. The climb up to the bridge will get your heart rate pumping for a few minutes, but it’s worth it for the view from the top!

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