Upper Geyser Basin Trail

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.4 km
Duration
3:00h
Ascent
171 m
Descent
171 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available Family friendly Cultural/historical value Geological highlights Suitable for strollers Disability access
Great hike along the worlds most active geysers at Upper Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin.
The Upper Geyser BasinTrail leads from the Visitor Information Centre and the Old Faithful on wooden boardwalks along the world's largest collection of geysers in the Upper Geyser Basin and the Biscuit Basin of Yellowstone National Park. On this 10 km hike we experience spectacular geyser eruptions, intense sulfur scents and admire colorful water as well as boiling hot water and sparkling pools. Many information boards about the individual geysers and pools help us understand the phenomena.
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moderate
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Highest point
2252 m
Lowest point
2216 m
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Safety information

In hydrothermal areas the soil is thin and prone to breakage. Beneith the surface, there is boiling hot water. In the past visitors have already collapsed and died. Take children by the hand.

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Start

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center (2248 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
44.458279, -110.826728
UTM
12T 513784 4922789

Destination

Old Faithful Visitor Education Center

Turn-by-turn directions

Our hike starts at Old Faithful, the most regularly erupting of all the geysers in the park. It erupts every 30 to 120 minutes and shots between 14000-32000 liters of boiling water into the air. We then pass the geyser and take the path on the opposite side to cross Firehole River. It continues in a westerly direction until we turn left at the Anemone Geyser. We now follow the boardwalk, that takes us - past the Beehive Geyser and the Heart spring - to the next crossing. Here turn left, cross again the Firehole River and are just in front of the Crested pool with its almost always bubbly hot boiling water and then the Grand Geyser, the largest regularly erupting geyser in the world. Now we turn around and go back to the turnoff, take a left  to see the other highlights of the basin. The Grand Geyser, Beauty Pool, Chromatic Pool and Giant Geyser and the Grotto Geyser are the next destinations that we can enjoy from a close distance until we reach the wheelchair accessible path, which takes us to the colorful Morning Glory Pool. We then pass Artemisia Geyser and the Gem Pool before we circel around Mirror Pool and cross the highway to get to Biscuit Basin.

We turn left at the car park and head straight to the steaming hot Black Opal Spring. We then take a right at Jewel Geyser and pass by Mustard- and Avoca Spring. We then follow the trail across Little Firehole River back towards Old Faithful. On our way back we say hello to Daisy Geyser, before we reach the wide and wheelchair-accessible path, that we take to return to Old Faithful.

 

Getting there

Entering Yellowstone Park from the north, take the North Entrance Road (89) via Mammoth Hot Springs and continue south to the exit Old Faithful on the Grand Loop Road (89). Then turn left and park at the car park by the visitor center. Entering Yellowstone Park from the south, drive to Grant Village, then stay on the Grand Loop Road until you reach the exit Old Faithful. Turn right here and park at the large car park by the visitor center.

Parking

Car park at the Old Faithful Visitor- and Educational Center
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Wear a hat on sunny days and take enough liquids with you.
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Author
Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: January 06, 2016

Travel Guide: Hikes in Wyoming


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