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West Thumb Geyser Basin – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Hot Springs, Yellowstone Lake, Geysers

Distance

0.77 Miles

Parking Lot Elevation

7794

Summit Elevation

7657

Elevation Gain/Loss

228 Feet total gain/loss

Time Required

15-45 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

$25 Park Entrance Fee

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Sun Exposure

No Shade

Trail Condition

All paved, or boardwalk

Restrooms

Yes

Visitor Center

Lake Visitor Center

Camping

Yes

Trail Map



Driving Directions



The Trail:

West Thumb Geyser Basin is a short, easy, and fun hike that is great for people of all ages. The entire figure 8 is less than a mile and has some really cool features. There are lots of colors here. There is slight inclines but really just about anyone could do this. It is one of the more unique thermal areas in the park since its right on the shore of Yellowstone Lake. Here are pictures of some of the smaller features and different colors available to see.

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Part of the trail is right on the shore and some of the thermal features right in the water. I caught it on a beautiful day where the mix of clouds and sun made for some awesome photos!

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There are two pools here that are really famous and really beautiful. The first is called the abyss because obviously it is very deep.

Black pool used to be black but is now a very beautiful bright blue. This is one of my favorites in the whole park!

The Return:

This trail makes a loop so you will end back at the parking lot.

Personal Thoughts:

This is a great short hike good for all people. There is lots of variety and should be visited by anyone in the West Thumb, and Lake area of Yellowstone.

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Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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Brett
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Those are great photos! Awesome

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