Bunsen Peak
Bunsen Peak
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Rebecca S
Boston, MA65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We loved hiking Bunsen Peak. There are three great viewing areas on top. Hike was moderately strenuous for middle age mom, mild to moderate for teenage boys and husband, but beautiful for all. A real highlight of Yellowstone!
Written 4 September 2017
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Jacob R
South Lake Tahoe, CA72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
I took a couple hours to scale it after work one evening, I wouldn't recommend doing the first part while it is pouring rain like I did, but I had a trail to myself which can sometimes be good in Yellowstone. A great elevation hike for guests that want to scale a peak, not that difficult. The trail is pretty gradual and takes you through a couple different features, I especially enjoyed the meadows with a flowers everywhere. You get good views throughout the hike and you are on a nice, well kept trail.
Written 20 July 2017
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Kenneth B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Friends
Hello fellow hikers and stewards of the earth.
The ranger at the west entrance recommended this hike as the best views in Yellowstone. Agree.
Went on this hike with my son, Maxwell, in early August 2016.
This is a wonderful, somewhat short, somewhat steep, grand trail. If you're able, you won't be disappointed. Takes about 1.5 hours one-way. Climb is about 2000 ft. 360 degree views of the North Park.
The hike starts easy then increases to moderate. Switch backs increase in number as you approach the peak (8600 ft). There's a cabin on the top.
You will see plenty of lush grass and frern, pine trees, flowers, grand views of meadows, other peaks, and geysers along the way.
The trail was in excellent condition. The are a few rocks fields, however, easy to cross. Water, hiking boots and trekking poles recommended. The trail is safe for beginners. Plenty of resting areas. The weather was perfect - 70f, a few huge puffy clouds, big blue sky.
Recommendation: If you can, wait until the return trip, down, to take pictures; Take plenty of breathers to make the trip most pleasant; stay on the well marked trail - short cuts on the return down can be very dangerous (and certainly bad for the trail)
After you do this hike, please let us know what you think.

Have Fun!

Kenny Beal
Written 14 August 2016
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505badgolfer
Albuquerque, NM372 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Solo
Lonely Planet's "Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, third edition" says this is one of the 5 best day hikes in the park. I liked it but would describe the hike as good but not great. I only did Bunsen Peak, without any add on for Osprey Falls. 2.1 miles to the top. The sign at the top says elevation is about 8700'. Flatlanders may do some huffing and puffing. Views from the top make the hike worth it. Small parking lot fills up quickly, so try to get an early start. Also, be sure to bring along a windbreaker as the summit can be cold and blustery. As I was descending, I passed many hikers ascending who were in shorts, sneakers and without windbreakers. I'd recommend sturdier clothing and footwear.
Written 23 June 2016
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Keeley Y
Corona, CA522 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Friends
Bunsen is a lesser known and off the beaten path attraction due to the hot springs, but it is one stop you should visit if you like hiking. Went with my brother, we are in our 20s/30s. 4.4 miles roundtrip, took us 2 1/2 hours, 1400ft elevation gain. Ridge hike almost all the way up, first we WMT thru forest, then meadow, then ridge, then rocky switchbacks. See pictures. At the top was 360 view of mountains, local lakes, hot springs/town. There was a shack with radio towers at the top. While route is scenic and much is along the ridge. On our way down we crossed paths with a mountain goat, a big buck with big circular horns (picture). We went around him and went down the side of the mountain through trees and rocks/shrubs to the next switchback. He was hangout in the middle of the trail so my brother and I went around him.

Overall nice hike, don't miss it!
Written 17 June 2016
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Leslie F
Chapel Hill, NC98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Family
If you want to climb a mountain and get some nice 360 degree views but you don't want to climb all day, this is a nice hike for you and it is good for the kids too. You walk through many different environments seeing various wildlife, but only if you are a morning hiker. The climb is not to strenuous and stopping to enjoy the views of Swan Lake, or the Hoodoos is an additional bonus.
As you approach the top, you should be careful of your footing as there are some areas of screes which overrun some of the switchbacks. Once at the top, have lunch and enjoy the views. There is not much in the way of shade so wear a hat. Round trip about 4.2 miles and our 8 & 10 yr old had no problem with this hike.
Written 26 August 2013
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jesse o
Jackson, WY6,518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
It’s up ahead off in the distance yet towering over the road as you travel south from Mammoth. What is that mountain and how did it get such a vaguely familiar name?
It turns out Dr. Robert Bunsen of chemistry labs Bunsen burner fame has a connection to the local geology. In 1846, Bunsen was part of an expedition to study the volcanoes of Iceland. Besides volcanoes, Iceland has geysers. He observed and theorized and tested his hypotheses to be the first to describe accurately what makes geyser activity possible. You might well imagine, right here in Yellowstone, the geyser capital of the world (though not around Mammoth, the rocks are too soft here to hold that much pressure) that his breakthrough unlocked the beginning of modern understanding of one of the rarest, most mysterious yet powerful features on earth.
I am grateful the early park fathers and mothers honored him here.
There is a delightful trail to the top which you can make a full day hike out of if you descend the back or eastern side and go down further to see Osprey Falls, a truly hidden and relatively unknown local feature that we found utterly captivating.
Written 19 May 2018
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atenolol
Liverpool, UK52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Leaving Norris for Mammoth we stopped enroute. Party of 13 we took the 2 hour moderate hike to the top and an hour down. Incentive for the teenagers was WiFi access at the peak a good motivation to maintain the pace. A good view from the peak. Highly recommended to all.
Written 6 September 2017
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Beachgalxo
Nashville, TN322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
We wanted to take a hike in Yellowstone and were hesitant to go out on our own. Additionally, I often find that hiring a guide allows you to learn while relaxing and enjoying your surroundings. Bunsen Peak gets reviews that say it's easy, moderate and difficult. My husband and I found it moderately difficult and would consider ourselves in good physical shape. My kids (20 somethings) found it easy. They too are in good shape. This trail is steep at times going up, and coming down. And, keep in mind that you are gaining altitude so be sure to acclimate before trying this. Additionally, I would strongly suggest hiking boots. I wore an old pair of sneakers and although my feet didn't hurt I slipped quite a bit coming back down. Hiking poles (which Ken provided) helped secure my footing. The views from the top are beautiful. I would highly suggest leaving early in the morning so that it isn't too hot. The days start out cool but can heat up quickly. Be sure to bring water...2 liters per person is best. We packed a light lunch and sat at the top eating and taking in our beautiful surroundings. It really is worth the trek. Ken was a truly special guide. Not only did he have extra water, but hauled a spotting scope up on his back along with a space blanket, first aid kit and a rain jacket. He was prepared! We forgot our rain gear even though we brought it specifically for hiking. If you read a bit about Yellowstone you will note that the temperatures can drop suddenly and storms can come up quickly. Ken was very observant and aware of our surroundings at all times. A storm did come up which he had been watching. The storm kept us from going down to see Osprey falls but we would have done that as an add on otherwise. Throughout the entire hike Ken was a wealth of knowledge. Flowers, trees, birds, animals...just about anything one could think up a question about he knew the answer. He made what was a lovely hike into an exceptional hike!
Written 27 August 2017
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A C R
Smyrna, GA557 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Family
Bunsen Peak does not look like a peak but more of a ridge. The natural colors are impressive and you can really appreciate the folding of the rock layers on this feature.
Written 18 October 2016
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