Bunsen Peak hike

Yellowstone National Park
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Bunsen Peak hike

Distance: 4.4mi
Elevation: 1,558ft
Time: 2-3h

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Rising above the grassy planes and the herds of buffalo, the hike up Bunsen Peak will give you a new perspective on where you have been travelling. The short climb on a well-maintained trail is well worth the plentiful views of Yellowstone!

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Getting there

Drive south of Mammoth towards Norris Junction for 5.0mi and turn off at the Bunsen Peak parking lot. The turnoff is just as you leave the Golden Gate Canyon. This miniscule parking lot fills up nearly instantaneously, so get there early.

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When to do

May through October

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Out and back

Bunsen Peak
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Route Description for Bunsen Peak hike

Shortly after starting up the trail you will come to a junction, take the left path leading up to Bunsen Peak. This trail switchbacks mildly up the entire mountain – a fantastic introduction to gaining some elevation in a hike.

As you hike and from the top you will able to look north down the Golden Gate Canyon toward Mammoth. The most visible views will be of Electric Peak and the Gallatin Range to the west. Beautiful – albeit dead – standing trees line the entire climb, as does the ever-expanding view of the Swan Lake Flats.

Two thirds of the way up the hike you will get a view of the impressive rock feature called Cathedral Rock. From here the scenes of Mammoth Hot Springs and Mount Everts are the best.

Insider Hints

  • To extend the hike continue down the west side of Bunsen Peak (a looser trail), then loop back along the flat Bunsen Peak Road.


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stocRob 3 months ago

We arrived very early to find the empty carpark at around 8:30 am. When we returned it was completely full and people were waiting for empty spots so leaving early was a good decision. Walk itself is nice and pleasant, saw lots of wild birds.

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Ronny 3 months ago

I liked this walk. my wife was a bit scared of the noises. A lot of birds were in the bushes. We kept expecting it would be a big old grizzly bear.

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MadN 3 months ago

good hike not too hard. You can climb down the other way and visit the osprey falls too which I did. took 5 hours then

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