Bunsen Peak Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This scenic cardio ascent is a popular early-season altitude acclimatization route. Many folks hike in jeans and tennis shoes, but boots and trekking poles come in handy for the scree slopes, especially if you opt for the full loop or the steep side-trip to Osprey Falls."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"Dome-shaped Bunsen Peak is the eroded remains of a volcanic cone. From the top of Bunsen Peak are incredible views. You can see Mt. Holmes to the southwest; Cathedral Rock, the Mammoth Terraces and the Absaroka Range to the north; and the Washburn Range to the east. The trail to the peak winds through a burned Douglas fir and lodgepole pine forest from the 1988 fires. A beautiful new-growth forest has carpeted the hillsides."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
"As far as mountaintops go, this might be the easiest to reach in the park. This trail probably offers the easiest way to get a spectacular mountaintop view of the northwestern corner of the park. However, some people wouldn’t call this an easy hike. You go up 1,300 feet in 2.1 miles (a Category 2 climb). Fortunately the trail is superbly switchbacked to minimize the impact of the elevation gain. In addition, the scenery along the way tends to absorb you, so you don’t focus on the effort it takes to reach the summit of Bunsen Peak, named for the same fellow who invented the Bunsen burner, Robert Bunsen."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
Wonderful hike. Loved the open mountain views. Trail was covered in snow near the top so it was a bit of a guess to the peak.
This is a great trail, really nice views at the top. We made it an all-day event, descending the other side of the hill, then around to mammoth hot springs. After a lunch at the cafe there, we took snow pass trail back to our car. Loooong day but stunning scenery the entire way.
This is an excellent hike with grand views over a large part of Yellowstone. The trail up to the peak is a little strenuous but well worth it.
Do this trail in the morning, while it's still cool and there aren't many people. The views from the top are stunning--we could see both Mammoth Hot Springs and the Tetons. The switchbacks make the climb easier, but a walking stick will help--there's lots of rocky areas.
I circled around the peak on a flat nondiscript service road. Do not take this trail. I then decided to go down to Osprey Falls. This strenous hike was well worth it. I stood alone with my one-year-old son and gazed at the falls. It was a truly once in a lifetime experience.
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