Trailblazer | 5055 pts
We started at the Fairy Falls trailhead. The trail is level the whole way, starting off on a gravel fire road that passes along the back of Grand Prismatic Spring. You can climb the hill behind the spring for a grand view of it. Nicer than the view from the official boardwalk on the other side, I thought. A little further, you turn left into the lodgepole pine regrowth. Not beautiful, but fascinating to see close up results of a major fire and how nature comes back. The falls were impressively high, though not a lot of water in August. We got a good look at a marmot foraging in the area below the falls. We made a circuit of about 8 miles by taking the Imperial Meadows trail just past the falls. The hewn log "boardwalk" was so cool I walked it even though the ground was dry. We could see the falls in the distance for a long time. After all the warnings to stay on boardwalks, I was nervous when the trail crossed something that appeared to be a nascent spring, but we just got our boots a little wet. Finally, we reached the intersection with the fire road and turned right toward the trailhead. A nice pond was on the left between us and the Firehole river, but we didn't see anything special wildlife-wise.