Osprey Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"An easy (though fairly long) hike on an old service road ends with a steep out-and-back drop to secluded base of the scenic falls at the head of an impressive canyon. The route can be extended to a slightly longer and more strenuous loop by combining it with Trail 3 to see both sides of Bunsen Peak, which makes for an all-day trek.There’s no water at the trailhead and the only water along the trail is at the falls. If doing this hike as part of the full Bunsen Peak Loop (starting as described in Trail 3), watch carefully for orange blazes (metallic flags tacked to tree trunks) marking the way to the cutoff for Osprey Falls as you finish the descent off the backside of Bunsen Peak. Bicyclists are allowed on the gravel service road, but must park their bikes before descending to Osprey Falls. The northeast end of Old Bunsen Peak Road is an alternative trailhead, used primarily by park employees."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"A pleasant day hike, partly on an old jeep road open to mountain bikers, to a spectacular waterfall and the lush, diverse microenvironment surrounding it. The moderate hike to magnificent Osprey Falls is well worth the effort. The first 4 miles of this route are on an abandoned jeep road closed to motorized vehicles but open to mountain bikers, who often ride to the Osprey Falls spur trail, hike down to the falls, and then ride back to the Glen Creek Trailhead. This is a great early-morning hike. The fl at and easy trail goes through mostly open terrain where you’re likely to see wildlife. If you go early you can get down to the falls, enjoy a long rest there, and climb back up before the late-afternoon heat makes the big climb out of Sheepeater Canyon seem harder."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
An excellent trail! Beautiful meadows with wildlife (pika, pronghorn, deer) followed by an incredible waterfall. Nice to get off the paved trails. We clocked it at 9.5 miles. The meadow is easy and the hike down Sheepeater Canyon is manageable with patience.
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