Trailblazer | 5055 pts
This was a great family day hike. It was great fun to be out on our own exploring a bit of backcountry. Easy to do, short and interesting. Terrific canyon views for the first half (if you go clockwise), 2 nice lakes, lodgepole forest, meadows and a small backcountry thermal area that was a treat in a spooky sort of way. The backcountry thermal was SO different from the usual boardwalk-ed areas you get used to around the main geyser basins and makes you think about how early visitors must have stumbled upon these areas. A small herd of bison blocked our way at the very end in the meadow and we had to take an impromptu detour which was also fun. Not for hardcore hikers but great for the rest of us looking for a couple hours for a great family activity.