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Bunsen Peak Trail

Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 8,564 Feet (2669.6 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,300 Feet (405.2 Meters)
Length: 4.2 Miles (7.0 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Spring to Fall
USGS Maps: Trails Illustrated (Mammoth Hot Springs), Mammoth USGS quad.

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General Description

Bunsen Peak Trail, located south of Mammoth Hot Springs, offers a gradual 1,300 foot climb to the summit of Bunsen Peak. The trail climbs through sagebrush and burned pine and fir. The summit provides a panoramic view of the Blacktail Plateau, Swan Lake Flats, Absarokas Mountain Range, Electric Peak (10,992 ft.), Mount Holmes (10,336 ft.), and the Yellowstone River Valley. The peak is actually an ancient volcano cone and was named for Robert Bunsen who did early research on geysers. Return by the same route or take the trail down the back side past Osprey Falls trailhead (about 2 miles) and return via the Old Bunsen Peak Road Trail. An additional option would be to visit Osprey Falls (an additional 2.8 miles). Please plan for the additional mileage. The hike does not provide a water source so be sure to bring plenty of water.

Directions from Mammoth Hot springs: Travel 4.7 miles south. Immediately past the Golden Gate Bridge park on the left in the Glen Creek Trailhead parking lot.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Hiking & Walking Bunsen Peak Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Bunsen Hiking/Biking Trail.
ICON Viewing Scenery From the top of Bunsen Peak you can view Gardner's Hole, Swan Lake, Electric Peak (10,992 ft.), Mount Holmes (10, 336 ft.), and the Absarokas.
ICON Viewing Wildlife Bring binoculars.

Related Activities
Albright Visitor Center - Albright Visitor Center (formerly bachelor officers' quarters) & Museum, located five miles inside the North Entrance, features a museum, Moran Gallery, theater, Yellowstone Association, backcountry office and handicap accessible restrooms between Visitor Center hours.

Indian Creek Campground - Indian Creek Campground, located in the northwest section of the park, features 75 RV and tent sites.

Mammoth Campground -

Osprey Falls Trail - Osprey Falls Trail, located near Mammoth, offers a 9 mile roundtrip hike through one of Yellowstone's deepest canyons.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Yellowstone National Park, P.O. Box 168 , Yellowstone, WY, 82190, Phone: 307-344-7381


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