Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Grand Prismatic

Grand Prismatic Hot Pool
Yellowstone National Park

Grand Prismatic is the largest Hot Spring in the park.
It is full of colored water and lots of hot colorful steam.
This is one of my favorite places to visit.

You can find Grand Prismatic. In the Midway Geyser Basin. Or if you have the time and the energy. You can Take the Fairy Falls Hiking Trail. The Midway Geyser Basin viewing area is a great easy way to see the Hot Spring. The trail how ever offers a completely different view of the hot spring.
Midway Geyser Basin is located Between Old Faithful and Madison junction.
Or the Fairy Falls Trail. witch starts and ends at Fountain Flat Drive or The Midway Geyser Basin.

I think that anyone who takes the time to go Yellowstone Park. Would be missing one of the best things in the park. If they did not stop and see this amazing Hot Spring.
I stop every time i go. Even if it's just from the viewing area.
The first two pictures are from the Fairy Falls Trail.
The rest are from the viewing area.

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls
Yellowstone National Park

Fairy Falls is 200 foot water fall. That comes right off the top of a plateau.

Their are a couple of different ways to get to the falls. The easiest way is from the midway geyser basin. Or from fountain flat drive. Both ways are beautiful. But fountain flat drive is a much longer hike. Both of these trails are bicycle trails also. It also offers a view of grand prismatic that can't be seen any other way.
And it passes right along goose lake. Witch is on the map but you can not see from the road. The trail also reminds me of the fires that swept through park. You can see for miles and miles all of the burnt timber. But you can also see miles and miles of new life. It is an amazing cycle for sure.

So if you have the time and the energy. I think this is a great trail for just about any body.
The lake and the back side of grand prismatic. Are also the first things you see on the trail.
I know i will be back in the spring.
This is a wonderful place so please remember to haul out your trash and please pick up after other people. If we all do this we can insure the beauty of the park for years to come.

Uncle Toms Trail

Uncle Toms Trail
Yellowstone National Park.

Uncle Toms Trail is a long steep trail.
That Drops in to the grand canyon of Yellowstone.
This is a great place to view the lower falls from.

The Trail head is easy to find. Like most trails in the park it is well marked. The best way to find the uncle toms trail. Is to drive to Artist Point. You will see the signs for the trail once you cross the river.

This Trail is long and steep it will take you at least an hour. If your in good shape. So you may want to plan a little extra time. And take water and snacks.
This is one of my favorite trails in the park. because it's kinda off the beaten path. And it's a more intermediate to advanced hike you usually don't see allot of people here.

Gibbon Falls

Gibbon Water Fall
Yellow Stone National Park.

Gibbon Falls is Awesome.
It is one of the first waterfalls you come to in the park.
If you come in through west Yellowstone and turn the right way. It has a drop of 84 feet.
You can find Gibbon falls between Madison junction and Norris geyser basin.

These are all pictures of the falls from different trips i have taken.
It is amazing how much more or less water passes over the falls.
Spring verses winter. I always make it a point to try and stop and view these falls.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Norris Geyser Basin

Norris Geyser Basin
Yellowstone National Park

Norris Geyser Basin is home to a variety of water life.
And I've even seen a few elk here.
When you come to Norris be prepared to spend some time.

Norris Geyser Basin is very easy to find. It is well marked on the Travel map you are given when you enter the park.
Their are two main hiking trails in Norris. Both of these trails make a complete loop. and meet up in the middle like a figure eight. I don't remember how long these trails are. If memory serves me correctly one is about a mile and the other is just under three miles.
Either way their is so much to see here the walk seems very very short. Until you realize you have spent most the day here. Ha ha ha

Norris Geyser Basin is packed full of Hot Springs, Geysers, Mud Pots, Fumaroles and animals.
It is also home to steam boat geyser. witch when it erupts is the tallest geyser in the park. Steam boat is my favorite geyser in the park also. No i have not been lucky enough to see it erupt. Steam boat is not as regular as Old Faithful but is it always gurgling spitting and full of activity. And these are just a few reasons why we always stop at Norris when we come to the park.

Norris is an amazing place just like most things in the park. Please lets all work together to keep our park clean. Buy Hauling out our own Trash and cleaning up after others. When needs be. Thank you.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Old Faithful

Well what can i say about Old Faithful? Other than the obvious. I do love going to Old Faithful in the late fall. It is my favorite time of the year to see all of the geysers in Yellowstone.

The first two pictures are Old Faithful the third picture was taken from the Old Faithful viewing area. From the viewing area you can see a few other geysers off in the distance. There are trails that will take you to these geysers.

There is also a great trail that goes up the side of the mountain. This trail offers a great view of the whole Old Faithful area. And along the way on this trail their is also many hot water pools. I like this trail because most of the time you have the trail to your self. Especially the upper trail. The trail is pretty short but it's kinda steep so that discourages most people.

Old Faithful is always worth the wait. It never fells to amaze me with it's power and force. And every time i go. I see and experience something new. So if your lucky and get to see old faith erupt. I think you will find it worth the making the trip.