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Black Sand Thermal Area, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, USA

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Distance
0.48 mi
Elevation gain
3 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
3 ft
Max elevation
7,275 ft
TrailRank 
57
Min elevation
7,220 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
22 minutes
Time
34 minutes
Coordinates
134
Uploaded
June 15, 2019
Recorded
June 2019
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7,275 ft
7,220 ft
0.48 mi

near Three River Junction, Wyoming (United States)

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Itinerary description

A short easy walk in a very interesting and diverse thermal location. "Black obsidian (volcanic glass) sand gives this geyser basin its name. Oranges, greens, and other colors in and around the hot springs come from thermophiles (heat-loving micro-organisms)." The Cliff geyser makes frequent impressive eruptions. The vapors from these springs are not smelly and seem to have a attractive medicinal effect.

All the thermal locations in Eastern Yellowstone Park have unique features, so we didn't get tired of visiting them one by one in different weather and at different times of day. Sometimes the intensity of eruptions can vary significantly from one visit to the next.

This track was recorded in early June 2019, using the free off-line Wikiloc Wyoming State map download.

Waypoints

PictographCar park Altitude 7,250 ft
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Parking

Adequate paved car and bus parking and toilet facilities.

PictographLake Altitude 7,245 ft
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The Cliff Geyser

During our visit the Cliff Geyser erupted several times and once it reached a significant height.

PictographLake Altitude 7,241 ft
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Green Spring

The Green Spring has lots of thermophile coloration. From this location we also observed a significant Cliff Geyser eruptions.

PictographIntersection Altitude 7,245 ft
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Steam pools

A small bridge near a trail junction. The steam clouds from nearby springs are dense and not smelly. When they gently waft over the boardwalk some visitors treat it like a spa location.

PictographLake Altitude 7,222 ft
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Rainbow Pool and Sunset Lake

Along the northern branch of a T-shaped boardwalk layout.

PictographLake Altitude 7,270 ft
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The Emerald Pool

Along the southern branch of a T-shaped boardwalk layout.

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