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Grand Prismatic Spring, Midway Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Park, Wyoming, USA

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Distance
0.59 mi
Elevation gain
49 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
0 ft
Max elevation
7,233 ft
TrailRank 
59
Min elevation
7,200 ft
Trail type
One Way
Moving time
16 minutes
Time
27 minutes
Coordinates
167
Uploaded
June 14, 2019
Recorded
June 2019

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7,233 ft
7,200 ft
0.59 mi

near Riverside, Montana (United States)

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Itinerary description

Excelsior Geyser and Grand Prismatic Spring are the main locations of thermal activity at this popular location.

The outstanding beauty can really be appreciated in satellite view. First we did a walk around in mid-afternoon. Then we returned and did the walk again in the early morning on a following day. This provided better light conditions for pictures and avoided large crowds and parking delays, particularly the bus groups moving through the narrow boardwalks.

the saved track combined two segments; the main boardwalk around the Geyser Basin, and a Southern forest walk to a lookout over the Grand Prismatic Spring. A short road segment links the two parking lots and is not part of the saved track.

The Track was recorded over two days in early June 2019 using the free Wikiloc off-line State map for Wyoming.

Waypoints

PictographBridge Altitude 7,204 ft
Photo ofParking and Bridge to Excelsior Geyser Photo ofParking and Bridge to Excelsior Geyser Photo ofParking and Bridge to Excelsior Geyser

Parking and Bridge to Excelsior Geyser

The track starts at the main bus and car parking area. Early arrival is a good idea; at that time the light is better for photography and there is no congestion on the bridge and boardwalks.

PictographRiver Altitude 7,222 ft
Photo ofExcelsior Geyser outflow Photo ofExcelsior Geyser outflow Photo ofExcelsior Geyser outflow

Excelsior Geyser outflow

"The geyser is currently dormant but discharges 4,000 gallons per minute of boiling water into the Firehole River".

PictographLake Altitude 7,219 ft
Photo ofExcelsior Geyser Crater Photo ofExcelsior Geyser Crater Photo ofExcelsior Geyser Crater

Excelsior Geyser Crater

"In the 1880's Excelsior Geyser erupted in bursts 50 to 300 ft high. A 1988 eruption is shown in one of the attached photos. Violent eruptions caused the jagged crater. Eruptions ceased from 1890 to Sept 14, 1985 when 47 hours of major eruptions occurred."

PictographLake Altitude 7,223 ft
Photo ofalong South edge of Excelsior Crater Photo ofalong South edge of Excelsior Crater Photo ofalong South edge of Excelsior Crater

along South edge of Excelsior Crater

Looking south from here there are great views of the steam cloud rising above Grand Prismatic Spring.

PictographLake Altitude 7,234 ft
Photo ofGrand Prismatic Spring 1 Photo ofGrand Prismatic Spring 1 Photo ofGrand Prismatic Spring 1

Grand Prismatic Spring 1

At 200 ft (61 m) across, Grand Prismatic Spring is the largest and one of the most colorful of Yellowstone's hot springs. It's water is 160 deg F (70 deg C). It discharges almost 500 gallons a minute into the Firehole River.

PictographLake Altitude 7,223 ft
Photo ofWestern boardwalk Photo ofWestern boardwalk Photo ofWestern boardwalk

Western boardwalk

Opal Spring and other thermal activities in this area.

PictographCar park Altitude 7,254 ft

Southern parking lot

It is worthwhile to stop at the next parking lot to the south of Excelsior and climb a gently forest path to the Great Prismatic Spring viewpoint. This way-point is at the car park for this southern track segment.

PictographBridge Altitude 7,242 ft
Photo ofBridge over Firehole River Photo ofBridge over Firehole River Photo ofBridge over Firehole River

Bridge over Firehole River

Antique single vehicle bridge.

PictographPanorama Altitude 7,332 ft
Photo ofLookout over Grand Prismatic Spring Photo ofLookout over Grand Prismatic Spring Photo ofLookout over Grand Prismatic Spring

Lookout over Grand Prismatic Spring

This viewpoint is an easy climb from the bridge, and is well worth the effort, with a panoramic view of the Grand Prismatic Spring. Its a light gravel forest path with no boardwalks.

PictographLake Altitude 7,248 ft
Photo ofTurquoise Pool

Turquoise Pool

This is the third largest pool at the site.

PictographLake Altitude 7,245 ft
Photo ofGrand Prismatic Spring 2 Photo ofGrand Prismatic Spring 2 Photo ofGrand Prismatic Spring 2

Grand Prismatic Spring 2

Additional photos captured on on a second visit two days later.

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