Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park – Hiking Wyoming

 

Hiking in the Monument Geyser Basin and to the summit of Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA.

 

 

Today's main hiking objective will be the 10,243 ft (3,122 M) summit of Mount Washburn in the Canyon Area of Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

In West Yellowstone custom-made sandwiches are acquired for the day hiking kit before driving east across the park to begin the day with a short, steep 2 mile (3¼ KM) warm-up hike to the Monument Geyser Basin. 

The trail-head begins near Beryl Spring.  The ascent allows an excellent and motivational view of Mount Washburn in the distance.  On this trail to the Monument Geyser Basin there is clear evidence of the devastating 1988 forest fires accompanied by outstanding views of Gibbon River Canyon, as well as Gibbon Meadows and the Gallatin Range.

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

 

Monument Geyser Basin appears at the end of 700 ft (225 m) of elevation in ⅝ of a mile (1 KM).  The geyser basin is a small thermal area filled with odd, strangely unique geyser cones accompanied by the strong smell of sulfur.

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

 

Back at the car, the drive continues east through the park past Norris and Canyon Village junctions to the Dunraven Pass trail-head.  The hike to the summit of Mount Washburn begins on old road previously used for transportation to the fire lookout station at the summit.  Distance one way is 3 miles (4¾ KM) with consistent, moderate elevation gain of 1,400 feet (425 M).   Weather is perfect.  Views are expansive but smoky from two forest fires burning within the park.  Lunch at the top is enjoyably consumed in an enclosed shelter on this easy hike with good rewards.

 

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA A view from Monument Geyser Basin trail towards Mount Washburn in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA On the trail to the summit of Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

 

Old Faithful is clearly seen erupting in the far distance and there are outstanding views across major portions of Yellowstone National Park which includes views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

On the descent hike, friends from Calgary, Alberta, Canada are making the ascent.  What are the odds? 

Back at the trail-head, the car is covered with bees.  No-one else's car is covered with bees and this unusual occurrence may be attributed to residual poplar tree sap from parking in Jackson Hole at Grand Teton National Park.  Apparently bees find this attractive.

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

 

Supper in the Canyon Village cafeteria provides the opportunity for swapping trip stories with friends before they head north to Gardiner, Montana in a fitting end to this hiking day before the return to West Yellowstone.

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA Lower Falls in the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone - Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

 

There is abundant wildlife in the park and there are several close encounters with deer and buffalo on the drive home.

 

Monument Geyser Basin and Mount Washburn – Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

 

The summit of Mount Washburn has been the highlight of this hiking day in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, USA.

 

 

 

 

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