Bunsen Peak

Kicking off a two-week road trip, Zosia Zgolak and I headed to Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park on 8 October 2016 for some sightseeing and a short hike.  We first stopped at Mammoth Hot Springs to mingle with other tourists on the well-constructed boardwalks which provide safe and easy access to numerous travertine formations in the area.  After enjoying a picnic lunch, we drove south along the highway for a short distance to hike up lowly Bunsen Peak.  A good trail runs all the way up to two equally high summits, and we had no issues whatsoever going up and coming down.  We then drove further south to visit Norris Geyser Basin where we were entertained by various geysers and bubbling pools as the sun set in the west.  A moonlight dinner on the shores of Yellowstone Lake capped off our visit before we drove out of the park to find a place to camp for the night.
Starting out with an easy boardwalk hike! Zosia checks out one of the travertine terraces at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Look both ways before crossing this busy highway! Because the trailhead parking lot is full, Zosia begins the hike up Bunsen Peak from a pullout further up the highway.
Nice Christmas Tree! The trail climbs gently through light forest.
Yet another mountain named after the "makers of wool"! At a switchback in the trail, a break in the trees grants this view overlooking Mammoth Hot Springs.  At distant left is Sheep Mountain.
Not much views from this summit! Zosia directs attention to the elevation sign at the hut on the west summit.
The views are much better from the east summit. The equally high east summit is a short distance away.

Our first summit of the road trip!

Sonny and Zosia stand atop the east summit (2609 metres) of Bunsen Peak.


Swan Lake, eh? How clichéd! Swan Lake is visible to the southwest along with peaks on the horizon including Trilobite Point, Mount Holmes, Dome Mountain, and Antler Peak.
Looks like a good scramble, but the approach is long. Electric Peak dominates the view to the northwest.
No fear here! Zosia attempts to dive into one of the hot pools at Norris Geyser Basin.
Double, double, toil and trouble; Fire burn and cauldron bubble... A beautiful day comes to an end at Yellowstone National Park.
This park deserves a much longer visit. Total Distance:  7.3 kilometres
Round-Trip Time:  2 hours 12 minutes
Net Elevation Gain:  390 metres

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