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Fountain Freight Road

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Trail

4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 94' 29 m
Descent: -32' -10 m
High: 7,276' 2,218 m
Low: 7,187' 2,191 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 2% (1°)

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Trail shared by Chris Wandervans

A family friendly tour of Yellowstone with awesome scenery and wildlife.

Chris Wandervans

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly A beautiful stretch of easy trail/path that heads past Grand Prismatic.

Closed during winter months, check the national park website for information.

Description

The trail is an old dirt road that appears to be ground up pavement and stone. This trail is very flat and takes you through a scenic valley where bison tend to hang out all year.

Although it is outside of the main geyser basin area, there are still Hotsprings and thermal pools along the trail. One of which is Ojo Caliente Spring, only 0.8 of a mile into the trail. The gravel trail continues to head south taking you behind the Midway Geyser Basin and ending at the Fairy Falls trailhead.

The trail also goes by Goose Lake and the back side of Grand Prismatic Springs. There are numerous possible side trips on foot along this very leisurely hike.

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Sep 14, 2019
Katie Falcioni
Nice flat trail. Saw two different herds of bison along the way along with a few single ones. Did the loop with fairy falls which totals about 10mi 4.2mi
Aug 6, 2019
Artem Abramyan
Sep 7, 2018
Aishwarya W
followed this trail to fairy falls, imperial geyser and the grand prismatic overlook. 12mi
Jul 27, 2018
Aaron Fagerwick
0.8mi — 0h 14m
Jul 22, 2018
Amanda Ford
Jun 29, 2018
Patrick Csongei
Hiked to the Grand Prismatic overlook and back. Awesome views! 1.6mi — 0h 30m
Sep 9, 2017
Don McCarty
Aug 4, 2017
Keith McClanahan Jr.

Trail Ratings

  3.3 from 9 votes

#2

in Madison

#16782

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#2

in Madison

#364

in Wyoming

#16,782

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Photos

Grand Prismatic Hot Spring as seen from Fountain Flats Drive.
Dec 16, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Grand Prismatic.
Sep 9, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
Grand Prismatic.
Sep 9, 2015 near Yellows…, WY
A really hot spring! From Fountain Pot Trail
Apr 10, 2015 near Old Fai…, WY

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