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Ferris Fork Spur Trail

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This 1/2 mile spur trail follows the Ferris Fork upstream to a hot spring area and swimming hole.


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Point to Point

7,419' 2,261 m

High

7,380' 2,249 m

Low

42' 13 m

Up

4' 1 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

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Features Hot Spring · River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall

It is illegal (and dangerous) to swim in hot springs, but it is legal to swim in rivers and creeks where hot spring runoff warms the streams to soaking temperature.

Description

This 1/2 mile spur trail follows the Ferris Fork up stream to a hot spring area and swimming hole, known as "Mister Bubbles" to those lucky enough to know of its existence. The closest backcountry campsite (9D1 - Ferris Fork) gets booked out quickly every year purely because of its proximity to this swimming hole. Note that it is illegal (and dangerous) to swim in hot springs, but it is legal to swim in rivers and creeks where hot spring runoff warms the streams to soaking temperature.

It's possible to follow the Ferris Fork 2 miles further up stream to view 4 small falls named by William Gregg in 1921 to honor Shoshone Indians. Each falls is about a 1/2 mile apart. First is 33-foot Tendoy Falls (named for a Lemhi Shoshone chief), then 15-foot Gwinna Falls (the Shoshone word for eagle), followed by 10-foot Sluiceway Falls, and two-tiered (28 foot & 18 foot) Wahhi Falls (the Shoshone word for two-step or double).

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Shared By:

Tom Carter with improvements by Cameron Booth

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Swimming in the warmed river waters of the Ferris Fork.
Apr 4, 2016 near Yellows…, WY
A view of the hot springs that heat Ferris Fork.
Apr 4, 2016 near Yellows…, WY

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Aug 11, 2017
Cameron Booth
A quick detour to check out "Mr. Bubbles"! 1mi