Norris Campground-Norris Geyser Basin Trail
ElevationAscent: 126' 38 m
Descent: -28' -8 m
High: 7,576' 2,309 m
Low: 7,477' 2,279 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A mile-long trek through the woods from Norris Campground to Norris Geyser Basin.”— Tom Carter
Family Friendly This shorter trail heads north from the Norris Geyser Basin Museum up to the Museum of the National Park Ranger.
The trail then affords a nice overlook of Porcelain Basin Hot Springs. The milky color of the mineral deposited here inspired the naming of the Porcelain Basin (which you see before you). The mineral, siliceous sinter, is brought to the surface by hot water and forms a "sheet" over this flat area as the water flows across the ground and the mineral settles out.
The trail then passes Congress Pool. At times this pool turns muddy and boils violently. Most often Congress Pool is docile and appears pale blue in color. It was named for a congress of world geologists meeting in Yellowstone in 1891 when this feature broke out, not (as some have suggested) for a U.S. Congress that sits there and does nothing.
The trail continues through the trees to the Norris Museum.
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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