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Bunsen Peak & Osprey Falls Summit Bunsen Peak and descend into Sheepeater Canyon to feel the spray of Osprey Falls.

Yellowstone
Yellowstone
Intensity
7/10
Starting from
$750
About the trip

Bunsen Peak & Osprey Falls

Bunsen Peak was named after Robert Bunsen, inventor of the Bunsen Burner, who studied volcanic geyser activity in Iceland. Today, we'll be climbing 1300 feet up this impressive, extinct volcano. From the summit, you'll enjoy expansive views over the Blacktail Deer Plateau, Gallatin Mountain Range, and Yellowstone River Valley.

After catching our breath on the summit, we'll descend the backside of the mountain and continue into Sheepeater canyon. Walls of columnar basalt tower above as we make our way down to the falls. Osprey falls, on the Gardner River, plunges 150 feet over the edge of a lava flow. We'll have a picnic lunch in the canyon and feel the spray of the falls, which will cool us on a hot summer day.

We'll make our way out of the canyon and complete our loop with an easy stroll through a meadow.

Price

1-2 ppl: $750
3-5 ppl: $1350
each additional person: $150

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Level 7/10
Yellowstone
Planning

Here’s what you need

Bring

Essential Gear
  • At least three liters of water
  • Backpack. Need a recommendation? Check out Deuter!
  • Weather-appropriate clothing. For a great selection and discounts, visit our partners
  • Sunscreen
Recommended Gear
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera

Wear

Essential Clothing
  • Comfortable athletic clothing
  • Hiking boots with non-cotton socks
  • Hat
  • Dress in layers to adapt to changing temperatures

What's Included

Included
  • Expert guides
  • Transportation
  • Lunch
Not Included
  • Park entry fees
  • Gratuity for your guide

Intensity

Level 7

Vigorous - For fit, experienced hikers only

On Level 7 trips you’ll encounter some of the steepest elevations and technical terrain available within a day’s drive. These trips are for athletic types and those who wish to push their physical abilities.

Activity

You can expect to be active for six to eight hours. You can best prepare for a Level 7 trip by maintaining your intense fitness regimen, trying to get your mile time below eight minutes, and hiking consistently on the weekends.

Distances

Level 7 hikes can be anywhere from ten to thirteen miles.

Surfaces

We will be on mountainous, exposed terrain and steep, uneven trails. Most hikes will require not only hiking boots but also additional gear like hiking poles and headlamps.

Elevation Change

Up to 2,500 feet per day.

Altitude

Up to 12,000 feet.

Weather

We head outside in any weather, as long as we know it's safe, and we don't let a little rain or wind ruin a chance for an adventure. You can contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions about preparing for trail conditions.