Spring Creek Trail – 7.3 Miles
Once again, Cindy needed to run to town which means I got to choose a hike that doesn’t start and end in the same place. Cindy dropped me off at the trailhead that parallels both Spring Creek and the road between Old Faithful and West Thumb. The trail ends at the Lone Star Geyser road where I took a left and hiked 0.7 miles out to Lone Star Geyser. I’ve been here before via a different route so I didn’t wait the expected 2 hours to see Lone Star erupt for a second time. After a brief rest and snack, I returned to the Kepler Cascades parking lot where Cindy met me shortly thereafter.
DeLacy Creek Trail to Shoshone Lake – 6.0 miles
This is the second time I’ve hiked this trail. It’s one of my favorites and I wanted to share it with our friend Yun who flew up from Austin to visit us in Yellowstone for a week. Yun loves to hike and backpack so this was like a walk in the park for her.
Picnic Trail to Specimen Ridge Trail out to Agate Creek – 6.4 miles
This is another of my favorite hikes and one I repeated with Yun. It’s completely different from DeLacy Creek giving Yun a good overview of what Yellowstone has to offer.
Along the way we saw pronghorn, bison and bighorn sheep. No bears or wolves though.
Old Faithful Boardwalk – 1.2 miles
With 99.5 miles completed, Cindy and decided to take Yun on a short 1.2 mile hike around the upper geyser basin thus completing my 100 mile hiking challenge.
Following our hike, we headed back to the Old Faithful Inn for a huckleberry margarita and big surprise. Back in May I had reserved a tour to the top of the Old Faithful Inn. Visitors to the Inn are restricted to the first three floors but if you plan far in advance, you can arrange to be one of a handful of visitors that climbs up to the roof to help take down the flags each evening.
Fire codes and a locked staircase prohibit casual visitors from climbing up to the orchestra platform and treehouse above the third floor of the Old Faithful Inn. The staircase also leads to a door through the roof to an outside stairway on the roof climbing to a platform atop the roof. This tour is not for those afraid of heights!
In addition to hiking, we drove Yun down to the Grand Tetons to witness the solar eclipse in the zone of totality as well as the more popular features of Yellowstone. But despite our best efforts, we were unable to find bears and wolves. Maybe next year.by