Yellowstone Norris Area Day Hikes

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Norris Area Day Hikes

Start by strolling through the Norris Geyser Basin along boardwalk trails in the Porcelain and Back Basins. Just south of the Norris area, the short trail to Artist Paint Pots is worthwhile. Or try something longer and escape the crowds on Solfatara Creek Trail.

Norris Geyser Basin
This boardwalk trail meanders through Porcelain and Back Basins. Experience a number of interesting geothermal features, including the famous Steamboat Geyser.

  • Trailhead: Behind the Norris Geyser Basin Museum
  • Distance: 2.25 miles
  • Difficulty: Easy

Artist Paint Pots
This very short hike offers access to a series of colorful pools, known as the Artist Paint Pots.

  • Trailhead: 4.5 miles south of Norris, look for the Artist Paint Pots sign.
  • Distance: 1.2 miles round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy

Grizzly Lake
Located a few miles north of the Norris area, the Grizzly Lake Trail is a moderate trail that is great for anglers. Follow the trail through an area of lodgepole pine forest that has burned twice (in 1976 and 1988). The lake itself is marshy in areas but long, narrow, and surrounded by thick forest.

  • Trailhead: 1 mile south of Beaver Lake along the Mammoth-Norris road
  • Distance: 4 miles round-trip
  • Difficulty: Moderate

Ice Lake Trail
This small but lovely lake is easy to access and great for escaping the crowds. Follow the slow incline through pine forest until you reach the lake.

  • Trailhead: 3.5 miles east of Norris, on the way to Canyon
  • Distance: .6 miles round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy

Monument Geyser Basin
South of the Norris Area, the Monument Geyser Basin is a dormant geyser area located on a plateau. This short but strenuous trail climbs 500 feet in just .5 miles.

  • Trailhead: 5 miles south of Norris (just after Gibbon River Bridge)
  • Distance: 2 miles round-trip
  • Difficulty: Strenuous

Solfatara Creek Trail
This remote trail is great for hikers who are looking for a little solitude. You'll see a few minor thermal areas with interesting colors in Amphitheater and Whiterock Springs, but overall it's just a nice scenic trail in the backcountry.

  • Trailhead: There are 2 trailheads: 1) Loop C in Norris Campgorund and 2) .75 miles south of Beaver Lake Picnic Area.
  • Distance: 6.5 miles one way (if you run a shuttle). 13 miles out and back.
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate