Bunsen Peak, Yellowstone National Park

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Bunsen Peak el. 8564ft is a prominent peak due south of Mammoth Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. The peak lies on the east flank of Kingman Pass on the Mammoth to Norris section of the Grand Loop Road. The peak was first ascended by Ferdinand V. Hayden and Captain John W. Barlow in 1871, Bunsen Peak was not named until 1872 during the second Hayden Geologic Survey. E. S. Topping named the peak Observation Mountain in 1872 as well, but that name did not stick. The Bunsen Peak Trail with its trailhead just south of Mammoth is a steep 2.1mi to the summit. Bunsen Peak was named for the German chemist Robert Bunsen, the inventor of the Bunsen Burner and responsible for early work on volcanic geyser theories.
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  • We have hiked this trail two out of the five times we’ve been to Yellowstone. This trip we hiked it with our four year old twins. The great thing about this trail is it isn’t very long (about 4miles r...  more »
  • This is a very nice half day hike. We parked on the verge just below the small car park as some thoughtless people had parked people carriers longways across 3 parking spaces. Although this is a small...  more »
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  • There is a nice view of Yellowstone from this place.
  • Good hike

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