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Gibbon Geyser Basin

Geyser Creek Group

GEYSER Descriptions
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"Avalanche" Geyser

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"Big Bowl Geyser"



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The Geyser Creek group is in a back country setting. Caution should be exercised when visiting this area. It is best visited with someone who has been there before. Use these suggested guidelines when visiting a remote, undeveloped thermal area. The rangers at the Museum in Norris usually can provide you with information such as bear activity and potential hazards that may be encountered on a hike up Geyser Creek. The fires in 1988 burnt most of the trees in the area. Do not try to enter the area off of the Artist Paint Pot trail. There are small thermal vents in the area  and the the sides of the trail and boardwalk are clearly marked with signs telling visitors to stay on the trails. The valley floor along the creek is marshy and wet and hiking up the valley floor is not recommended. Hiking along the  along the base and side of the eastern edge of the valley is possible. It is a long but rewarding bushwhacking experience. One can then cross branches of Geyser Creek just down stream of the lower extent of the geyser basin and find the old trail on the west side. Many of the dead trees have blown down and a hike into the area will involve climbing over lots of downed logs. Years ago my son and I dubbed the stretch of deadfall on the way up the side of the valley as "the field of pain". I find it easiest to stay on the hillside. The few standing dead trees also pose a hazard as the may fall over especially in high winds. However, I watched one fall in 1998 on its own with no wind, so be careful. Once in the thermal area stay on the hillside where there is an unimproved game trail. Do not approach the area across the valley floor through the thermal features. On the hillside care should be taken as it is steep in places and hot springs and pools are located along the base of the slope. My final warning is go slow and use common back country sense.

Ones efforts to reach Geyser Creek  is rewarded with a unique set of thermal features. From the maniacal, chaotic eruption of "Avalanche" Geyser to the gurgling mystery of Subterranean Blue Geyser I find the area most fascinating.

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Revised: 03/16/06