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Bunsen Peak, Yellowstone National Park

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Bunsen Peak el. 8,564 feet (2,610 m) 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 2.1 miles (3.4 km) 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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  • I climbed the Bunsen Peak Trail on a fall day. The round trip is only about 4.5 miles, but most of that distance is slopes and switchbacks totally 1300 feet of elevation gain. This was the largest... 
    I climbed the Bunsen Peak Trail on a fall day. The round trip is only about 4.5 miles, but most of that distance is slopes and switchbacks totally 1300 feet of elevation gain. This was the largest...  more »
  • Nice views from the top, quite a climb. This is a scenic spot and gives a 360 degree vantage of the countryside. 
    Nice views from the top, quite a climb. This is a scenic spot and gives a 360 degree vantage of the countryside.  more »
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  • Views are amazing from the peak. There is a cell phone / radio tower at the top.
  • Fun hike in Yellowstone. Easy to follow, not too steep and great views at the top and along the way.

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