Bunsen Peak Day Hike
- Fantastic peak ascent
- Breathtaking view of Yellowstone
- Abundant wildlife habitat
- Amazing natural and cultural history
- Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
- Tasty trail snacks & picnic lunch
Our Bunsen Peak day hike offers incredible northern views of Electric Peak, the Mammoth area, and the Yellowstone River Valley. From the trailhead located just southwest of historic Fort Yellowstone, we begin scaling up the mountain on steep switchbacks. This formation is actually the eroded remains of an ancient volcano’s cone, but has a well-maintained trail with many photo-worthy break stops. We will get a fantastic work out while learning about the geologic and botanical diversity that surrounds us on this trail. We’ll pass budding wildflowers and towering pinnacles while keeping our eyes peeled for wildlife. As we near the 8,527-foot summit, we will feel the air get thinner within our lungs and the trail turn to volcanic talus beneath our feet. The top is sometimes windy, but always breath-taking. Your guide will prepare a delicious picnic lunch while you relax, take photos, and enjoy the horizon. The adjacent valley is over 3,000 feet lower than Bunsen Peak’s summit, making the climax of this 1,300-foot climb even more rewarding. When it’s time to head back down, we’ll have the option of hiking back the way we came (4 total miles) or descending the east side of the mountain along the rim of the spectacular Sheepeater Canyon (6.8 total miles).
Please note: this hike is operated by Wildland Llamas, a separate company from Wildland Trekking. Wildland Llamas is a licensed stock outfitter and guide company in Yellowstone National Park.
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Day Hike Rates
- 1 person: $495
- 2 people: $240 per person
- 3 people: $210 per person
- 4-5 people: $170 per person
- 6-7 people: $140 per person
- 10 and younger: $110 per person
*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or gratuity for your guide
(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)
Ready to hike? Day hike reservations are made through our Adventure Consultant team. You can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and make your payment.
Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
- A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you'd like, and as is possible in a day
- Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
- Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
- Use of trekking poles
- Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
- Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
- Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
- Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
- Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
- A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
- Knee braces (if needed)
- Gratuity for your guide
Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you'd prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)
We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.
Albright Visitor Center, Mammoth Hot Springs. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.
Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 6 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you're likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures in Yellowstone:
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