Things To Do: Quadrant 2

qudrant 2 bannerQuadrant 2: West Thumb Geyser Basin, Yellowstone Lake, Uncle Tom’s Trail

As we exit Quadrant 1 and continue heading northeast, we enter Quadrant 2. Our first stop in Quadrant 2 is at West Thumb Geyser Basin.

WestThumbBasinWest Thumb Geyser Basin – West Thumb Geyser Basin is one of the most picturesque geyser basins in the park with Yellowstone Lake as its backdrop. West Thumb Geyser Basin is full of colorful thermal features, like Black Pool, Big Cone Geyser and Fishing Cone Geyser.

Fishing_Cone_Geyser_YNP2Fishing Cone Geyser was once a popular spot where early travelers would fish in the lake and promptly turn around and cook their catch in the boiling water of the geyser. Today this is illegal but Fishing Cone is still cool to see as it sets right in Yellowstone Lake’s clear crisp water. A 1/4 mile inner loop and a 1/2 mile outer loop lead you through the entire basin past hotsprings, mudpots, and geysers. A picnic area at the geyser basin parking lot provides a great spot to sit and have lunch for hungry travelers.

Yellowstone Lake – Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in the Park. Yellowstone Lake is also the largest freshwater lake above 7,000 feet in North America. In the winter ice covers most of the lake except for those near spots near hot springs. Popular activities include boating, swimming, canoeing, sailing, and fishing. A Marina is operated at Bridge Bay and there is a boat ramp at Grant Village in West Thumb.

UncleTomsTrailYellowstone-Noyes1096Uncle Tom’s Trail – Uncle Tom’s Trail is a steep stairway descent from the south rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone to a viewpoint near the base of the Lower Yellowstone Falls. This is the trail as it was constructed in 1898 by park concessionaire, “Uncle Tom” H. F. Henderson.

Today it is a little bit more stable of a descent. A series of paved inclines and more than 300 steps lead you about 500 feet down into the canyon. At the bottom you can see a spectacular view of the lower falls from below. The length of the entire hike is a little over a quarter of a mile and should take less than an hour.


Those are some of the main attractions for Quadrant 2. Next we will head further north  and look at Quadrant  3!

**Again, we are in no way a comprehensive resource for everything to see in the park. We recommend these sites:

The NPS website

Just to name a few.

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Dehn ran track in high school and was the high school hurdle coach while still a student. After working in video production and getting an Engineering degree followed by an MBA, Dehn has finally found a home as our Marketing and Creative Director. He loves exploring the national parks and telling stories.