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“Super hike” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osprey Falls Trail

Osprey Falls Trail
Annapolis, Maryland
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88 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Super hike”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2014

The hiking guidebook made this hike seem like it was going to be really tough, with an 800 ft descent into the canyon and an equal climb out. The hike is as advertised a full 9.2 miles so it isn't a shorty but it wasn't as strenuous as the guidebook led us to believe. The initial 3 miles or so are on a road that is used only by park rangers and is relatively flat. The road gradually climbs on the way back to the Osprey Falls turnoff but then coming back it is mostly a down slope so that helps a lot. The turnoff for Osprey Falls was clearly marked (to the right) with a wooden park sign and we couldn't see how anyone would miss this. After the turnoff the path is flat, winding through some light wooded areas and does come pretty close to the canyon cliffs so it is good to keep an eye on where you are going so as not to walk off. Then the path gets steep and is a series of switchbacks descending to the river. The switchbacks are nicely done so there aren't any areas that are super steep. Views of the river are to be had all the way down and there were also birds and little furry animals to see as well. Once to the river the path flattens out for a short way to the base of the falls. The guidebook says you can go right up to the base of the falls but the path to there was narrow, muddy and it looked slippery so we didn't venture too close. The falls was magnificent and well worth the effort. But then you need to climb out. The climb out was surprisingly not as bad as expected and we made it back to the top easily. However, even though the day was quite cool and we were heavily layered going down the hill, we started stripping off jackets, pants legs, etc as we ascended. Walking up the hill was much hotter. There were some others on the hike but it certainly couldn't be called crowded. It is true what the guidebooks say about hiking in Yellowstone - if you get 5 min off the beaten path you are out in nature all by yourself. We were delighted with this hike.

Visited June 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Beautiful hike, amazing waterfall!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

This is a challenging hike, but well worth the effort! Lots of wildlife (bring bear spray) and very picturesque. Recommend bringing a snack to eat next to the waterfall.

Visited July 2013
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New Orleans
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36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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“Excellent trail but NOT a walk in the park...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

Osprey Falls Trail in Yellowstone National Park is not a walk in the park. It's pretty steep, going down into the Sheepeater Canyon.The falls at the bottom are quite lovely, and well worth the hike.

You'll want to bring lots of water and make sure you have sturdy shoes. The elevation and dry climate in Yellowstone can be dangerous to those who aren't used to these conditions. You can dehydrate very quickly.

Visited September 2012
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Washington State
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“This is an AMAZING hike.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2012

This is a truly great hike. NOT for beginners if you bring kids keep a CLOSE eye on them as a trip and fall on this trail would mean a tragic accident. You can see a nice piece of Yellowstone Backcountry on this day hike. Start out in the morning (for real in the summer it get hot, and its a long climb) and keep a good pace so you can slow down and enjoy yourself at the waterfalls. Look for wildlife along the way - be aware of your surroundings but don't be paranoid. Talk and make noise and nothing should want to eat you. We did a long loop down to the falls and then back up around Bunsen Peak. Well worth the mileage in pictures and memories.

Visited August 2011
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“One of the best day hikes in Yellowstone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 7, 2012

This is an amazing waterfall in a micro-environment all its own. The best way to do this is to bring your (mountain) bike to the trail head and bike the first few miles to where the trail is open to bikes. Lock your bike at the rail where the decent to the canyon begins (and is well marked). The hike down is about 11 switch backs and well worth the effort. You can always hike the first part of the trail as well, just make sure you have ample time.

Visited August 2011
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