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Backpacker Magazine – January/February 2010

Readers' Choice Mountain West: Mr. Bubbles, Yellowstone NP

Relax in an effervescent bath far from the dayhiking crowds.

by: Mountain West Reader Map Team

Mr. Bubbles Yellowstone NP (Scott Bischke)
Mr. Bubbles Yellowstone NP (Scott Bischke)

READERS CHOICE 2010
See which other trips made it into our annual awards.

Santa Maria Spring, Grand Canyon NP | Mr. Bubbles, Yellowstone NP | West Maroon Pass, CO | Mills Lake, Rocky Mountain NP | The Colorado Trail | Gunsight Pass, Glacier NP

Countless hot springs gurgle up from within the Rockies, but Mr. Bubbles tops our team’s list. From the Bechler Ranger Station, hike 13.5 miles north, passing several waterfalls and views of the Tetons, to the Ferris Fork campsite (9D1). Sleep here, then follow signs north of the site to Mr. Bubbles, a quarter-mile away. Here, 110°F water burbles up from beneath the Ferris Fork to warm a pool 15 feet across and four feet deep. Permit required.


PLAN IT
Driving From Ashton, Idaho, follow Cave Falls Rd. 26 miles to its end at the Bechler Ranger Station.

Map and guide Trails Illustrated Yellowstone National Park ($10; natgeomaps.com); Hiking Yellowstone National Park, by Bill Schneider ($16, falcon.com)

Contact (307) 344-2160, nps.gov/yell




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Hardin
Sep 06, 2011

Just to reiterate, the picture above is NOT Mr. Bubbles. May even be a little dangerous to list it as such since the feature above is dangerously (life threateningly) hot. Mr. Bubbles is a couple hundred yards past the pictured feature.

Yellowstone National Park
Apr 13, 2010

Mr. Bubbles is a hot spring located halfway through the Bechler River Trail in the southwest corner of Yellowstone National Park. It can be reached either by hiking from Old Faithful or from the Bechler Ranger Station.

Kent
Feb 07, 2010

In September 2009 there were no signs to lead you to Mr Bubbles. The spur trail is unmarked as is the feature itself. Be careful testing which one is Mr Bubbles. It is NOT the one pictured. That thermal feature will burn you severely. Remember it is unlawful to enter water of entirely thermal origin in the park. Mr Bubbles is a mix of cold river water and thermal water.

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