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Canary Spring Overlook

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0.1 mile 0.2 kilometer point to point
96% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2' 1 m
Descent: -10' -3 m
High: 6,568' 2,002 m
Low: 6,559' 1,999 m

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Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by Tom Carter

A short spur trail that drops from the Upper Terrace Drive to view spectacular Canary Spring.

Tom Carter

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This short spur trail drops from the Upper Terrace Drive to view spectacular Canary Spring. So named for its bright yellow color, Canary owes its brilliance to sulfur-dependent filamentous bacteria. The colors blend here in delicate tints on the creamy rock face.

The Mammoth Terraces are constantly changing as new springs show up and others become inactive. Canary, like other springs in the area, enjoys active phases (like now) and periodically goes dormant. Years of observation of the hot spring activity at Mammoth indicate that while change is ongoing and sometimes takes place literally overnight, the overall level of activity and water discharge has remained relatively constant throughout the decades. Here, as in few other places on earth, geological activity can be appreciated on a human time scale.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Mammoth Hot Spring.
Sep 19, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY
Canary Springs in Mammoth Hot Springs.
Mar 13, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY
Mammoth Hot Springs
Apr 19, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY
Along the boardwalk.
Apr 18, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY
Algal mats at Mammoth Hot Springs.
Apr 18, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY
On the boardwalk.
Apr 18, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY

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