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Biscuit Basin & Mystic Falls Trail, Old Faithful & Geyser Basins

 
Biscuit Basin, named for the biscuit-like sinter mounds that once encircled Sapphire Pool, is a small thermal area just north of Old Faithful. And while the biscuit-like formations have long been destroyed - eruptions following the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake blew them to bits - the trek to this geological extension of Upper Geyser Basin is well worth the journey. But not for its geothermal features. (There is little here that can't be seen elsewhere in the park.) Biscuit Basin is the departure point for the short hike to Mystic Falls and moderate climb to Madison Plateau. View a 70-ft waterfa... Read Morell. Take in the sweeping panorama. Venture beyond the boardwalk. Do it independently or on a ranger-led walk.
Mystic Falls, Yellowstone

Mystic Falls, Yellowstone

Alfredo De Simone

Thermophiles at Sapphire Pool

Thermophiles at Sapphire Pool

Alfredo De Simone

Jewel Geyser, Yellowstone

Jewel Geyser, Yellowstone

Alfredo De Simone

Park Ranger, Yellowstone

Park Ranger, Yellowstone

Alfredo De Simone

 
Mountain Pine Beetle
Beetle damaged Lodgepole Pine

Beetle damaged Lodgepole Pine

Ed Austin/Herb Jones courtesy National Park Service

 

The mountain pine beetle, smaller than a grain of rice, plays an important role in forest renewal. This black, hard-shelled bug attacks and kills weakened pine trees enabling the growth of saplings. So why is it considered a pest? Mountain pine beetles are killing forests not just trees. The hot, dry summers and mild winters of recent years have led to an explosion in the population of this tiny insect. There are more mountain pine beetles today than ever before! What's more, a no fire policy has undermined Mother Nature. The forests in western North America are jam-packed with mature pine trees; the favorite food of the mountain pine beetle.

 
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