For the full low-down on this 30.3 mile hike, see the “Hiking Yellowstone National Park” guidebook writeup, (Here’s a link to the pertinent section:https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxr4rGMp3SQUcjlfMVhseE45UDg/edit?usp=sharing).
I’ve also prepared a fairly detailed itinerary and day-by-day maps of the ground we’ll be covering, link here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0Bxr4rGMp3SQUZF8xWTlQUTdZQms/edit?usp=sharing.
You can also do a web/image search for Bechler, Lone Star Geyser, Mr. Bubbles, or use your creativity and search savvy to come up with blogs and other accounts of people who have done the hike.
Here's my two cents' worth:
This is the most fabulously awesome backpacking adventure I’ve ever been on. (OK, rivaled only by this year's Glacier trip!) There is no exceedingly tough hiking anywhere along the 30-mile trail, but it is LONG (5 days of hiking plus 1 night of car camping at the outset, with a long car shuttle to arrange cars at the beginning and end of the trail), and there are several somewhat intense river fords along the way, so be sure to bring your water shoes.
The payoffs on this hike are breathtaking scenery including many, many waterfalls along the route (they don’t call the Bechler area Cascade Corner for nothing!), the coolest legal hot spring soaking in Yellowstone (ask a park ranger; they’ll agree!), and the incredible sense of camaraderie and accomplishment gained through five days on the trail through—in my opinion—Yellowstone at its finest.
We got excellent site reservations by submitting our reservation request back in January, at the absolute PRIMO time of year to do this hike, early-mid September, when the mosquitoes are gone and it’s not too hot, the infamous Yellowstone Muck has dried up, the river crossings are easier than earlier in the season, and there’s little danger of encountering storms or snow.
We selected sites that allow up to twelve hikers, to maximize the number of Adventures who could enjoy this hike. We STRONGLY suggest “buddying up” on tents—if you’re not coming as a couple, coordinate with another participant to share a 2 or 3-person tent. It will make your pack lighter, and, more importantly, it will make the campsites less overcrowded with tents.
If you have any questions about how to prepare for this hike (what to bring, etc.), I will be happy to give you some tips; just message me through my meetup profile.
Happy trails! Katy