Observation Point Trail - Hike near Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park
Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA,Old Faithful,Wyoming
44.45954386412096, -110.82783112490648
Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190, USA
GPS: 44°27'34.4"N 110°49'40.2"W
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State: Wyoming

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Observation Point Trail is an just over 2 mile loop that passes several geysers along the way to Solitary Geyser. Observation Point Trail provides up close views of several geysers as well as a spectacular view of Old Faithful herself.

This trail, despite beginning in a very popular area of Yellowstone, has very little foot traffic. Because of this, Observation Point Trail is the ideal way to visit Old Faithful. Hikers on this trail will be able to see a sweeping view of Old Faithful from above while avoiding the crowds that typically gather for this popular geyser. The trail ends with a view Solitary Geyser and the Upper Geyser Basin. 

The trailhead can be found to the right on the boardwalk of Old Yellowstone across the Firehole River Bridge. This trail is open year round. Because of thermal activity it is imperative that hikers stay on the established paths and boardwalks. 

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  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
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From Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park

  1. Head east on Old Faithful Rd (0.5 mi)
  2. Continue straight onto Old Faithful Lodge Rd (161 ft)
  3. Turn left (381 ft)
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Old Faithful From Observation Point courtesy of Jacob W. Frank Old Faithful From Observation Point courtesy of Jacob W. Frank↗
Old Faithful Observation Point by pjapuy Old Faithful Geyser Erupts from Observation Point  by go2winfo
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Trails

Distance ?

1.5 miles

Real Ascent ?

223 feet

Real Descent ?

255 feet

Grade (-18° to 15°)

-33% to 27%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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