Observation Point Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, WY
Length: 1.50 mi.
Type: Out & Back

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Observation Point Trail is a 1.5-mile hike up to Observation Peak. Here, you’ll find a wide view of the Upper Geyser Basin and you can watch Old Faithful erupt from a different vantage point. It’s a little over a half-mile hike up to the top that passes through meadows and traverses a few switchbacks before climbing up 160 feet in elevation to the top. With few spectators, Observation Peak is a quiet place, so you can appreciate all the simultaneous eruptions going on below. This includes Old Faithful as well as the other lesser-known, but just as magnificent geysers nearby. Because Old Faithful consistently erupts every 60-110 minutes, if you head up right after an eruption, there’s just enough time to make it up before the next eruption occurs. You can either hike back the way you came or take a .3-mile detour to Solitary Geyser and make a loop before heading back down.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall and Summer
Surface type Dirt
Elevation gain 262 ft.
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception None
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby Yes
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Camping Nearby, Junior Ranger Program, Ranger Led Hikes, Shaded Hike, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

You’ll pay the national park entrance pass. Take Old Faithful all the way around past the buildings and park in the big lot in the back. Travel west counterclockwise around Old Faithful geyser on the paved trail until you reach the trailhead.

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Vong lives in the Central Midwest and attempts adulting with her husband to raise three energetic Munchkin-sized power houses. She’s a hiking enthusiast and grammar geek.

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