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One of the few real and best hikes in Yellowstone that give you amazing views at the top!

Stunningly beautiful!

Easy boardwalk hike. Parking can be horrendous! Kids loved the trail and we loved the “new” hot springs and mud pots.

Easy hike to a great view from the brand new viewing platform. Didn’t have time to explore Fairy Falls with our 5 and 10 yo’s and their 70+ grandmother, but will in the future.

Open for swimming! Great place, plenty of safe areas for kids and fun areas for adults. Recommend bringing a life vest as the currents are strong in the deep areas. A fun activity for strong swimmers is to head up stream and float down through the canyons twists and turns.

Almost gave the trail 4 stars due to all the closures that interrupted our hike because there were no signs warning us of them til we got to the closure— but the views were so breathtaking it’s still worth 5 stars to me. This trail was the highlight of my entire Yellowstone trip, 10/10 would do again.

Great views of Old Faithful all around if you stand back some from the crowds along the edges. Make sure to get there early if you want the best spot/view

2 days ago

Not much to see on the way but the view at the end of the trail is worth it.

get there before 9 as parking lot turns into a tourist mess.. easy walk to the point but come back via clear lake - turns into a 10km walk near mud pots, beautiful lake view and views into Hayden Valley with the bison...

hiking
4 days ago

Started this hike at 8am this morning. Made it to the observation tower by 9:30am. The trail was almost entirely in the shade during this time of day—a bit chilly, but not uncomfortable. Only three small snow patches remained that touched the trail—enough for some fun pictures, but not enough to impede the trail. Steady climb and a wide trail—enough for a small car to drive on. The wildflowers were abundant, particularly toward the bottom of the trail.

We saw marmots, a dusky grouse, and some goats off in the distance. Views are breathtaking throughout. We spent about an hour at the top enjoying the views. It only took us an hour to walk back down. Parking was easy at 8am, and only saw about 3-4other families on the way up. The trail was busier when we descended. Many families and folks of all ages making the trek. Parking was full by the time we left (around 11:30am).

A few asides: trail could definitely be rated “moderate” when there is no snow impeding (as is now). Also, there is a bathroom at the top in the observation tower.

Great hike! There's a steady incline all the way up. The trail itself is an old gravel road, so it's very easy to follow. Awesome views from the fire lookout at the summit! There's a "visitor center" there with pit toilets and labelled sketched maps so you can distinguish different landmarks you can see from the lookout. We saw goats, marmots, and chipmunks. The wind was pretty intense at the top! Took us about 2.5hrs roundtrip at a relaxed pace and about 15min spent at the summit.

Pretty tough incline all the way up. But a spectacular view from the top. Bring some bug spray as we were swarmed all the way up and down the trail.

So crowded! Worth it though!

We walked from the back of canyon village, south on the trail east of sunbeam and walked along the rim and down to red rock point. It was a great walk and the right amount for our 9 and 7 year old. We saw a sleeping bison in canyon village car park on the way and then a bull elk in the lodge car park in the way back. The views of the waterfall and the canyon were fabulous.

Hiked this trail2 years ago. Wonderful views from the top. Be sure to bring a jacket however, as it can be cold with the wind.

Another beautiful sight at Yellowstone. Kid friendly and short enough to keep my four year old from getting tired and fussy.

Very fun and beautiful and well worth the visit. The only downside was how crowded it was. I travel with a four year old and the crowd was somewhat difficult at times to move through.
Plus side the pathway is kid friendly.

Loved the hike and the views from the summit are amazing.

This hike is mainly along a paved road and that was a big disappointment to me as I love traditional trails. I would rate it higher if that wasn’t the case. Once you get to the bridge, it becomes a dirt trail. The climb up to the bridge will get your heart rate pumping for a few minutes, but it’s worth it for the view from the top!

Great easy hike. Plenty of people on trail, so safe to go solo and not worry about wildlife (still be bear aware!) be prepared for tons of people at the top

Hiked this in a near blizzard mid-June 2018. The trail had just opened, so there was still considerable snow on the trail, particularly near the summit. The fresh snow throughout the hike added a few more inches. The views were largely obstructed by the snowy conditions, but the trail was in great shape and presented one hell of a challenge and experience. Would love to do it again in better conditions with views of the park.

This is a really easy trail meant for all skill levels. Wish it was a little longer. The view at the top is totally worth it though.

This routes much better then the easier, less strenuous/less challenging Chittenden road. We hiked up last week. Saw a Mountain goat and Fox. Great 360 central view of park at top. Definitely a must do hike.

Beautiful views of Yellowstone at the top. We saw mountain goats and marmots. I would rate this as moderate though (although I could see it being harder if there were more snow). It was also extremely windy at the top.

Great views, but not so much a trail or hike... more of a park and shoot type of experience. Really really crowded but that comes with it being very accessible. We were there on a really cold and windy day. I would love to go back in the Winter and maybe do a hike above it.

hiking
12 days ago

This trail is an excellent way to get views of the canyon and river. There's no shortage of overlooks along the way. As other reviewers have mentioned, the views at Point Sublime itself aren't great. You get much better views throughout the hike. I'd still say it's worth it to do the whole thing, but if you're pressed for time don't bother extending it to the Point.

The easy rating for this trail is accurate. There's some elevation change and a handful of steep points, but it's still overall very easy. There are lots of roots and a few logs to climb over to keep things interesting, but the trail should be easily navigable for most people. The whole thing is along the edge of the canyon, but it's not sloped so it doesn't feel risky at all.

If you have the time, I'd also recommend taking the offshoot of the trail towards Clear Lake. You pass by some very interesting thermal features and the lake is beautiful. I did this entire trail plus the offshoot to Clear Lake and back for about 5 miles total with about 600 feet of elevation climb. This portion of the trail is also easy.

Keep in mind the parking lot will be very crowded, but there's high turnover since many people just take a few photos at the point. You'll have the trail mostly to yourself. I didn't see any wildlife on the trail, though I heard plenty of birds.

I did this hike on July 1st and there was still snow crossings at 3 points on the trail. Two are in points where it's slippery but not much risk of sliding anywhere, and one is a steep slope where I'd recommend taking the higher path others have packed down, rather than trying to walk along the edge. The snow is deep but packed down, so you should be fine without snowshoes. This makes it slippery but manageable. Poles would help, but I didn't have any and was fine. Just take careful steps.

This is rated as hard, but I think it's more moderate. With the snow it's on the difficult side of moderate. The trail is uphill the whole way, but it's never particularly steep. The trail is wide and the footing is generally stable. There are lots of rocks and tripping hazards, but never anywhere where you risk sliding down. The way down is nice and fast.

It gets extremely windy at the top, to the point where I was blown to the side. Take your time and bring layers! I stopped for lunch inside the fire tower. The views at the top are completely worth the uphill, and you can enjoy the views more on the way down. I saw a small herd of goats near the top, and a marmot.

Absolutely loved this hike!! The views on the way up to the summit are surreal and the view at the top are so worth the hike! Loved this hike!

old faithful...you ol' bastard you!

Wonderful hike! The trail is a dirty track all the way up. Beautiful sites along the way, out of the trees the whole time, wildflowers line the path, and just overall a really great hike. This is a pretty popular one so be prepared to see some groups. Up pretty high so be aware of altitude and take it a little slower than you’re used to!

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