Old Faithful Geyser Loop Trail

MODERATE 49 reviews
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Old Faithful Geyser Loop Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
6 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

no dogs

Directions from Old Faithful Geyser: Travel to the Firehole River footbridge.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on a perfect overcast day and there was not too many people for Yellowstone. Was even able to get parking in mid day.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty much a must do if visiting Yellowstone for the first time to sightsee, but wouldn’t consider this a traditional hike by trail. Expect A LOT of people. Not sure why this is rated moderate. Maybe the smell? Pretty much just a walk on the boardwalk the park created for people wanting to see geysers.

walking
3 months ago

Did this one around 5 years ago when I was 11 years old, great way to see the hot springs up close, there were bones visible in one of them from where a bison fell in and died. Old faithful was fun to watch and there’s a clock that counts down till the next eruption, about and hour and 15 between each one. Obviously this is a big tourist attraction so expect crowds.

hiking
3 months ago

So heavily trafficked, it is more of a walk then a hike. Did a few years back with a Venture Crew.

hiking
4 months ago

Heavily trafficked, but well worth the hike. Stunning views and sights.

walking
4 months ago

Wonderful geysers but crowded though

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail. Great view of the Geysers.

walking
5 months ago

Great boardwalk trail to view multiple geyers and hot pools.

5 months ago

Went in July 2016.

hiking
6 months ago

Took the boardwalk around the entire Upper Geyser Basin. There were a lot of geysers and springs along the trail. We spent hours on this boardwalk. I recommend purchasing the Science book for kids from the Visitor Center. I comes with a backpack that you check out with thermometers and tools to use on your hike.

6 months ago

If you have kids 5+ years can pair this hike with a scientist patch earned from the visitor center. Was cool as part of the scientist activity you had an infrared thermometer and educational materials that made the hike so much fun. Add on a coyote visit during the hike and it was phenomenal.

hiking
7 months ago

Easy walk if it's not too hot out. You get to see lots of different smaller geysers and things all pretty close together. So much to look at but if you're not fascinated by this type of thing like I am, staying by old faithful and skipping the loop may be sufficient

7 months ago

Awesome!

hiking
8 months ago

Just cool.

8 months ago

A good set of geysers. Make sure to be around when old faithful goes off. You may also get lucky and see some of the other geysers go off.

hiking
9 months ago

Great view of valley

hiking
Friday, September 02, 2016

It's a bit of an incline, but totally worth it! As you start the climb your trail will be shaded by pine trees. Try to time it to watch Old Faithful erupt while you're at the observation area.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Best hammock spot in the park! Minimal effort for maximum reward.

Saturday, March 05, 2016

definitely strenuous up to the point, but easy over to Solitary geyser, and down to the Lion Group. It is worth the climb to the top, especially if Old Faithful is ready to erupt

hiking
Saturday, October 31, 2015

Worth the moderate hike to see the basin from this vantage. Definitely time it to see Old Faithful erupt and visit Solitary Geyser while up there

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