Point Sublime Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Point Sublime Trail is a 2.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking.

Distance: 2.7 miles Elevation Gain: 341 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

forest

river

views

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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4 months ago

when we did it we couldn’t really find point sublime, as it was super snowy and the trail got a little lost. but it was super cool being away from all the crowds at artist’s point.

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7 months ago

Someone carved “Point Sublime not worth the the time” into a trail sign. The point itself is rather disappointing but the hike to get there is epic. This is one of my favorite hikes ever. Did it in early October and it was snowing, which added to the magic. I would rate this Moderate, not Easy, because there is decent elevation gain and the trail is somewhat technical. My GPS logged this at 3.3 miles round-trip, not 2.7 as stated here. Definitely recommend!

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7 months ago

If walking along a slick path one misstep away from an untimely death gives you pause, then I recommend staying by the guardrails near the parking lot. If that doesn’t bother you, then you’ll love this trail for the incredible views. No skill required; just bring good shoes and have the mental/physical ability to be safe. It’s amazing how much better Yellowstone is even a quarter mile away from the tour groups.

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8 months ago

Views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and Yellowstone River are breathtaking, but watch your step around exposed areas of the trail with drop offs over a 1000’ feet. For a full account of the hike along with pictures cut and paste the address below. https://nationalparkshikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/point-sublime-trail/ Roger Jenkins Pursuing Balance Through Adventure

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8 months ago

It you want to get away from the crowds this trail fits the bill.

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10 months ago

Easy hike with great views. Get there early!

11 months ago

great trail for views of falls and canyon. not to crowded , early June.

hiking
Wed May 29 2019

We did just part of this trail after parking in the Artist Point lot. Easy hike with amazing views of the canyon. It was our teenage boys' favorite part of the park - very Instagram-able shots ;) .

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bugs
Tue May 14 2019

Bears every where!! Very dangerous!

Sat Aug 04 2018

Amazing scenery. So many of the waterfall trails are closed off right now that we did that one- not to be missed! We came back and took the hike to clear lake which is nice and you get to see some geothermal areas and clear lake is lovely. We backtracked back to Artists point since Uncle Tom’s is still under construction- Parking lot was jammed but doable with many people only staying 15 minutes to catch the view.

Thu Jul 12 2018

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...

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Wed Jul 04 2018

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.

Fri Jun 22 2018

Great trail to see the south rim canyon without dealing with the larger crowds

Mon Aug 28 2017

Amazing views of the Canyon and the river

Sun Aug 27 2017

Best trail for views of the canyon the colors and the falls are a real treat. The end of the trail a sublime point doesn't have a great view but the rest of the trail is fantastic.

Sat Aug 19 2017

Nice trail good get away from the crowds

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Thu Oct 20 2016

This is the best portion of the South Rim trail. Fewer people on this trail comparing with the rest of the South Rim. Most people can finish in one hour.

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