Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop

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Upper Geyser Basin and Old Faithful Observation Point Loop is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
242 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

hot springs

views

no dogs

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

1 month ago

Nic trail and at highest elevation stay near trail area it seems open in areas where you can be tempered to wander a bit but beware as thermo features are not clearly marked off so danger danger of if wander

3 months ago

We were able to go in late October. It was a wonderful hike since we were about the only ones there!!! We saw lots of bison and such interesting and magnificent scenery!

hiking
4 months ago

I guess if you are going to show some out of town folks Old Faithful and want to call it a hike, this would be the route, but not really something I’d do again unless that was the exact goal. Hiking up to observation point started to feel like I was finally hiking but then by the time I got away from the crowds of people we began to descend into them again. Views of a bunch of tourists waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, and a river bridge, and a descent view overlooking the other side of the lodge. Good if it’s your first time in the park and just want to walk around.

5 months ago

Old Faithful is way too hyped up. Its predictably is about all that’s notable. Beyond that it’s jammed with bus upon bus of tourists who leaving thinking “that was it?”. My recommendation is to get away from the main events and hike to some waterfalls - Mystic, Fairy, Osprey. They are not difficult to get to and you’ll taste more of the ruggedness and beauty of Yellowstone.

hiking
6 months ago

Unbelievable sights!

hiking
6 months ago

Very Unique geological experience

7 months ago

Too many rv

7 months ago

Went in July 2016.

8 months ago

Crowded

9 months ago

Enjoyed the walk... only failing was my own in not getting a walking guide to know more. Is there an app for information on the geyser walk?

walking
9 months ago

A Yosemite tradition. Just do it. :)

hiking
9 months ago

Great way to watch the beautiful Old Faithful erupt. Much better than experiencing the event with all the people at the base.

10 months ago

Very neat set of geysers. Morning glory pool is my favorite one.

10 months ago

Very nice trail whit a lot pools and geyser

11 months ago

Incredible. 9'ly 4 places on earth

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

If you'd like to enjoy Old Faithful's eruption, without the crowds, take the short hike to observation point.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easy trail but amazing things to see. We had it all to ourselves today.

hiking
Saturday, March 11, 2017

A great trail to show the main features of what makes Yellowstone unique. My favorite geyser is Grand Geyser, so if the prediction is close, get over there. it is SO worth it

walking
Friday, December 02, 2016

amazing!

walking
Saturday, November 05, 2016

Nice walk around the board walk for geyser observation. We did the Viewpoint trail (rated easy) for great views of the Geyser basin. The Solitary Geyser on that trail was a bit disappointing (only erupts 1metre high) but the walk was nice.

hiking
Saturday, September 03, 2016

Check with the Visitor Center for Beehive and Castle Geyser eruption predictions. We saw Beehive with a double rainbow.

walking
Friday, September 02, 2016

It's worth your time to walk this trail/boardwalk. I enjoyed the upclose look at some amazing thermal features...lots of boiling, spewing, and erupting right off the boardwalk. Lots of parking at Old Faithful Inn and trailhead is easy to find.

walking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Nice loop to see lots of geysers, a very active area. Tons of tourists in this area, but it is worth getting out on the trail to get some space!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Highly recommend doing more than just waiting for old faithful to "blow it's top" some pretty active geysers on this loop, many places to cut it short if you had enough on this very easy path

fishing
Tuesday, August 09, 2016

It's a great place to fish, hike, camp, and watch wildlife.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

beautiful place!

hiking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Could spend so much time admiring the hot springs! So beautiful and so unique! This basin has one of the most famous geysers (Old Faithful) and so many other geysers and hot springs to see! This trail is packed with so much to see! We saw a herd of buffalo hanging out off the trail as well!

walking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

Very crowded. Beautiful view of the geysers though.

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