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“Excellent vista over the Old Faithful area”

Observation Point Trail
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Owner description: The perfect spot to view Old Faithful from a distance.
Pilsen, Czech Republic
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“Excellent vista over the Old Faithful area”
Reviewed April 30, 2012

This hike is just for one hour - you have to climb a way up but it's well wort the view.

Visited May 2011
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Vermilion, Ohio
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“Worth the short climb”
Reviewed July 14, 2009

When you visit Old Faithful in July you have to be prepared for the masses. We could barely find a place to sit to observe the eruption and the inn was shoulder to shoulder through the lobby and gift shops. Not so when you climb to observation point. There were less than 20 people at solitary geyser and waiting for Old Faithful's eruption. It's a short steep climb that gives some gorgeous perspective on Old Faithful and the surrounding area.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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“Good view of Old Faithful”
Reviewed June 27, 2008

If you have seen Old Faithful once, and want to see it again the Observation Point is a good place to get another perspective. From Old Faithful you walk down over the river, where the start of the trail is. It is about half a mile, and all up hill.

The day we went we saw back to back Old Faithful eruptions. We watched the first from the viewing platform, along with the many, many other people crowded around. Then we walked around the boardwalk trail on Geyser Hill. That loops back around to the start of the trail for the Observation Point. By the time we made it to the top we only had to wait a few minutes for the next eruption.

At the top there are plenty of logs to sit on as you wait. I was surprised that there were so few people up there, considering what a good view of Old Faithful and the Geyser Basin it is. So it is a good place to go if you want to leave the crowds.

After seeing Old Faithful go off, we took the other route back down the hill, which is slightly longer but is a bit more level. This takes you past Solitary Geyser, which is a nice large thermal pool that occasionally bubbles. This part of the trail ends back to Geyser Hill.

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“View the basin from above”
Reviewed October 24, 2003

Observation Point is a great option to utilize when one wants to view the Old Faithful geyser and geyser basin from a bird's eye view. Not only will you escape the majority of the 1000's of people down below gathered on the boardwalks, you'll get some great exercise. It's perhaps a .75 miles (1.5 round trip) from the Old Faithful Lodge to the top or about a 15-20 minute walk at a good clip. Elevation gain exceeds 500' I believe, but I could be mistaken...it's fairly steep, though.
There are a few bouldering options on the way up, and while it's not illegal here, it's not recommended by the rangers. There are two routes up to the top, via from the north or south, both starting on the boardwalks surrounding Old Faithful geyser. I highly recommend this route if you are in the upper geyser basin area.

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