Hiking Project Logo

greenBlue Observation Point Spur

Trail

0.6 mile 1.0 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 15' 5 m
Descent: -105' -32 m
High: 7,476' 2,279 m
Low: 7,372' 2,247 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)

Dogs

No Dogs
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Tom Carter

This spur trail leads to the interesting Solitary Geyser.

Tom Carter

Features Views

Geyser basin boardwalks and trails protect you and preserve delicate formations. You must stay on boardwalks and designated trails. Scalding water underlies most of the thin, breakable crust. Pools may be near or above the boiling temperature and can cause severe, possibly even fatal, burns.

Description

The Observation Point Spur begins near the top of the Observation Point Trail. It can be combined with a hike up to Observation Point and the Geyser Hill Trail to make it a nice loop route.

From the trailhead the trail travels 0.3 miles to Solitary Geyser. It has an interesting history. Prior to 1915, it was an infrequently visited hot spring. That year, water from the spring began being piped down to fill a commercial swimming pool. As the water level lowered, the water pressure dropped. This, in turn, caused the superheated water below to flash into steam and the spring was transformed into a geyser. Today it continues to erupt to a height of six feet every four to eight minutes.

From Solitary Geyser the trail makes a sharp left turn and continues another 0.3 miles, dropping more than 100 feet, until it reaches a junction with the Geyser Hill Trail near Aurum Geyser.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

Hiked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Need to Know, Flora & Fauna

Is something wrong? Let us know. Have photos to share? Help fellow hikers know what's here.

Contacts

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  3.0 from 1 vote

#26

in Old Faithful

#24103

Overall
  3.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
0%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
100%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#26

in Old Faithful

#441

in Wyoming

#24,103

Overall
2 Views Last Month
80 Since Sep 10, 2015
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate

0%
100%
0%
0%
0%
0%

0 Comments

Hiking Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Hiking