As it goes in Yellowstone National Park, there are many geysers to see!
And the most famous geyser to see in Yellowstone National Park is the Old Faithful Geyser.
Seeing an Old Faithful eruption is among the best things to do in Yellowstone.
You can watch the Old Faithful erupting from above, or you can watch it from ground level.
Below will be about how to watch the Old Faithful Geyser erupting from above! This is the Old Faithful geyser overlook.
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Old Faithful Observation Point hike: Hiking around the Upper Geyser Basin to get to Old Faithful geyser overlook
In order to see the Yellowstone’s most famous geyser from above, you’ll need to hike to it!
You will start the hike to the Old Faithful Observation Point from the main Old Faithful viewing area near the Old Faithful Visitor Center.
From there, when you’re facing the geyser, you will start walking to the right to find the Observation Point Trail.
The Observation Point Trail is listed as 0.8 miles one way, with 0.5 miles of that being uphill. And then there are a few extra minutes of walking from the visitor center to the Observation Point trailhead junction.
It took me around 30 minutes to hike from the visitor center to Observation Point.
It might take you more or less depending on how fast or slow you go up the hill. I wouldn’t say that I was going slowly.
So it could be good to give yourself around 45 minutes from the visitor center just to make sure that you will make it there in time.
And, when you see a thermal area near geyser in Yellowstone… stay on the trail! Thermal areas can be HOT and dangerous.
Old Faithful in the 50s
Weather in Yellowstone can make a difference in how the Old Faithful geyser looks when you see it!
For reference, my visit to the Old Faithful was in early October around 4pm. It was in the 50s F at that time.
More below about a hike to see the Old Faithful geyser eruption from Observation Point!
Old Faithful Observation Trail: Hiking to see Old Faithful geyser eruption
There is a stretch of road along the western side of the Yellowstone Grand Loop Road that has a number of popular thermal basins.
The Old Faithful is located in one of these popular thermal basins. It is a part of the Upper Geyser Basin.
When you’re driving, you’ll be looking for the signs for Old Faithful. As the most popular spot in the park, you will see plenty of signs for it as you are driving!
Once you have made it to the Old Faithful parking lot, next you’ll want to make your way to the visitor center. It’s a big building.
A sign in front of the visitor center will tell you when the next Old Faithful eruption is.
There is the Old Faithful prediction timing on the National Park Service website. But if you’re going to Old Faithful after doing a few other easy-going things in Yellowstone, you probably won’t be able to access the website to check it since there’s minimal to no data service within the park. Only the immediately next eruption time is listed.
So in that case, you can go to the visitor center to check when the next eruption is scheduled for.
Knowing when the next eruption is can let you know how much time you have to get to Observation Point… or if you should just stay in the main viewing area at ground level!
And if you do arrive too late to hike to Observation Point, you can always stay for the following eruption too! The next eruption might be 68 to 94 minutes away. You can go back to the visitor center after the first eruption to check for the time of the next eruption.
There are plenty of other thermal features in the Old Faithful area to keep you busy until the next eruption! This area makes also for a great place to go geyser chasing! There are many other smaller geysers in the area. (Be prepared for a lot of walking! Or rent a bike!) You can pick up a walking map of the area in the visitor center. $1 donation appreciated, so bring cash!
So from the visitor center, you can then walk out to the main Old Faithful viewing area.
You’ll probably see people gathering around for the next eruption even if it’s quite a bit of time until then.
Facing the geyser, you’ll head off towards the right side of the viewing area and you’ll just keep walking until you see a trail junction with a sign. You’ll see this within a couple minutes of walking.
Then you will take the trail that veers off to the right.
👇 You will turn right here instead of continuing straight.
In another couple of minutes, you’ll cross a bridge over the Firehole River.
You’ll then want to look out for the trail sign so you can continue to hike towards Observation Point. Once you pass Firehole River, it’s a trail off to the right that starts to go up.
This is where the real hike to Observation Point begins!
Along the way as you get higher and higher, you can start to see a glimpse of the main viewing area down below!
Then, at some point you will come to a trail junction that goes in 2 directions with no signs.
Towards the top of the trail, it goes around in a loop, so no matter which direction you go, you can get to the same spot. So it doesn’t really matter which you choose.
👆 Notice Observation Point and how the trail loops around.
And then you’ve made it to Observation Point!
Actually there are 2 viewing areas along the Observation Point Trail.
If you have time, you can keep walking further to check out the other viewing area to see which you like better.
I just went with the one that was a higher viewpoint, but there were people gathered a little lower down the trail where there was a spot to see Old Faithful quite clearly too.
And then you will just wait for Old Faithful to start erupting!
And then after the geyser has stopped erupting, you can make your way back down!
You’ve made it this far, so you also might want to make a stop by the Solitary Geyser on your way down to see if you can catch that geyser erupting too!
And that’s a bit about a hike to see the most popular geyser in Yellowstone from above!
Hike to see the other most famous thermal spot in Yellowstone from above: Grand Prismatic Spring Overlook Trail
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- How to spend one day in Yellowstone
- Grand Teton to Yellowstone
- One day in Grand Teton
- Driving through Grand Teton
- Yellowstone to Craters of the Moon
HAPPY SEEING THE OLD FAITHFUL GEYSER FROM OBSERVATION POINT!
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