Observation Peak

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain1,562ft
Trailhead Elevation8,079ft
Elevation Min/Max8003/9406ft
Elevation Start/End8079/8084ft

Observation Peak

Observation Peak is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 8,079 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,562 feet. The trail ends near Observation Peak (elevation 9,377 feet). This trail connects with the following: 4p1, Cascade Lake, Howard Eaton-Cascade Lake-Norris and 4e3.

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"This is a moderate day hike or overnighter with a great view of the Canyon area. The trail into Cascade Lake is flat and easy, but that abruptly changes when you turn right (north) just before the lake and head for Observation Peak. From here it’s a steady, Category 2 climb to the summit. From the top you get a wonderful view of the Central Plateau area and the Hayden Valley. The trail to the summit isn’t in as good of shape as the first 2 miles into Cascade Lake, but it’s still well defi ned and easy to follow—and not as steep as it looks on the map. It gets a little rocky in places as you switchback through mostly burned forest to the summit. You don’t get much of a view on the way up, but on top you can see it all." Read more

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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Trails Illustrated Tower/Canyon; USGS Mammoth Hot Springs and Crystal Falls, Cook Peak, Canyon Village, and Mount Washburn
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Dec 2018