Storm Point Loop
The Storm Point Loop is a popular hiking circuit in the heart of Yellowstone National Park. This trail is family-friendly and appropriate for hikers of all ages and abilities. With lovely views and a variety of terrain, this route has something for everyone.
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Route Description for Storm Point Loop
The Storm Point Trail is a gorgeous hike in Yellowstone National Park. This route is very popular, especially in the summer, so be prepared for lots of kids and tourists sharing the trail. Despite the high traffic, this route is commonplace to see wildlife, including elk and deer. As with any hike in Yellowstone National Park, be sure that everyone in your hiking party is familiar with bear safety protocols. At least one member of your group should carry bear spray and know how to use it properly. If you do encounter wild animals, do not approach or feed them and be sure to admire them from a safe distance.
The Storm Point Loop is such a wonderful route, largely because of its changing scenery. In just 4.0 km, you will pass through meadows of wildflowers, lush forest, and along the beachy shore of Yellowstone Lake. With incredible, panoramic views of Yellowstone Lake and beachy vibes, Storm Point is the perfect place for a family picnic and a great spot to kick back and relax with loved ones (or a good book).
Beginning at the Storm Point Trailhead, follow the path south past Indian Pond to a divide. This divide marks the beginning and end of the Storm Point Loop. Take the trail on the left to hike the loop clockwise along the shoreline of Yellowstone Lake then back up through the forest to the end of the circuit. Once you find yourself back in familiar territory, simply retrace your steps back to the trailhead where you began.
If you are looking for a longer, more adventurous route in the area, check out the Pelican Valley Trail across the road.
Spanning over 132 square miles, Yellowstone Lake is the largest body of water in Yellowstone National Park. This lake is home to river otters and beavers and is an essential habitat for a wide variety of bird and amphibian life. Yellowstone Lake boasts the largest population of wild cutthroat trout in North America in terms of fish life. Unfortunately, the Cutthroat Trout population is threatened by the proliferation of invasive Lake Trout. Fishing is permitted in Yellowstone Lake during the summer season, though all cutthroat trout must be released, and any lake trout caught by anglers must be killed.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Storm Point Hike?
The Storm Point Hiking Loop is 4.0 km round-trip.
Can you swim in Yellowstone Lake?
Swimming in Yellowstone Lake is not recommended or encouraged as the water is dangerously cold.
Insider Hints for Storm Point Loop
- Bring a beach towel or a blanket and enjoy a picnic lunch at Storm Point
- Keep an eye out for yellow-bellied marmots near Storm Point, a large population of these critters live in the area
Getting to the Storm Point Loop Trailhead
This hike begins at the Storm Point Trailhead on the southside of East Entrance Road, just east of the Fishing Bridge Visitors Center.
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