Storm Point is a hike for everyone at Yellowstone National Park. The trail is a loop that is almost perfectly flat. It runs for about 1.8 miles, much of which is along the shore of Yellowstone Lake. Best of all, there are many opportunities to see wildlife.
The trailhead to Storm Point lies just a few miles east of Fishing Bridge. There is a sign at the trailhead which reads “Storm Point Natural Trail,” but this is clearly a hike. The trail goes around a small pond, and we’ve seen ducks, killdeer, and even an otter in the shallow water. Further on, the trail runs into Yellowstone Lake. It follows the shore for quite aways before turning into the woods. The lake is beautiful and pelicans and otters can be seen at the right time of day.
After winding in and out of the trees, the trail finally opens up and there is a marmot colony built in the rocks. We’ve seen marmots scurrying around every time we’ve hiked this trail, and sometimes there are dozens of them. The colony also marks Storm Point because you are on a point out into Yellowstone Lake. After a short climb, the trail follows the shoreline as it turns sharply to the right. Eventually, it turns back into the trees and loops around to the start.
The trees aren’t so thick that you can’t see any wildlife, though. In fact, it is fairly open and very beautiful. On our most recent hike we saw three deer, two snowshoe hares, and a baby elk lying amongst the trees. Of course, this was just about dusk, which, along with early morning, is always the best time to hike.
Storm Point trail is an easy hike for any family. It is fairly short, mostly flat, and you are almost guaranteed to see some wildlife. This is a great beginner trail in Yellowstone.