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Hiking to Storm Point in Yellowstone National Park

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Driving directions, trail info, and more can be found at the bottom of the post.

While I have strolled along this lovely trail several times, Heather never had. So, after we checked into our cabin at Lake Lodge, we went for an evening walk.

Storm Point trail is really lovely. There are meadows of wildflowers, a beach with tiny sulfur vents, bright purple rocks, lakeshores that look like Scotland, forests, and mushrooms.

The trail passes Indian Pond at the start (and end) of the trail. Indian Pond is so named because it was a historic campsite for Native Americans. I’ve never attended, but the Park Service leads interpretive hikes along this trail discussing the cultural and natural history of the area. One of these days the timing will work out for us to join one of the interpretive walks.

Heather and I played on the beach, balancing on driftwood logs and tracking sulfur vents. We checked out some of the many mushrooms that seem to have invaded Yellowstone this summer. We sifted through the purple, orange, and striped rocks that litter one particular beach. And we caught each other up on what’s going on in our lives. These easy trails are just right for that.

The wet, muddy trail to Storm Point.

Heather reaches the beach.

Beach pebbles.

Summer snowshoe hare.

It’s like hiking in Scotland (or so I imagine).

Purple rocks.

Looking at rocks on the shore of Yellowstone Lake.

Tiny mushrooms.

It’s springtime in August in Yellowstone.

Asters with hot springs.

Plan Your Own Trip

What: A short walk to Storm Point. The trail is a 2.3 mile lollipop route, but the “stick” part of the lollipop is short.
Why: Get close to Yellowstone Lake, stroll through several different ecosystems.
Where: Drive 3.1 miles east of Fishing Bridge Junction. Look for the small parking area on the right and the sign for Indian Pond.
Who: Anyone who can walk 2.3 miles–it’s flat and easy.

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My go-to, favorite hiking book for Yellowstone is Bill Schneider’s Hiking Yellowstone National Park.

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