Hiking the Storm Point Trail
Mount Washburn Trail, Yellowstone National Park
Hike #1, Storm Point Trail
Storm Point/Indian Pond Trailhead
Southeast Section - Moderate to Heavy Traffic
Yellowstone National Park

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Location: Southeast Section (See map to the right)
Difficulty: Easy - Out and back, or loop
Distance: 2.1 mi/3.3 km as a loop
Elevation Gain: Very flat

Backcountry Camping: No
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Trail Maps: Beartooth Publishing - Yellowstone National Park

Finding the Trailhead (Storm Point/Indian Pond)
From Fishing Bridge:
Drive approximately 2.5 miles east on the East Entrance Road heading toward Cody, Wyoming. The trailhead will be on the right if you're heading east. Get Directions from Fishing Bridge





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Trail Details
Trail Condition: Excellent
Difficulty: Easy
Total Mileage: 2.1 mi /3.3 km as a loop
Type of Hike: Out and back, or loop
Wow Factor: A peaceful spot on Yellowstone Lake
Elevation Gain: Flat

Nearest Facilities: Fishing Bridge
4.8 miles east of Fishing Bridge - Get Directions
6.6 miles east of Bay Bridge - Get Directions
Trailhead Coordinates
Latitude: 44.559741
Longitude: -110.326461

Storm Point Coordinates
Latitude: 44.547846
Longitude: -110.333354

Approx. Elevations
Trailhead Elevation = 7,750 ft.
Storm Point = 7,750 ft.
Elevation Gain = Flat
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Storm Point Trail Description (Trailhead Storm Point/Indian Pond) - Moderate to Heavy Traffic

“Always be like water. Float in the times of pain or dance like waves along the wind which touches its surface.”
― Santosh Kalwar


From the trailhead you'll begin walking through a beautiful open meadow alongside a relatively small body of water known as Indian Pond. At .25 miles you'll reach a trail junction that can be followed in either direction to make a loop to Storm Point. For this particular hike we continued in a clockwise direction along the trail directly toward Storm Point. At 0.4 miles you'll reach the lakeshore where the trail continues east, crossing a small bridge before entering a densely forested section along the lake. For the next 0.3 miles the trail hugs the eastern edge of Mary Bay through this heavily wooded area of pines before reaching Storm Point.

As you exit the woods the trail crosses an open, grassy section that leads directly to Storm Point. As you walk through this gently rolling terrain you'll probably hear the nervous whistles and chirps of the marmot colony that occupies the small rocky outcrop near the point. They tend to pop their heads up as you sit beside the lake taking in the view, and it can be very comical as they stare at you from the safety of their craggy hiding places.

Depending on how you chose to reach Storm Point you can head back to the trailhead in either direction. If you continue traveling in a clockwise loop the trail will skirt the sandy shoreline of Yellowstone Lake before entering the densely wooded treeline once again. After leaving the woods the trail reaches the western edge of the meadow and rejoins the main trail near Indian Pond where it's a short walk back to the car.

NOTE: During the summer Park Rangers lead guided tours beginning at 10am each morning, weather permitting. For more information on these tours stop in at the Fishing Bridge Visitor Center.



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Nearby Campgrounds
Fishing Bridge RV Campground - Hardsided Campers Only - May 9th - Sept. 21st - Fishing Bridge RV Campground is located approximately 2 miles west of the Storm Point/Indian Pond Trailhead and has 325 RV sites and full amenities. RV sites are $47.75 per night. Reservations are accepted. Click here to make online reservations or call: 1-866-439-7375. Generators are permitted from 8am - 8pm. A gas station, lodging, general store, restaurants, laundry, dump station, and visitor center are located nearby. Get directions from the Storm Point/Indian Pond Trailhead to the Fishing Bridge Campground.

Bridge Bay Campground - May 23rd - Sept. 1st - Bridge Bay Campground is located approximately 6.6 miles west of the Storm Point/Indian Pond Trailhead and has 432 sites. Campsites are $21.50 per night. Reservations are accepted. Click here to make online reservations or call: 1-866-439-7375. Generators are permitted from 8am - 8pm. A gas station, lodging, general store, restaurants, laundry, dump station, and visitor center are located at Fishing Bridge - Get directions from the Storm Point/Indian Pond Trailhead to the Bridge Bay Campground.

Post Hike Meals
There is a restaurant, general store, visitor center and gift shop located in Fishing Bridge with additional facilities at Lake Lodge/ Lake Village.

Directions to the Storm Point Trailhead
Beartooth Publishing Outdoor Recreational Maps
The following map from Beartooth Publishing covers all of the hiking trails located in Yellowstone National Park. For more information about these maps click here.






Directions to the Storm Point Trailhead

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from Fishing Bridge to the
Storm Point/Indian Pond Trailhead.



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