Old Faithful is a skier’s paradise with trails that glide along hot springs, geysers, and wildlife. A number of trails are machine groomed and ideal for beginners. Near the Snow Lodge there are a few practice loops that follow summer roads. In addition to the Upper Geyser Basin Trail, the ski shop to morning glory is groomed (but often has bare patches due to thermal heat). For more info on specifc Old Faithful ski trails see map and trail descriptions below or download a printable brochure and map on Old Faithful Area Trails.
6.8 miles (10.9 km) round trip with ski drop or 8.5 miles (13.7 km) round trip from Old Faithful Snow Lodge, machine-groomed part of the way. (7360′-7600′, 240 feet elevation gain/loss)
Beginning at the snow vehicle road above Kepler Cascades, the trail follows a service road through the forest and along the Firehole River to Lone Star Geyser. Lone Star Geyser erupts about every 3 hours with activity lasting approximately 20 minutes. Choose the snow vehicle road all of the way back to the lodge for easiest return. Choose Kepler Cascades trail on return trip for a more difficult trail with hills. For a most difficult return route, take the Howard Eaton Trail.
10 miles (16.1 km) with ski drop, round trip, easiest to more difficult, skier-tracked (160 feet elevation gain/loss)
Ski 1.3 miles (2.1 km) on the Fountain Flats Drive, then turn left on the Fairy Falls Trail. Most of the Fairy Falls Trail is level, but there are hills and bends in the trail near the falls. Return via the same route, then take the Powerline Trail or the snow vehicle road to Old Faithful. To reach the more difficult Powerline Trail, ski about 0.25 miles (0.4 km) south (right) along the snow vehicle road to the Mallard Creek trailhead on the left. Follow the Mallard Creek Trail and turn right at the first junction onto the Powerline Trail, which has rolling hills. The Powerline Trail leads to the Upper Geyser Basin Trail and Morning Glory Pool. Where the trail crosses near thermal areas, you may need to remove your skis due to lack of snow.
3.6 miles (5.8 km) one way, more difficult, skier-tracked (7360′-8120′, 760 feet elevation gain/loss)
Beginning near Snow Lodge, the trail follows Mallard Lake/ Kepler Cascades Trail across the Firehole River bridge. At the trail junction, the trail goes left through the forest and climbs to Mallard Lake, with some steep sections and sidehills. Beware of avalanches. This trail is not recommended in very icy conditions. The Mallard Creek trail junction is approximately 0.2 miles (0.3 km) before the lake. Return downhill to Old Faithful the same way.
13.8 miles (22.2 km) round trip from Old Faithful, most difficult, skier-tracked (7320′-8120′, 800 feet elevation gain/loss)
This trail branches off the Mallard Lake Trail 0.2 miles (0.3 km) before the lake. From the junction, the trail climbs steeply up switchbacks to a ridge overlooking Mallard Lake and then heads northwest for approximately 4 miles (6.4 km). The trail has many challenging turns and crosses numerous deep gullies. Sections of the trail may be hard to follow and may not be well marked. Only advanced skiers should attempt this trail. The return to Old Faithful is another 4 miles (6.4 km) over gently rolling terrain along the Powerline Trail and through the Upper Geyser Basin.
1.7 miles (2.7 km) one way, more difficult, skier-tracked (7360′-7600′, 240 feet elevation gain/loss)
The trail follows the Mallard Lake/Lone Star Geyser Trail across the Firehole River bridge. At the trail junction, the trail goes to the right. In approximately 25 yards (23 m), the trail goes left and uphill through a narrow gap in the trees. Once you see the main snow vehicle road, you have the option of skiing facing traffic on the road. The road has more gradual uphill sections, while the trail has steep hills. The trail ends at the main snow vehicle road. To view the cascades, cross the road to the large pullout. Go past Kepler Cascades pullout to find the beginning of the Lone Star Trail.
8.3 miles (13.4 km) returning via Kepler Trail, most difficult, skier-tracked. Snowcoach drop at Divide Trailhead (7360′-8100′, 740 feet elevation gain/loss)
The trail starts with a short uphill climb. At the junction, turn right and go down a steep narrow trail through dense forest. Excellent speed control and turning skills are required.
6.6 miles (10.6 km) returning via Kepler Trail, more difficult, Snowcoach drop at the Spring Creek Picnic Area.
The trail traverses rolling hills, level terrain, forests, canyons, and many small bridges over Spring Creek. There are additional areas where you may need to sidestep up and also sidestep down a steep hill. Please do not take your skis off as it creates a hazard for other skiers. The trail ends at the Lone Star Geyser Trail. Turn right to return to Old Faithful via the snow vehicle road or Kepler Cascades Trail. Turn left to reach Lone Star Geyser. The Howard Eaton Trail starts immediately beyond Lone Star Geyser.
3.5 miles (5.6 km) one way to Lone Star Geyser, most difficult, skier-tracked (7360′-8100′, 520 feet elevation gain/loss)
Attempt this steep trail only if you have excellent speed control and turning skills. Most of the trail is through a narrow gap in a dense forest and can be very dangerous. The trail starts at the Bear Den Ski Shop exit and angles towards the Snow Lodge cabin area. Then the trail passes through trees and crosses small bridges to reach the main snow vehicle road. Cross the snow vehicle road and go left at the Howard Eaton Trail sign. The trail climbs steeply for about 1.5 miles (2.4 km), then descends to Lone Star Geyser. Please yield to downhill skiers. Where the trail crosses near thermal areas, you may need to remove your skis due to lack of snow.
2.5 miles (4.0 km) round trip from Spring Creek Trail Junction, more difficult, skier-tracked (8044′-8590′, 546 elevation gain/loss)
The trail climbs up to a saddle on the Continental Divide. On a clear day, you may have views of Shoshone Lake and Mt. Sheridan. Return to Old Faithful via the Spring Creek Trail.