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Lone Star Geyser Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features hot springs and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 121 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

forest

hot springs

river

no dogs

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

hiking
2 days ago

We got lucky and arrived at the Lone Star geyser right before it went off. The eruption was impressive, perhaps even more so than Old Faithful. If you miss the eruption, the geyser base (an eight foot column of travertine) is still neat to see. The trail itself is a dilapidated asphalt road than wends past a creek.

hiking
7 days ago

Very easy. Trail was paved for the trail head to the geyser. We were lucky and the first was going off when we got there. It was incredible. Do this hike!

7 days ago

(Summer 2018) If I recall correctly this trial was paved for most of the way which made it quite easy. The mileage wasn't bad to have a geyser like this almost to yourself. Check the schedule for the "eruption" so you can time it right. I think it went off once for just a few minutes as a teaser and then a little bit later for like 30 minutes straight. It's such a strange formation poking up out of the ground like that. Got a great video out of it.

hiking
1 month ago

Anyone who says this hike isnt worth it must be confused about what you go to Yellowstone for. Ignore them. Their feet probably hurt because 5 miles is too much.

hiking
1 month ago

The hike itself isn’t that great. We also planned poorly and didn’t arrive close to a time the geyser was meant to erupt. Not really worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy walk on what's essentially a road. Pleasant views of the river the whole way. Intermittent moderate snow drifts.

hiking
9 months ago

The trail itself is meh, decent views and quite flat. It’s an old road so it’s paved most of the way. I wouldn’t bother doing this hike if it wasn’t for the geyser. According to the logbook, we arrived about 10 minutes after the eruption, which happens every 2-3 hours. If your time in the park is limited there are much better hikes.

hiking
9 months ago

Used this trail to get to the North shore of Shoshone lake and geyser basin. The trail to lone star is very easy going, mostly paved, and lone star is an excellent alternative to the overly crowded old faithful. The real gem is the geyser basin though, and if you can manage the 20 miles for an out and back, I recommend it. It's an easy hike with not much elevation change and a well maintained trail, and the lake view and geyser basin are beautiful and secluded.

mountain biking
10 months ago

Haven't been to this Geyser for almost 60 years and when you were allowed to drive to the geyser. At least that is the memory that I have. Fun to see a part of the park that from my youth.

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike out which can also be biked. Geyser goes off every 3 hours. One of the bicyclists told me there was about 30 minutes until it went off again so I picked up my pace and made it in time. The geyser put off an impressive amount of water and steam and the crowd was much smaller than at Old Faithful.

hiking
10 months ago

If you want to have a great geyser experience all to yourself this the walk to do. Easy, flat and partially shady even a midday mostly along a pretty river. Be aware that they geyser does a "pre-show" - nice but not that exciting. But wait around another 10 or 15 minutes and you will get a spectacular show that lasts for maybe 10 minutes. Unfortunately, the rangers don't have a good time schedule for Lone Star like the do for Old Faithful, so bring a book and stay for the big show.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome easy hike away from the crowds. We checked with the rangers at old faithful for predictions and had to wait about 30 minutes to see the full eruption. Saw some elk and bison by the river while we waited. There were 5 of us watching. So good we are going back again in September.

hiking
10 months ago

Great trail for hiking and biking. Lone Star eruption wonderful. Peaceful area to sit while waiting for eruption

hiking
10 months ago

I would highly recommend. Path is even and mostly paved. Geyser is really cool.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy trail with lots of shade, some mosquitoes (we did it on a sunny day on 8/6), nice view of the river and the geyser at the end. Kid friendly. We did not time our hike well and we missed the main eruption by 30 minutes. But no big deal, we found a spot in the shade and waited about 45 minutes to see a nice 2 minutes eruption. The very good point is that there was no crowd, we saw like 15 people on the way.

hiking
10 months ago

Thinking we where not going to see much just a creator after coming a cross a couple that was there waiting and we where told it may be disappointing. . Got there around 1:15 and it started what a wonderful experience and hike family loved it . Took many picture . Highly recommended

hiking
11 months ago

easy, level hike. we arrived in time to see the geyser go off at 11.05am on 7/24. spectacular sight, one that lasted a full 25mins. would recommend trying to time the walk to see the eruption as otherwise the payoff may be a little underwhelming.

hiking
11 months ago

We hiked with eight people and arrived just as the geyser was going off. Nice flat hike

hiking
11 months ago

One of the coolest geysers in the park. Lots of water, steam, and whistling. Goes off approximately every 3 hours. We made it a loop by connecting to Howard Eaton trail.

hiking
bugs
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

I have hiked and biked this trail! It's fun and takes you to a back country geyser that erupts regularly and often.

hiking
Wed Jul 03 2019

Way better than Old Faithful and 3-4 people. Ask when the large eruption was, around each 3 hr and in between small eruptions. Large one lasted over 25 min

Thu May 23 2019

The trail was 5.1 miles round trip. maybe 50 percent covered in snow. definitely adds a bit of difficulty, but we among 3 other strangers did this in a round trip of 2hrs total. if u do the math, there is snow but it doesn't drastically slow you down. the geyser at the end supposedly goes off every 3 hrs, but it is unpredictable so the payoff isn't great. just a nice easy hike to do in yellowstone. recommend boots though because feet will be wet. everything is melting by the day.

hiking
snow
Sun May 12 2019

Lone Star gets one star. We hiked this trail on May 11, 2019. Snow shoes (not just spikes) are HIGHLY recommended. I know these conditions should be expected for May, but I hiked this trail because I asked a park ranger which trail does not require snow shoes, and this is the trail she recommended. As for the geyser, we were lucky enough to see it, but it’s not that great. The max geyser height is 10 feet. These reviewers saying Lone Star is better than Old Faithful are crazy. In the summer, this hike would probably rank 3 stars, but, given the amount of snow on the ground this year, I wouldn’t attempt the trail until late June.

Thu Nov 08 2018

This was an easy hike to begin a three day back country adventure for us. By accident, we timed it perfectly to arrive right before the geyser erupted, and it was beautiful. We didn’t bother with old faithful and from everything we heard, this was better anyway. I was certainly wowed by this experience! Our back country hike ended through this trail as well, so it was a great “almost home” marker for me, too

Wed Sep 05 2018

A bit disappointed given it’s essentially a biking trail and flat all the way. They are supposed to note on the trail head when the last eruption of the geyser was. None had been recorded for the day. We arrived an hour too late and when we got there would have had to wait for another 2 hours. More information from the park rangers would have been useful.

Mon Aug 27 2018

This was great hike. We timed it perfectly so that we only had to wait about 20 minutes for eruption. This hike was well worth the planning and the geyser was far superior to Old Faithful.

backpacking
Wed Aug 22 2018

A pure-Yellowstone trail. Fairly flat, it follows a river most of the way on out to the Geyser. The Geyser itself is incredible, shooting water out of a tall rock into great heights, spraying onlookers. I personally enjoyed watching this one more than Old Faithful because the crowds were small for Yellowstone. My family and I walked on about another mile or so passed the geyser which features brilliantly colored thermal pools and our backcountry campsite. The site came with a toilet, the river flowing directly in front of our tents, a hot spring flowing out of the ground and into the river, and beyond the pines outlining the site, was a large crust basin of more thermal stream areas. If you camp in backcountry, bring bug nets. The mosquitoes didn't get bad until evening. If you're just going to the geyser you'll be fine. Overall great Yellowstone camping adventure to escape the crowds!

hiking
Wed Aug 08 2018

Super super easy walk. Beautiful hike along river. Total round trip is about 5 miles. But man what a geyser! Actually liked it better than Old Faithful. However it erupts about every 3 hours, we got there by chance 5 mins after it went off, and it lasted about 15 mins!!! Sign the guest book and if u missed it look for an entry that marked the last eruption time to help you know when the next one is.

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