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Lone Star Geyser Trail [CLOSED] 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.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 121 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Forest Hot springs River Closed No dogs
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Please note: as of September 2020, the trail is closed due to the Lonestar Fire. For updates, visit: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/situationreport.htm#southwestern

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

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Keri New
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HikingGreat!

Started early (7am) and a lot of steam was still on the water so wait until 10am to get a better view of the springs.

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Melissa Santorelli
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Hiking

Relaxing walk along the water. Didn’t see any wildlife. The geyser erupted 8/21 from 10-10:20 am, and I saw another eruption around 12:20. Not sure if it was the full show, but beautiful nonetheless

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Paul Rytting
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Hiking

Fabulous morning hike! Geyser erupted at 10:00 in the dot! Arrive early as the parking lot is full by 10:00!

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Nadia De Sensi
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WalkingGreat!

Was a nice walk.

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Mary Hare
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Loved this trail!! It was so peaceful and quiet, barely saw anyone there. We were lucky enough to see it erupt

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Shaun RVA
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Hiking

Nice hike along the riverside for most of the trip wasn’t too busy until we arrived at the geyser area which was a bit crowded but still enjoyable.

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Nate Duffus
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Hiking

Mostly paved trail. My wife and I got to see it erupt within 30 minutes of arriving at around 10:30am. Lasted well over 20 minutes. Awesome hike ending with a beautiful creek along the way

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Daniel Santos
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Hiking

Nice trail. Lone Star erupted at 945 this morning and only lasted a couple of minutes, definitely worth seeing! Pushed onto Shoshone Lk and that basin both were also worth every step!

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Bill Kirkpatrick
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Julie Sheridan
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HikingBugs

Easy flat trail. We arrived just as the geyser was beginning to erupt. We saw a moose and her baby in a field to the left on our way out to the geyser.

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

The trail is a closed road with shade. The geyser was amazingly powerful, which was pretty awesome to witness. Well worth the wait. Bring bug repellent. Happy hiking!

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KRIS D
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Hiking

This is a paved road (degrading) to a solitary geyser (No other geothermal features here). Your best bet is to the bike this road that is closed to cars. The Geyser erupts approximately every three hours but is not predicted by the national Park service. There is a log book at the geyser where other hikers can record eruption notes and times. It would be in your best interest, before walking down this road a few miles, to ask people in the parking lot when the last time the geyser erupted to know if you should walk out there.

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Sam Konowitch
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Running

Easy, flat, mostly paved bike path. Geyser Erupted at 10am on 7/1/2020. During the summer, I'd expect eruptions at 10/1/4/7 am/pm given how regular the geyser is. No guarantees though!

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Kathy & Jon Boegl
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HikingBugs

• Arrived at Trailhead at 10am
 • Sunny 65*
 • Parking lot is small, but was only half-full
. (Pit-toilet at the Trailhead) • The out & back trail is almost completely level and paved; it would work well for wheelchairs and those with mobility issues who may not be able to traverse other terrain. 
 • The beautiful forested trail follows the meandering Firehole Creek 
 • We spotted a moose and her calf feeding at the edge of the creek
 • Moderate traffic of hikers and bikers 
• Heavy mosquitos (you will be glad for bug-spray) 
• Lonestar geyser sits in a clearing at the end of the trail, with various logs/benches to sit on. Plenty of room to picnic or rest and wait for the eruption - definitely worth the wait… :o)
 • Lonestar sputters for nearly an hour before its main eruption. When it erupts it is spectacular - lasting nearly 30 minutes. The main eruption occurs at 3 hour intervals.
 • This hike is a must for those wanting a leisurely AND beautiful hike punctuated with an explosive reward at the end.

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the.minimalist. menagerie
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Hiking

Lone Star Geyser was a family favorite! We were blessed to arrive about 10 mins before the eruption which lasted well over 20 mins! TRAIL: Lone Star Geyser Trailhead just south of Old Faithful. If parking is full, park at Kepler Cascades. CONDITIONS: 5 miles total, no incline. Wide trail covered in old pavement. Shaded by tall trees in the afternoon. NOTES & TIPS: - Trail follows Firehole River, so peaceful! - There is a vault toilet at the trailhead. - Beautiful river and other trails to explore if you have to wait. - Eruption occurs approximately every 3 hours. - No way to know predictions unless you ask hikers on the way out, or once you get there there is a recording book.

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Sean Lynch
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Hiking

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.

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Ashley Bowden
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Hiking

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!

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Clisby White
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(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.

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Bun Navigators
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Hiking

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.

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Victoria R
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Hiking

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.

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William Patrick
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Hiking

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.

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Noah Biasco
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Hiking

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.

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Breck Tuttle
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Mountain biking

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.

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Joe Rizzo
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Hiking

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.

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J Fenwick
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Hiking

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.

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Rob Dyson
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Hiking

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.

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T Crow
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Hiking

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

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Christa Shilling
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Hiking

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

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Naomi Mcgonagill
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Hiking

Awesome hike!

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Arnaud Montembault
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Hiking

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.

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