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Lone Star Geyser Trail

EASY 130 reviews
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Lone Star Geyser Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately 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 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike!

hiking
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 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
4 months ago

hiking
4 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
5 months ago

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

6 months ago

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
6 months ago

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.

Wed Aug 01 2018

Bring water and bug spray but the hike is worth it.

hiking
Sun Jul 15 2018

Did this with our 5 and 10 yo, along with their 70+ grandmother. Great trail from a former road. If you miss the eruption, there is plenty to do and explore until the next. We got there about 5 minutes after it finished and spent the intervening 2:30 exploring the river, unmarked hot springs, and having lunch. The greatest benefit was the opportunity to watch the geyser’s entire eruption sequence. Afterwards we visited Old Faithful, and the kids were less than impressed after watching Lone Star.

Tue Jul 10 2018

Did this today!! 2.4 in and out. Would recommend doing the hike in from the parking lot rather than Howard Eaton trail. The biting flies on Howard Eaton were TERRIBLE!!! This way they weren’t awful. Lone Star erupted right at 3:30pm. It was totally worth sitting and waiting for an hour and a half. Amazing geyser!!!

Tue Jun 05 2018

I did this trail 5/31 and was open. some snow but easily passable. swampy in some areas. you can get to lone star either starting at the parking lot just past Kepler Cascades or Howard eaton. I started at Howard Eaton and was about 7 miles. geyser goes off every 3 hrs. first mile is steep on the way up but after that is flat. trail can also be taken to shoshone lake for 16 miles.

Thu Mar 22 2018

Great trail for those little ok’ing to see how the elevation west will impact them. This is more easy than moderate but good for us easterners to get acclimated to then elevation Not a big difference in changes nice sights get updates from rangers on what to be aware of

Mon Oct 30 2017

Nice level trail along the river. Paved in spots. Beautiful landscape. Geyser was not quite as described today. Started bubbling at 2:30 pm, small eruption for 2 min at 3:00 pm, larger eruption at 3:24 pm but only for 5-6 minutes and not a loud steam cycle as described. May have needed to stay a little longer. Still a gorgeous day and worth the wait.

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