Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Yellowstone National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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.

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

Great hike! There's a steady incline all the way up. The trail itself is an old gravel road, so it's very easy to follow. Awesome views from the fire lookout at the summit! There's a "visitor center" there with pit toilets and labelled sketched maps so you can distinguish different landmarks you can see from the lookout. We saw goats, marmots, and chipmunks. The wind was pretty intense at the top! Took us about 2.5hrs roundtrip at a relaxed pace and about 15min spent at the summit.

Pretty tough incline all the way up. But a spectacular view from the top. Bring some bug spray as we were swarmed all the way up and down the trail.

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!!!

Loved the hike and the views from the summit are amazing.

hiking
12 days ago

TH is located in the middle of a science/lab space within Yellowstone. service road makes for a nice meandering 2 miles in and a great 2 miles out. The hike down (and subsequently back up) to the falls is strenuous... but well worth it. one of the most amazing waterfalls I've ever seen!

Absolutely loved this hike!! The views on the way up to the summit are surreal and the view at the top are so worth the hike! Loved this hike!

Wonderful hike! The trail is a dirty track all the way up. Beautiful sites along the way, out of the trees the whole time, wildflowers line the path, and just overall a really great hike. This is a pretty popular one so be prepared to see some groups. Up pretty high so be aware of altitude and take it a little slower than you’re used to!

Amazing views and great trail. Be ready for a very wet hike if you go in June. I had to wade 2+ miles through 6 inch water. It was definitely worth it but it might be better later in the summer.

hiked 6/21/18. I clocked 11.5 miles. we walked clockwise doing the 6.5 miles first. trail was flooded in places. took shoes and socks off twice on the way to the lake but was dry after that. gorgeous views the whole way. watch out for falling trees if windy. trail is obvious.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked a few years ago. My all-time favorite hike! Hard elevation gain, but rewarding view at the top. The fire tower at the top is a great place to stop and eat a snack. Lots of pikas, marmots, and ground squirrels along the trail. Saw some bighorn sheep as well.

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.

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

Excellent hike. Challenge slow but steady climb. Pace yourself and you will be fine. Amazing views and the top has a great overlook. Was there in August. Slightly warm but was cold on top.

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.

This hike was the highlight of our Yellowstone trip primarily because we ended up walking 10 miles round trip and did not see a soul (except about 10 deer). Be careful on the last 1.5 miles as the trail isn’t maintained like the heavily trafficked trails and if you twist your ankle you’ll be down there a long time lol!

Hiked this trail in April 2014. Overall a great hike with very few people on the trail. It is a fairly exposed trail with no shading (or protection from rain or lightening). Visibility on the top would have been limitless on a clear day, but unfortunately there was some wildfire in a distant region which caused quite a haze on the day we visited. It is one of the non-touristy places in Yellowstone NP and one of my favorites.

it is all uphill but the view at the top is beautiful. we did see bighorn sheep.

off road driving
10 months ago

Fun drive up to the viewing point in the jeep

I hiked the trail from the Kepler Cascades to Lone Star Geyser on September 10, 2017. It was a beautiful hike following the Firehole river. The Lone Star Geyser erupted at about 1120am....very impressive Geyser. Water and steam to 30-40 ft for about 20 minutes

hiking
10 months ago

Very easy hike to start of 1.4 miles to the spectacular falls. The 1.4 miles is steep and deep Elk herd seen about 3/4 miles from TH.

hiking
10 months ago

Very steep and treacherous at the end but breathtaking falls. Well worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

Left car parked at Old Faithful and hiked in on the Lone Star Trail. Very easy. Some boiling springs on the way on a side trail. Took the Howard Eaton Trail back for something different. Only reason not a 5 star is the mosquitoes on the trail back.

hiking
11 months ago

A hidden gem in Yellowstone! This was a trail recommended by a friend and it was spectacular! The first 2.5 or 3 miles follow a flat, abandoned road through trees and meadows. We saw elk and a coyote, among many other critters. The last 1.5 miles consists of a steep grade, a little flat walk and then a very steep climb down the canyon to see the best waterfall I have ever seen. A must see!

Views were amazing but the path is a gravel access road with minimal shade and loose gravel. My 3.5 year old did the whole hike (it helped that you went 100% up to the top and then 100% down on the way back). Saw a bighorn sheep, 3 marmots and red forums squirrels.

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent. No people once you pass Brunson peak. A bit tricky on the way down to the falls so watch your footing. Highly recommend.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Hard hike but well worth it at the end! Wear good hiking boots with ankle support for the switchbacks at the end. Most of the trail is gravel road. Beautiful views and wildlife is abundant. Even found some elk sheds!

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