Flaming Geyser State Park Trails

Various • 1.7 mi • 350 ft

An unpretentious state park with a very impressive name, Flaming Geyser presents several basic hiking options on more than 4 miles of trails. Multiple short hikes explore a ridgeline in the forest, the edge of the Green River Gorge, and the unusual geological features advertised in the title. The words Flaming Geyser can’t help but evoke images of the spectacular hydrothermal vents at Yellowstone National Park, or perhaps spurting columns of lava, a little more likely to be seen in the volcanically active Cascade Range. Unfortunately, the geysers here are small, misnamed methane seeps, and their glory is limited, to say the least. No one but the most dedicated geologist is likely to be mesmerized by them for any length of time. At least that explains why visitors from around the world are not flocking to this modest destination. Nonetheless, Flaming Geyser does hold some attractions for hikers, who can explore a few short loop trails and an out-and-back route along the Green River. The geysers, a unique natural phenomenon in the landscape, are also well worth seeing, as long as expectations are set appropriately.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Black Diamond
Length: 1.7 total miles
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to moderate
Duration: 1 to 2 hours
Season: Year round
Trailhead Elevation: 150 feet
Top Elevation: 500 feet
Local Maps: USGS Black Diamond
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Recent Trail Reviews

9/4/2010

My wife and I picked this trail as it was fairly close to the house and we were taking the kids. Overall we were presently surprised at the area and trail. The trail starts out at a rather large park and the park is worth a visit in it’s own right. There is also a Vista deck and a small trail that is fun to visit also. The small trail takes you to a platform that gives you a great view of the other side of the dam (I think the outlet side). The hike down is easy, but the hike up is a decent grade and may be difficult for people of limited ability. The Rim trail is on the other side of the chain link fence and is shared with Mountain Bikers, which did not present a problem. The trail will empty out on to 3 roads and if you continue the trail to it’s end will end in a major road about (2miles) If your desire is to go to the water, then I am told you take the second road you come across down. We have not done that, but this trail does deserve a revisit to check that out. Will let you know what we found there.

9/13/2009

This is a decent trail with small elevation changes. It's well marked with 1/2 mile markers along with a outhouse about a half a mile down the trail. It does get a bit confusing because the trail crosses a gravel road a few times, having a map of the trail would have been useful at those times. There's not much for views either. You can get to the trail without having to have the gate open. Right before you get to the park you can pull off and walk down a road that meets up with the trail.

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