Flaming Geyser State Park

Auburn, Washington 98092

Flaming Geyser State Park

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"A popular 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."

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"Unsuspecting visitors to Flaming Geyser State Park might expect to marvel at water and steam spouting from the earth in an Old Faithful-like display. Instead, they find a tiny flame powered by a natural methane seep. While it is an interesting geological feature, most visitors quickly turn to other pleasures, such as enjoying their picnic, casting a line in one of the state’s top steelhead rivers or exploring the park’s trails. In the Green River valley northeast of Tacoma, Flaming Geyser State Park has long been a favorite recreation spot for locals. While the little flame gets headline billing, it’s the park’s setting on the Green River with its nearby gorge that’s the real draw. A large, popular picnic area, river access for kayakers, rafters, and anglers, and a network of trails bring people back again and again. Each of the park’s main trails is fairly short." Read more

Flaming Geyser State Park Reviews

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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.
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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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this trail was actually a lot nicer than i expected. it's a fairly easy hike, small elevation changes near the river but nothing major. you only get close to the river at the end of the trail, but it's worth it to walk on the dried-up lake bed. totally neat. the park doesn't open till 9 am though, and isn't open on weekends until april.
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Closed on Weekends. Are you kidding? What a joke. Waste of my time driving an hour to get there.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Several options
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 to 2 hours
Hikable year-round, daily, 8 a.m.–sunset
150 feet
Trailhead Elevation
500 feet
Top Elevation
Local Contacts
USGS Black Diamond
Local Maps

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Dec 2018