Lone Star Professional Reviews and Guides
"This beautiful, near-level hike parallels the Firehole River all the way to Lone Star Geyser. There are few people here, and the area is undeveloped, making this more of a wilderness experience. The isolated 12-foot sinter cone geyser is one of the largest cones in Yellowstone. Lone Star Geyser erupts in three-hour intervals, shooting 30 to 50 feet high. The memorable eruption is well worth waiting for."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
"It’s an easy stroll along an abandoned road to one of the park’s most impressive and dependable geysers. The hike is justifiably popular with tour groups, and you might see a few backpackers heading out for the Bechler River Trail, which begins a day’s hike downtrail, beyond Shoshone Lake. The geyser is a 10- to 15-minute bike ride from the trailhead. Allow at least an hour for the hike so you don’t miss the eruption.Lone Star is a popular year-round destination, including in winter. The Old Faithful Visitor Center posts eruption predictions, and it’s well worth timing your departure around the geyser’s very regular cycles. Regular eruptions happen about every 3 hours, with minor eruptions around 30 minutes before the main event. Splashing preplay starts up to an hour before eruptions, and there’s a noisy steam phase afterward."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"This is a popular day hike to a fantastic thermal feature. The trail to Lone Star Geyser is a paved service road now closed to vehicles but open to bicycles. Even though you might see a few cyclists and more than a few hikers on this trail, it’s still a pleasant stroll along the Upper Firehole River. About 0.5 mile before the geyser, stay right (south) at the junction with the Spring Creek Trail (a winter use trail), continuing on the paved path. The pavement ends about 100 feet before the geyser and is blocked by downed trees to discourage bicycle traffic beyond this point.Lone Star Geyser was named for its isolated location, 5 miles south of Old Faithful with no other geysers in the neighborhood, not for Texas, the Lone Star State. The geyser erupts 30 to 50 feet every two to three hours or so for about ten to fifteen minutes. Gurgling sounds come from the geyser’s large cone between eruptions."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
This is a pretty walk along Firehole River. It is completely level and is an old road; either paved or crushed gravel. The geyser is in a clearing, at the end (2 miles) so time it for the (approx) 3 hour eruption. The last eruption is recorded on a clipboard at the start of the path, so you can check it first thing in the morning and schedule your walk accordingly.
This was a pretty flat easy hike. Well suited for an entire family. Currently there are several trees over the trail but should be cut soon. The geyser was dormat when I was there and didnt feel like waiting. Enjoyable but the not the best Yellowstone has to offer
Unlike the other reviewer, not the best hike by a long shot, but a must see geyser hike. It is a easy hike for a family to do. This geyser teases you a lot, but its cool. I didn't have the patience to stay, but the minor eruptions were still big.
The BEST hike in the park !!! The hike follows an old access road and takes about an hour to reach the geyser. Lone Star is one of the best geysers in the park (and I have seen most of them!) and waiting for an eruption is WELL worth it. The geyser erupts every 3 hours like clockwork so check with the signin book or someone hiking back when it last went off. The geyser makes LOTS of noise and may erupt for 20 minutes or so. Often it "false erupts" a few times before the big one. Don't worry...you'll know the big one when it comes!
This trail is great for wildflowers and the fishing along the firehole is super. Browns and Brooks.
We like to hike up and eat lunch while waiting for the geyser. Keep little ones in the immediate area. There are lots of geothermal areas off the trail where they could get hurt. The area immediately around the geyser is safe and there are obvious places to sit and wait or nap under the trees.
If you only make 1 hike in Yellowstone...this would be it. Great for families since the trail is an old access road. This trail is also open to bikes.
Don't forget raingear and water!!!
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