The Lone Star Geyser trail leads to the Lone Star Geyser Basin with its namesake geyser as the main attraction. The trail is suitable for all types of off-road handcycles and provides disabled individuals a great opportunity to see parts of Yellowstone beyond the crowded boardwalks.
The trail starts east of the Kepler Cascades pullout, 3.5 miles southeast of the Old Faithful overpass on the Grand Loop Road.
The trail is an out and back of 2.4 miles (4.8 total) to Lone Star Geyser Basin. At one time the trail was a paved road open to vehicle traffic, but due to increasing visitation the park service decided to close the road. While the pavement has reverted to gravel in many sections, the trail remains a wide and gently climbing slope easy for beginners to tackle.
The trail follows the Firehole River through a section of forest that escaped the fires of 1988 and therefore provides ample shade during the ride. Upon reaching the geyser basin, able-bodied cyclists must dismount their bikes but adaptive equipment may continue on the gravel path. The geyser erupts about every three hours so be sure to check the log book at the trailhead or pack a lunch and enjoy some time in the wilderness while awaiting the next eruption.
Yellowstone is grizzly bear country so it is strongly advised to travel in a group, carry bear spray and make noise while traveling.
Trail Name: Lone Star Geyser Trail
Location: West Yellowstone, Wyoming |
Type: Wide trail (≥ 30″), Start and end at the same point (Out-and-Back)
Rating: Adaptive Level 02
Steepest Section: Mild – under 10º
Most Off-Camber Section: Mild – under 10º
Terrain: Mostly hardpack, minimal loose sections
Help Needed? Nope
Even more info: Yellowstone National Park
Directions to Trailhead
Drive 3.5 miles southeast of the Old Faithful overpass on the Grand Loop Road. The trail-head and parking area will be on the southwest (right) side of the road just past the parking area for the Kepler Cascades overlook.