Thing to Do

Howard Eaton Trail (Old Faithful Area)

Steam and water erupt from the tan cone of Lone Star Geyser.

The trail climbs a burned hill, continues through spruce-fir forest, then down to Lone Star Geyser.

Safety notes: Be aware of bear activity. Stay on maintained trails at all times, especially in the hydrothermal areas. Return the same way.

Trailheads: Park near the Old Faithful Ranger Station and walk 0.25 miles (0.4 km) to the trailhead by following the paved path across the Grand Loop Road, turning left at the first intersection, turning left again, and following the orange trailmarkers to the trailhead.

This is a 6.3-mile (10.1-kilometer) there-and-back trail that begins and ends at the same trailhead.
Moderately easy hike
Pets Allowed
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
This trail is located in the western part of the park, with the trailhead south of the Old Faithful developed area.
Winter, Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Any Time

Yellowstone National Park

A tan mound of geyserite caps the top of Lone Star Geyser, with steam and water erupting out the top.
Lone Star Geyser waits for hikers at the end of this day hike trail.

NPS/Neal Herbert

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Last updated: June 27, 2018