Mystic Falls Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews
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Mystic Falls Trail is a 3.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

3.5 miles 686 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

1 month ago

Even with a little rain this is a great trail!

1 month ago

Enjoyable trail that wasn't very strenuous. We got a little confused a few times so this app was helpful staying on the trail. It was best going clockwise on the loop as someone suggested before, because it was more gradual. That is not to say that it was all easy, because there were some climbs. Nice falls though. Not the most beautiful I've ever seen, but a nice hike.

1 month ago

Great short hike with beautiful views from the overlook. If you're short on energy or time, you can easily just go out and back to the falls.

1 month ago

Trail is very easy and short so it's worth the hike for a really pretty view. You don't have to do the whole loop either if you're trying to conserve time you can just hike 1 mile to the falls and turn around to cut some time off.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail after the boardwalk.

Nice moderate level hike. I recommend going around loop clockwise for a more gradual incline and steeper decline. Water level was a little low in early September so the waterfall was not quite as impressive, but still some very nice views of the fall and the park.

4 months ago

4 months ago

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Loved hiking to the falls! Saw a marmot on our hike, too!

5 months ago

Fun hike was a good trail for a flat lander.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a nice easy hike to the falls. Hiking to the observation is steep but not to bad. If you time is right you can see old faithful blow from the observation area. Just amazing.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Not a place to be in a lightning storm, but views of geyser basin great otherwise. And of course the waterfall is cool as are most in Yellowstone.

9 months ago

This trail is one of the most beautiful and easiest trail I have ever seen in this park. Flat and easy up till the mountain, love it!

hiking
1 year ago

Nice easy walk, and the falls are beautiful. If you're short on time, skip this one, and hike to Fairy Falls instead.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Went here during our stay at OF Inn during August. The climb to the overlook was medium difficulty, but I did see people of all ages doing the climb. Views at the top were awesome, and you will get pretty close to the falls on the way down.

hiking
1 year ago

Segment from trailhead to falls is fairly easy until you’re within sight of the falls. The falls themselves are most impressive. Although climb to overlook is moderately strenuous, views are spectacular. One nice vista point provides great views of the valley, and views from official overlook (with railings) are even more amazing. First portion of trail down from overlook is rather tricky (steep & rocky) but manageable. Last portion back to junction is a steady downhill grade. (Folks going counterclockwise probably end up wishing they’d done the loop clockwise.) If you can make it to the falls, you owe it to yourself to do the entire loop and see the awesome views from the overlook! Carry (and drink) plenty of water, make lots of noise (“Hey, bear – comin’ through!”) and ALWAYS carry bear spray.

hiking
1 year ago

Absolutely beautiful hike in Yellowstone! Was considering this one or another and definitely feel like we chose the right one. We took the easier, lower trail on the way to the falls and then continued to climb and took the longer, more difficult trail on the way back. If you want to go the easy route, stay to the left as the trail forks. This provides a nice relaxing hike in. The falls are beautiful and there is a trail once you get there, to go down right to the river. The upper trail has some switchbacks and much more elevation. It does lead you out to a nice view of the geyser basin which provides a nice place to rest before you make a fairly steep decent. This for sure is on my list to do again when I return to Yellowstone.

hiking
2 years ago