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Great views of the Yellowstone Canyon on this. While there is the trail that can be walked in its entirety, there are also parking spots at various places so you can make this work however you please in terms of whether you want to hike it or just stop at the designated viewpoints. I went as the sun was setting and it was incredibly beautiful.

Just do it. It's beautiful, easy and underwater geysers are just plain cool. Plus---the Colors!

I have done this Mystic Falls loop three different times of the summer. Mid-to-late June is the best b/c the snow melt is awesome; the water is roaring; and there are small waterfalls that are very nice that are gone by mid-July and thereafter. Every time I go back to YNP, this hike is a Must. A repeat.

Like much of Yellowstone it feels like another planet, simply amazing.

This trail is very nice because it takes you to the top of Yellowstone’s most famous waterfall. Looking down you can truly take in the power of the falls. This path is good for all ages and is very easy. Also if you are in this part of Yellowstone I recommend you go to Artists Point for more great views of the falls.

We got to the trailhead around sunrise, which I recommend, as we were the first ones to summit but passed many people on the way down. With a good push this hike is very rewarding and worth the effort. We saw mule deer and Pika at the top.

1 month ago

Worth the hike

1 month ago

Such an interesting hike with lots of geological features!!

We were able to go in late October. It was a wonderful hike since we were about the only ones there!!! We saw lots of bison and such interesting and magnificent scenery!

2 months ago

Nice waterfall and worth getting out of the car real quick but I would see other things first like brink of lower falls. Easy and quick hike for sure.

I cried it is so pretty. I am a sucker for waterfalls, this is mother nature at her best.

Went on a perfect overcast day and there was not too many people for Yellowstone. Was even able to get parking in mid day.

Interesting but a bit too smelly. Nice information if
You have a guide who is passionate about the area.
I enjoyed it with Wildland Trekking.

I didn’t hike the trail —we only went to the touristy section where you can see Inspiration point and the canyon. It was amazing. So beautiful. Probably one of the prettiest places in Yellowstone.

Grateful our Hiking group took the time to see this even though was w little crowded. Go early for fewer crowds.

Excellent hike. Challenge slow but steady climb. Pace yourself and you will be fine. Amazing views and the top has a great overlook. Was there in August. Slightly warm but was cold on top.

I guess if you are going to show some out of town folks Old Faithful and want to call it a hike, this would be the route, but not really something I’d do again unless that was the exact goal. Hiking up to observation point started to feel like I was finally hiking but then by the time I got away from the crowds of people we began to descend into them again. Views of a bunch of tourists waiting for Old Faithful to erupt, and a river bridge, and a descent view overlooking the other side of the lodge. Good if it’s your first time in the park and just want to walk around.

Pretty much a must do if visiting Yellowstone for the first time to sightsee, but wouldn’t consider this a traditional hike by trail. Expect A LOT of people. Not sure why this is rated moderate. Maybe the smell? Pretty much just a walk on the boardwalk the park created for people wanting to see geysers.

Went in late September and got there late so didn’t do the entire trail but will go back. Even at that time of year it was pretty crowded to start but thinned our as you got onto the trails.

Went in early June. Easy and beautiful. I live nearby and this is on the list for in town guests.

Not very busy on Black Friday. Was very icy in some areas, but enjoyable on a beautiful sunny day!

4 months ago

Backpacked with favorite outfitter week of July 4 starting at Soda Butte Creek trail head then transitioned to Mist Creek into Pelican Valley finishing near Indian Pond. Terrain was easy to moderate until climbing pass between Lamar Valley and Mist Creek:about a 1,000 ft. gain over approximately a mile. Unbelievable scenery, especially Pelican Valley, and saw wolves, coyotes and 5 grizzlies, including one that foraged all afternoon in the meadow next to our campsite. Weather was fantastic and only drawback were the mosquitoes--tons of them around the clock. Thank god there was plenty of heavy duty bug juice to go around because we would not have survived the trip without it. Got plenty of arm exercise swatting them continuously and annoying as hell.

4 months ago

Easy hike but definitely recommend. We saw a total of 5 people the entire hike. It's 100% worth it to go all the way to the top when you get to the bridge. You can't stand on it but you can see it from the backside and it's a really cool perspective.... it was a very peaceful and tranquil hike. At least for late September...

Old Faithful is way too hyped up. Its predictably is about all that’s notable. Beyond that it’s jammed with bus upon bus of tourists who leaving thinking “that was it?”. My recommendation is to get away from the main events and hike to some waterfalls - Mystic, Fairy, Osprey. They are not difficult to get to and you’ll taste more of the ruggedness and beauty of Yellowstone.

Make sure to do the entire loop. If you start low, keep going up and up and up after you pass the falls. It’s a peaceful hike and chances are you won’t encounter many others. The view at the top is great.

This hike was the highlight of our Yellowstone trip primarily because we ended up walking 10 miles round trip and did not see a soul (except about 10 deer). Be careful on the last 1.5 miles as the trail isn’t maintained like the heavily trafficked trails and if you twist your ankle you’ll be down there a long time lol!

Did this one around 5 years ago when I was 11 years old, great way to see the hot springs up close, there were bones visible in one of them from where a bison fell in and died. Old faithful was fun to watch and there’s a clock that counts down till the next eruption, about and hour and 15 between each one. Obviously this is a big tourist attraction so expect crowds.

So heavily trafficked, it is more of a walk then a hike. Did a few years back with a Venture Crew.

Hiked this trail in April 2014. Overall a great hike with very few people on the trail. It is a fairly exposed trail with no shading (or protection from rain or lightening). Visibility on the top would have been limitless on a clear day, but unfortunately there was some wildfire in a distant region which caused quite a haze on the day we visited. It is one of the non-touristy places in Yellowstone NP and one of my favorites.

Easy hike. Great, wide trail. Nice views. Budget time for at the top; you will want to put the lookout center at the top to good use.

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