Mystic Falls Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews
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Mystic Falls Trail is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
3.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
682 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

hiking
2 days ago

Great hike, beautiful scenery, lots of raspberries along the trail, no beat sightings, and just a few human sightings! Otters I. The creek on descent, and an adrenaline pulsing hail storm literally from out of the blue (sky!). Trail not clearly marked at times.

hiking
6 days ago

The waterfall itself is decent but I think Fairy Falls, which is near the Midway Geyser Basin, has a prettier hike and waterfall. As other people have said definitely do the overlook as that is the best part of the trail but also optional.

hiking
7 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

We took the trail up to the Biscuit Basin Overlook first. I recommend this highly. That way the reward of swimming in Mystic Falls and being refreshed is that much more worth it. It's uphill to the overlook, but not too bad. Take lots of water and some snacks.

Be ready to take pictures. Saw lots of beautiful birds along the trail. It's a busy trail but not with all the bus traffic.

hiking
14 days ago

20 days ago

beautiful trail. a little bit of everything, from a river to a waterfall to climbing up the mountain. great hike!

hiking
23 days ago

Wow. Gorgeous, beautiful, so worth it! Definitely a tough way up to the overlook, so bring your water lol. That part of the trail is much quieter though which is perfect when avoiding the tourist throng in Biscuit Basin. I accidentally took a game trail rather than the real trail (it had turned a hard left at the overlook and I didn't realize) so wasted a good 15 minutes walking in the woods and getting thoroughly confused stumbling upon multiple seeming forks. When I finally decided to turn around even if I was wrong, a couple of hikers had made my mistake too. Once I got back to the overlook I immediately saw the turn of the real trail though. The waterfall is gorgeous and dramatic and a perfect reward too! Definitely take the whole loop around!

hiking
24 days ago

25 days ago

Start the hike through the geothermal area, into the forest and to the waterfall. Enough shade for a hot day although water too rough to get in to get cool. No issues for my 3.5 and 5 year olds. Waterfall was very nice.

hiking
29 days ago

One of my favorite hikes in Yellowstone. Hiked in mid-July. Beautiful hike along the river leading to the falls. We went out and back to the falls while avoiding the steeper section of the trail. Be aware of bears. Saw a black bear with her three cubs directly on the trail and waited until they left the area.

hiking
29 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful waterfall at the end thats fun to mess around in. Found the trail fairly easy but bring bug spray.

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice moderate hike. It has some steep areas and wonderful views. The falls are a nice reward as is the running creek.

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1 month ago

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hiking
1 month ago

Wished so badly for this trail to be a pleasant experience after maneuvering Biscuit Basin, but even after lots of bug spray during June, this was miserable for us. Mainly exposed in the sun. We turned around at the overlook and viewed the falls from afar just to save our skin. We were warned but thought we were prepared with layers of spray as well as layers of clothing. Hopefully you have a better experience than we did.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail. The waterfall was so full when we did it in June. Steep at parts but very doable with kids. Very pretty.

1 month ago

quite a blast! fun roote, some area can get steep. great view of water fall.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. We did it in the morning and saw Old Faithful from the scenic overlook erupt. The bugs are bad out there so I suggest taking bug spray.