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Mystic Falls, Fairy Creek and Little Firehole Loop

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Yellowstone National Park

Mystic Falls, Fairy Creek and Little Firehole Loop is a 3.5 mile heavily 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.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 606 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Hot springs

River

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

No dogs

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Please refer to the park page for updates. You can instead do a short walk around Biscuit Basin. Gorgeous waterfall views rewards you after a tough hike up to the overlook, bring your water. This trail is much quieter, which is great for those avoiding the tourist throng in Biscuit Basin. Definitely take the whole loop around for the best views!

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

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Tiffany Cook
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HikingBugs

Did this trail 7/9 at 6:45PM and took us 1hr 18 minutes. I am someone who easily gets bit a lot by mosquitoes so wore leggings and sprayed bug spray on top of my pants and still ended up with 13 bites on my legs alone. We brought our bear spray but didn’t end up needing it and didn’t see a bear or any signs of one. Made sure to talk loudly the entire hike and jogged a bit downhill to avoid getting bit by more mosquitoes. We went clockwise per recommendations from other hikers and I’m not sure how much of a difference it makes. Was a nice hike to do to see mystic falls and the basin overlook but my favorite part was the switchbacks going back down the falls with all the flowers along the trail.

Joey Parmenter
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Chris Leimpeter
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HikingBugsRocky

Well worth the mosquitos. Views are amazing

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Anwesha Pan
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Hiking

Beautiful

Abigail Brady
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HikingBugsRocky

Definitely recommend doing the loop clockwise and stopping for lunch at Fairy Falls. Saw Grand Geyser erupt from the Biscuit Basin lookout point.

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Karalynn Kirkham
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HikingBugs

We hiked on an unseasonably cold day so the bugs weren't bad, but still ran into some at the bottom. Went clockwise which was a good tip. Falls are really nice. The view from the top is great. We were fortunate enough to watch Grand geyser and Old Faithful go off as we sat there. Pretty cool. Just a bit steep, but a nice little hike overall!

Sean Lynch
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HikingRocky

A nice short hike. It’s great, I imagine, for families with kids 7+. Mystic Falls is only a mile or so away from the trailhead, and you can either continue towards Fairy Falls or head back.

Will Polansky
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Hiking

really enjoyed this little hike! we had family visiting out west for the first time ever and this was an excellent introductory hike. it rained almost the whole time we were on the trail with patches of sunshine but we still had great views of the beautiful meadows and many wildflowers. the view of the Biscuit Basin overlook was also incredible and on a cold day you can see geysers and thermal features sprouting up from the horizon. absolutely will be doing this again.

Angelina Pius
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HikingBugs

Hiked June 26, 2020. Started around 8pm so there was a beautiful sunset view to pair with the falls! The switchbacks are pretty rocky, so watch your step there. The mosquitoes were on full blast, but definitely bearable with some bug spray. Definitely recommend!

Mikalyn Paulson
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Hiking

This trail was great! Lots of people mentioning bugs, but it’s nothing a bit of bug spray can’t manage. The overlook paired with the falls made for a beautiful hike. Highly recommend.

Randy Adams
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Hiking

Hike is worth the magnificent view of the falls and the overlook of Biscuit Basin is stunning. Be prepared, bug spray keeps the mosquitoes at bay.

Damien Gu
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HikingBugs

Hiked on June 23, 2020. Trailhead is Biscuit Basin. I have never encountered this many mosquitos in my life. Avoid this hike. Not worth it.

Rachael Bailey
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HikingBugsScramble

Views are beautiful, but the mosquitoes made this the worst hike I’ve ever done in my life. We’ve done this same route earlier in the spring, and it was lovely, but the bugs today were absolutely unbelievable. The number of bites I received are easily in the hundreds. Pure misery and couldn’t enjoy the views because the bugs were so awful. I can’t adequately describe the clouds of mosquitoes so just take my word for it—don’t do this without covering as much skin as possible and bug spraying the heck out of any exposed skin. Equally bad in sun and shade; much worse above the falls.

Gabe Alexanser
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HikingBugs

Bring bug spray for sure. The small loop on the right side didn’t connect so we had to skip that. Be careful because the trail seems to keep going at that point, then gradually dissolves to deep forest.

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Lesley Scoresby
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HikingBugs

Did this hike last week, we went clockwise like others have recommended. This waterfall is amazing. The switchbacks were pretty steep and some had very lose gravel. I had to carry my 4 year old. The views at the top were incredible. The trail is in the sun a lot but in the few spots we were in the shade we were attacked by mosquitoes. Overall this was a great hike, not too many people and some great views.

Brian Brown
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You start the hike by walking along the boardwalk of my personal favorite spring/geyser in Yellowstone- The Biscuit Basin. There’s a couple paths, so be careful to check for signage to make sure you’re on the right one. It was suggested to us to go clockwise and we whole-heatedly agree. It’s a pretty short hike to the canyon and waterfall, and it’s undoubtably the best part. There’s opportunity, if you’re feeling adventurous, to wander down and closer to the waterfall. However, be certain that you can get back up. After that, you have some pretty steep switchbacks that continue to give you beautiful views of the canyon. Upon reaching the top, you have an incredible view of most of Yellowstone, including Old Faithful. It’s neat to see all of the steam rising off the various geysers throughout the park. The hike is relatively uneventful after that, other than switchbacks while you come down which offer a beautiful view of the valley below. No animal sightings while we were there, but highly recommend this hike!

Jesse Dahl
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Hiking

The views are amazing. There’s a good hill to climb. We went clockwise at the suggestion of others. That seemed like a good choice.

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Claire Hankla
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Hiking

Clockwise was the right move. Expect a healthy incline, but take breathers and enjoy the view! You can see Old Faithful from just above the falls, so I definitely recommend looking back to see if you’ve timed your hike with it. Falls are beautiful. Lots of shade, but there was also a good chunk of exposure, so wear sunscreen.

Steve Leen
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Definitely go clockwise. The views are better to take breaks going up the incline. If you can only do the falls and back that is the best part anyways.

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Madeline Eppley
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HikingRocky

Timed this hike perfectly! We started as soon as Old Faithful erupted, drove to the trailhead, and enjoyed a leisurely pace up to the top (going left at the fork). When we arrived we had ~10 minutes before Old Faithful erupted again, and we were able to see it from afar! Binoculars helped, but certainly weren’t needed - it was more than obvious when the geyser erupted. The waterfall was stunning too! Absolutely worth a visit as a half-day hike at Yellowstone!

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Chris Coker
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Hiking

Amazing overlook of the basin and Old Faithful with multiple falls en route. Great condition.

Sara Peter
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Got off track a little but it was beautiful! Loved the falls

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Jennifer Henry
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HikingRockySnow

Harder trail than expected. The snow made it a rough traverse, but falls well worth the hike. Many goat trails. I’m afraid of heights, and those gave me pause. Trail heads up and up and just when you think you’re done ... you keep going up. Great hike

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Michael Goudchaux
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HikingSnow

Did this hike a few days ago, second one up after fresh snow. 4 different sets of bear tracks, did the full loop. The views from the top of the hike into the old faithful area was sick! Great easy hike, great views, and the waterfall is a nice perk.

Ines L.
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jeffrey swiderski
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