Mystic Falls, Fairy Creek and Little Firehole Loop

MODERATE 227 reviews
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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.

Distance: 3.5 miles Elevation Gain: 606 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Note: As of May 2019, the trail is CLOSED due to bear activity. 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!

hiking
bugs
4 days ago

Great hike with a lot of variety for only 3.5 miles! Definitely wear bug spray and bring lots of water in the summer heat. Loved this hike to see a different part of Yellowstone.

hiking
9 days ago

We really liked this trail. Varied terrain, beautiful views, nice waterfall. Did the switchbacks first as recommended and it was a good idea. Those were a decently steep ascent but it went quickly. Challenging enough to be interesting but not difficult. Bring bug spray!

hiking
22 days ago

pretty much loved it, muddy mucky nasty in places but cool

Fun hike. As mentioned in other reviews, we enjoyed going right at the fork and hiking down to the falls. Pretty steady climb on the way up, but not overly challenging. Views were excellent on the way down. Be sure to bring bug spray and/or cover up. The mosquitoes are viscous.

hiking
24 days ago

We had great views of the valley to Old Faithful. We hiked from the old Faithful Inn in the morning.

hiking
24 days ago

Actually dropped my glasses below the fork had to go down to find them. I did then went back up. Wonderful hike. No phone service so couldn’t record. Son and I were pretty much alone day after Father’s Day. Didn’t have a map. Took right at the fork which meant you come down to the falls which was counter to what we heard the normal path is.

hiking
1 month ago

Thai was out first hike in Yellowstone. We went up the switch backs and down to the waterfall which I had read was the better way to do it and agree with as well. 9 of us hiked the trail; 4 adults and 5 children ages 7-13 everyone enjoyed it and there are plenty of beautiful lookouts over the old faithful geyser area (upper geyser basin).

Mystic Falls was a sight to behold!

1 month ago

I highly recommend this hike. Even though it's 3.5 miles it is a good workout. The views are amazing and the switch back is always fun.

1 month ago

great view of basin and falls were beautiful. walk to top was good workout.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent views of the falls and overlooks of the geysers. Several good overlooks at the top. Go right at the fork for overlook and for good views of the falls while descending. Trail is well worn and easy to follow. Very busy at the start. Didn't see very many people once we started the climb to the top. It seems most people hiked to the falls and then back out. Definitely go to the top for some great views.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous! Go right at the fork for mystic falls, head up to the vista and down to the falls(much more satisfying than vise versa) some great lookouts at the top. Some enchanting waters, eapecially now, while the snowmelt still keeps the flow strong.

Saw a beaver! Amazing hike. Do it

hiking
1 month ago

Trail is open to Mystic falls although I couldn't dare to enter bear country without bear spray

1 month ago

beautiful waterfall. just stunning.

hiking
2 months ago

Closed since 3/10/19 due to bear activity per a sign blocking the entrance to the trail. All you can do is walk around the short (but cool) Biscuit Basin loop.

hiking
7 months ago

Do the full trail!!!! We saw so many people turn around at the falls but we kept going to the top of the mountain and it was SOOO worth it. Probably my favorite hike we did in Yellowstone! The view of all the geysers steaming in September was like something I’ll probably never see again. Amazinggggg!!!!

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail to the overlook. Wow! it's a gorgeous view. I'd call it a moderate hike. We are seniors in our 60's, and felt like it gave us a little challenge. We packed our lunch and sat at the overlook eating on a beautiful fall afternoon. The only disappointment we had was the lack of wildlife. Even from the overlook, we could see no wildlife. But, that's the way it's been the entire trip. Where are all the animals? Wolves taking care of them?

hiking
10 months ago

We took the overlook trail up. The switchbacks were tough. It was not very well marked at the top. We, luckily, found our way back to the trail to the falls. Other than that the trail was well maintained. The views were incredible. The falls were spectacular. Overall a fantastic hike.

10 months ago

Trail was a bit confusing and poorly marked at first. Do not head uphill to the overlook if you are wanting to get to Fairy Falls, just keep walking. Once you're on the trailhead, it's marked very well. Fairy Falls was great and the chipmunks were overly friendly. We walked on to Imperial Geyser and back out. Trail gets a bit muddy in sections but for the most part it's flat and well maintained.

10 months ago

Park at Biscuit Basin. The trail starts in the back of the boardwalk around the thermal pools. For the best trip, go to the right where the trail splits after the boardwalk. Then take the loop all the way around. Very strenuous on the way up, but the overlook and falls are incredible!

hiking
10 months ago

Good hike with great views, diverse ecosystems and fine riparian environment along stream and waterfalls, great for all.

10 months ago

Great hike! The views were amazing but the hike was tough! The path can be very rocky at times. Make sure you have sturdy shoes and plenty of water. Go to the overlook first and then down to the falls.

hiking
11 months ago

I just walked to see the geysers under the mountain and didn't go to see the fall. I think the geysers here are even more beautiful than those in upper geysers.

hiking
11 months ago

I recommend doing the overlook first and then looping back to the falls. The first half is strenuous for folks who aren’t in stellar shape. However, the views are worth it.

hiking
11 months ago

I loved this hike!! We did the whole loop, hiking to the overlook first. The switchbacks to the overlook are strenuous, but the views are stunning! We continued onto the beautiful falls from there. Along the entire loop we saw so many variety of wildflowers! More that 15 varieties! I was in awe! We hiked this the second week in July. This trail met all my expectations for a high Mountain View, a beautiful falls, and lovely mountain wildflowers!!

hiking
11 months ago

We took the loop towards the right. it's pretty steep. be careful at the overlook losing the trail... if you keep trying to follow the ridge, you'll still see footprints for a bit but the loop actually cuts back very shortly once you reach the top. Ironically, the greenness and the non-western rolling hills-esque look combined with the steam (as if it were from a factory!), and the new growth trees smaller sized trees makes it look like Connecticut or upstate New York. In other words, not super impressive. The trail itself is quite nice and well maintained however, and the view of the falls coming down is better than towards the base of them. They're very nice falls. The remainder of the trail back along the creek is very nice too. then of.course the most.unique feature is that it contains biscuit Basin! Also it's true, this is a great way to escape crowds. it was astounding the line of cars and line to park at several of the surrounding areas. it's also true there's a ton of mosquitoes. load up on bugspray!

11 months ago

beautiful falls, lots of mosquitoes and a decently busy hike so going early in the morning or later in the evening is probably best

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Great trail to get panoramic views of the biscuit basin and geysers, and the waterfall was super pretty. I started from the biscuit basin and went to the observation point first which had some decent switchbacks and then looked around to the waterfalls. I’d recommend that route!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Nice hike the first half is pretty challenging. Bring big spray and a headnet if you have one. Falls are lovely nice spot to picnic up top.

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