Mystic Falls - Geyser Basin Loop is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until September.

Length8.9 miElevation gain928 ftRoute typeLoop
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Yellowstone closes trails annually to reduce encounters between bears and humans during certain times of the year. See here for bear closure info: https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/bearclosures.htm Additionally, roads in Yellowstone are closed annually during winter. Before you head out, see Park road closures here: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/parkroads.htm Yellowstone National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $20 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. WILDLIFE CLOSURE: Areas of this trail may be closed between Mar 10 and the Friday of Memorial Day weekend due to bear conservation efforts. For more information, please see https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/management/bearclosures.htm

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Stone Conroy
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Magesn0 .
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Lots of people, beautiful geysers and colours.

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Laura Jenkins
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Ryan R
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Watch old faithful from the overlook, which is nice, There is miles of boardwalk and a lot of people on this loop...selected the loop off it’s rating but beware it’s Disney World... probably great for kids and elderly but this IS the so called “beaten path.”

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Andrew Schlichting
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This is a great hike to see a lot of the thermal pools and geysers and also get to the Mystic Falls. It's got some elevation, particularly around Mystic Falls and the Overlook, but otherwise very manageable for people of most abilities. Everything in the Geyser Basin and Biscuit Basin has great footing. Much of it is a boardwalk, although the composite wood surface is a bit slippery. We did it starting at 9:30 a.m. and the temperatures were wonderful (cool, like 60s) and we beat most of the crowds. Starting from Old Faithful, we returned to see an eruption around noon and it was a zoo of people by then. If you're looking to watch Old Faithful and avoid the huge crowds of people, I recommend hiking up to the overlook. We watched it from up there and there weren't many people and had some space to ourselves. It's about a 1/2 mile each way with roughly 200 feet of elevation gain.

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lori jagger
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7/14/20 this was a nice comfortable hike. Temps began at 47 and 9am and finished at 68 at 1:30pm. Parked at old faithful visitor center. There was plenty parking at that time. We hiked Upper Geyser Basin to Biscuit Basin to Mystic Falls and back.

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Mickey Estep
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My wife and I hiked from the old faithful trail head up to the overlook and out to biscuit basin, looping counter clockwise past the scenic view and mystic falls. According to her Fitbit we went approx 12 miles. This hike offered a lot of variety, on board walks past geysers and pool, up switchbacks, through dense forest, and along rivers and waterfall. We were here during the peak July season and found this trail (although packed around old faithful) offered solitude. The wild flowers are amazing as well. Highly recommended.

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Haley P
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At the start of this trail, you hike on boardwalks around hot springs, mudpots, and geysers. Beautiful! Then you begin to hike through pine forest and up a steep hillside to get to the top of an outlook with incredible views of the entire valley. We didn’t have enough time to hike the whole loop, so we actually did an out-and-back hike up to the mística falls peak and back through the springs.

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Larissa Root
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I did not see Mystic Falls because it is closed due to bear activity. The rest of the hike was enjoyable. Whenever you get off the boardwalk, you get the trail to yourself, along with geysers and mud pots. I recommend the Outlook over Old Faithful. Trail is muddy and wet, snowy in places. Nice day hike. Moderate. Bison activity. As always, carry bear spray.

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Laura Sheppard
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First, I will clarify that I am a middle aged, chubby woman who hates inclines. That being said, this was a good hike for me lol. I hiked this trail on 08/30, weather was warm and dry. The Biscuit Basin boardwalks are great, full of beautiful pools and active geothermals. There were a few spouts going off, but my main interest was seeing Mystic Falls, so I headed into the woods. I was hiking alone, so had bear spray and music playing. There are some hills with a bit of elevation gain (again, I'm chunky so didnt like it lol) but completely doable by anyone who walks even a couple thousand steps a day. I caught up to a ranger-led tour, which I was tempted to join, but had a few other hikes in mind for the day, so I trekked on. The trail goes through some wooded areas, slowly gaining in height. You come to the river run off from the falls, and it is really pretty in that area. The falls themselves are gorgeous. I spent about 20 minutes there, and I was completely alone (the tour group took a while, passed them on my way back out). The hike isnt that long, but if you are like me and not in the greatest shape, it is a goid little hike to get the blood pumping and see a great waterfall. Apparently, this hike can be combined into a longer loop trail with Fairy Falls, but I did them separately, and on different days.

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Nancy Carpenter
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Hiked from the parking lot at biscuit basin to the overlooked and watched old faithful erupt then continued to hiked the loop over to mystic falls and back to parking lot.

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Rob Osborne
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Took the trail with a park ranger. Very informative and interesting.

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Classified Noneoffyourbusiness
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Bob Trusty
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Brian Cox
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Matt Marquez
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Rachel Moon
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Mary Taynton
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Julianne Boyko
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Jean Philippe
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Becky Yoder
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Jesse Nivens
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