Mystic Falls Trail and Fairy Creek- Little Firehole Loop

MODERATE 96 reviews
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Mystic Falls Trail and Fairy Creek- Little Firehole Loop is a 3.6 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
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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!

1 month ago

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.

hiking
2 months ago

A good change of pace from the geyser basin boardwalk trails. No crowds and a surprisingly nice waterfall to view. We hiked to this from the Old Faithful Lodge so it was a little longer than the stated 3.4 miles.

hiking
3 months ago

An easy hike but one of the more enjoyable ones that we did on our trip. Gives you the feeling of being out of the way without having to go too far out into the back country. We ran into a few other groups but everyone was very considerate. Bring a camera and enjoy the falls!

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail for the whole family. Glad we took the time to go and see the falls. Beautiful scenery. I would call this more of an easy walk with a few little hills here and there. Two trail routes, one that goes to the base of the falls and one that goes to the top. Both are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

What a great waterfall. so worth the hike. Went to the lower part of the falls

hiking
3 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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.

4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months 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!

4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months ago

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

hiking
5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months ago

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

5 months ago

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

hiking
5 months 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.

hiking
5 months ago

It was great, not too long with a gorgeous view of Biscuit Basin and the rest of the valley. Steep climb up, especially if you stay to the North first. Be sure to bring bug spray, the mosquitos were awful. Really neat trail though!

hiking
5 months ago

took the shorter route but climbed down to the bottom of the falls. absolutely breath taking! We did it as a quick early morning hike, and we're supper happy with how it worked out!

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