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Such a pretty magical place. Absolute must if you go to Yellowstone.

hiking
16 days ago

Loved this hike! To the falls is a easy hike. We decided to do the loop after we got to the falls and saw how amazing it was. We went to the falls first and I want to think going to the falls first is the best route. But when we came down the other side it looked more gradual and had switchbacks. Our favorite hike in the park that we done this weekend.

This was a fun Saturday day activity for our camp trip. Our extended family hiked this in about 3 hours . We had kids ranging from 5 yrs - 14 Years, plus a 4 month old and 2 year old in back packs. On the Flag Ranch road, look for the sign that says “cascade creek” for the trail head. The entire trail is gorgeous. The end of the trail is not a very good view. The best view is from a rock cliff a little bit back from the end of the trail.

A relatively easy hike (mainly flat) to the gorgeous falls. Not a lot of shade later in the day, so it gets hot during the summer months! Otherwise a great way to shake off the big crowds for some more solitary time in the forest.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

I actually had a different trail in mind when I started this one, so it seemed to take forever! I hiked this trail on 08/29. Weather was dry and warm.

I hiked to the Grand Prismatic overlook first (first left fork on trail). Gorgeous view of this geothermal wonder. and, although busy, it was much less busier than walking the boardwalks, and you got a much better view. Continued and went down the other side of the hill. There was no marking for the Falls trails, but if you went right, you just headed back to the parking lot.

This trail was a bit longer than anticipated (again, I had a different trail in mind) but was a pleasant walk through the woods. I was by myself, so I did carry my bear spray and made noise through the wooded areas. it would be easy to surprise a bear around some of the twists in the path. There is a backcountry campground along this trail which I did not explore.

There is no major elevation gain (which was fine by me lol) and the falls were beautiful. There were a few people there, but it was easy to get a solo photo without any other people in. Including lots of photo stops, I took 2.5 hours for the whole trip.

Go at sunset to get a great view of Grand Prismatic and alpenglow covered mountains. The new overlook trail is a steep but short hike.

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.

Amazing view but very hard to enjoy with the crowd. Lots of rude foreigners with no consideration of others at all. Glad to see it from that vantage point once but will never do it again because of the crowd.

Easy hike to beautiful lake

hiking
1 month ago

Great 2 hour out and back hike there were only 2 people ahead of us so by the time we got to the waterfall we had it all to ourselves. Saw a bison very close and plenty of chipmunks and squirrels.

Awesome trail with some climbing required. We added the overlook to the trail with awesome views of the basin which made the whole trip 3.4miles. Falls were stunning.

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

great view.

Awesome hike. Camped at the horseman's camp by Boone Creek, then woke up early and hiked this trail. It's about a 1-hour drive East of Ashton, ID. The trail is in great shape and has some wonderful views. Even with my young boys, it was about 1 hour or less each way.

hiking
1 month ago

nice hike you can access via biscuit basin. you'll reach a fork in the trail- go left for the shorter route (0.6 miles more, i think) or go straight for the longer route (1.7 miles more).

Awesome view.

hiking
2 months ago

I did this hike last Saturday (8/11) with two of my friends, and it was a relatively easy trek.

We started our hike around 4 pm and arrived back at the trailhead around 6 pm.

This hike was decently busy on a Saturday afternoon, but most people (families and those not properly dressed for a hike) only made it up up to the Grand Prismatic Spring overlook and then headed back. We continued onward to Fairy Falls, which was well worth it!

The hike itself, was a walk in the park (all pun intended). The only elevation gain takes place on the short jaunt up to the overlook. After that, it is pretty much all even ground for the rest of the 1.5 miles to the falls. We made it from the trailhead to the falls (2.5 miles) in just about an hour; moving at a decently steady pace.

I primarily chose this hike because it was one of the longer ones in the park that included a water feature. It was also a great way to escape the crowds, as we had the falls completely to ourselves for at least 20 minutes.

Great hike for all ages and experience levels!

hiking
2 months ago

We did the loop to include observation point.
Great views from the top and we spent a long time just enjoying the outlook area. We climbed down to the falls which were nice. We went down river from the falls and soaked our feet in the river while we enjoyed the morning sun. A nice hike but can get steep at times. The trail is not well maintained on the observation climb with loose gravel and some slippery spots this should be a moderate level hike.
Overall a nice hike with falls and views

walking
2 months ago

Very easy hike. Flat ground, very few rocks. Did the overlook, then the walk to the falls. Came across very few people, maybe 10 small groups, even in the busy month of July.

It's a great view to see the grand prism from this trail, and it's very easy.

The grand Grand Prismatic Spring is certainly one of the most deserve to see in the Yellowstone. However, It's too large to see the whole prism besides it. I suggest to hike both this trail and the other trail going to the mountain besides the prism and see it from above.

We went late afternoon. Had mostly blue sky with a few clouds. The view of Grand Prismatic was spectacular! I chose to hike this late afternoon based on another review. Apparently with the cooler morning air, there can be more steam coming off the pool obscuring the view. The wind also seems to affect the steam coming off the pool, based on my observation when we were on the boardwalk at Grand Prismatic. Nevertheless, we were rewarded with a perfect view from above this day!

walking
2 months ago

I actually love the crater spring just below this one. Prismatic is beautiful by plane and photo but you really can't see it from the boardwalk well because it's so flat.

3 months ago

Worth the hike to see the falls.

This is an easy hike for children with a stunning waterfall at the end. You might encounter animals along the path, keep your distance and leave them be. Very flat so no worries about terrain.

Stunningly beautiful!

Easy hike to a great view from the brand new viewing platform. Didn’t have time to explore Fairy Falls with our 5 and 10 yo’s and their 70+ grandmother, but will in the future.

We were disappointed to find that this trail is no longer dog friendly. We only made it about 0.3 tenths of a mile till it became Yellowstone National Park land.

3 months ago

Not much to see on the way but the view at the end of the trail is worth it.

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