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    Lava Creek Canyon Trail to Undine Falls

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    14.0 km
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    359 m
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    The Lava Creek Canyon Trail to Undine Falls is a fantastic route in Yellowstone National Park. This trail is good for moderately experienced hikers or families with older children. With stunning views at every turn and an abundance of wildlife, this trail is the perfect place to spend the day with loved ones.

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    Route Description for Lava Creek Canyon Trail to Undine Falls

    The Lava Creek Trail to Undine Falls is a gorgeous route in Yellowstone National Park. This trail can be accessed year-round but is best hiked between May and October. If you do visit in the winter, wearing snowshoes or traction devices is strongly recommended. It is common for hikers to encounter wildlife on this trail, including elk and bison. As with any hike in Yellowstone, it is possible that you will encounter bears. Before you set out on your hike, make sure that everyone in your hiking party is familiar with bear safety protocols. At least one member of your group should carry bear spray and know how to use it properly. If you do encounter wild animals, do not approach or feed them and be sure to admire them from a safe distance. Undine Falls themselves are stunning 18 m tall cascading waterfalls along the mighty Lava Creek. Be sure to pack a camera; this trail is stunning at every turn.

    Beginning at the Lava Creek Trailhead, follow the trail east for a few hundred yards, then take the path on your right. Stick to the path as it traces the Gardner River southeast, then follows Lava Creek east to Undine Falls.

    Be sure to stop at the falls and soak in the incredible beauty of these cascades. When you are ready to head home, simply retrace your steps back to the Lava Creek Trailhead, where you began.
    If you are looking for a shorter hike to Undine Falls, check out the Upper and Lower Undine Falls Trail.

    Getting to the Lava Creek Canyon Trail to Undine Falls Trailhead

    This Hike begins at the Lava Creek Trailhead on the eastside of North Entrance Road, just across from the Mammoth Campground.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground

      Mammoth Campground, Lava Creek Campground

    • When to do

      May to September

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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