Mystic Falls hike

Yellowstone National Park
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Mystic Falls hike

Distance: 3.5mi
Elevation: 705ft
Time: 1.5-2h

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The Mystic Falls hike in Yellowstone boasts quaint falls with a relatively easy approach, yet yield a beautiful, natural, secluded atmosphere. The cascading falls provide the perfect gurgling background for self-reflection and conversation.

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Getting there

Drive 2.5mi north of Old Faithful to the Biscuit Basin parking area. Parking in the undersized parking lot can be tough. The trail begins on the left side of the road.

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About

When to do

May through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

At Parking Lot

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Circuit


Mystic Falls
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Route Description for Mystic Falls hike

The trail begins as a classic Yellowstone boardwalk, meandering through paint pots and geysers. After the small boardwalk lollipop loop, continue on the now dirt path towards Mystic Falls. Turn left at the junction to have the most direct route to the falls (right goes up to the Biscuit Basin Overlook).

This flat, wide trail meanders through a new growth forest, alongside the Little Firehole River. This river begins west on the Madison Plateau. Beautiful wildflowers can be seen along its entirety.

You will soon reach the falls themselves – all 69ft of them. They are secluded, away from the bustling crowd of Biscuit Basin. The falls start narrowing and expand conically, becoming quite wide at their base. Steam from thermal features line the geyser, as do rocks and wildflowers.

Insider Hints

  • For a longer hike with a little bit of elevation gain, continue past the falls towards the Biscuit Basin Overlook. This adds some climbing and frames the geysers you have just seen up close.

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Sebo 5 months ago

Mystic falls hike wasn't too hard. I may have expected a little bit more of a challenge.

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mountaincat 5 months ago

So many people, everybody are crazy about waterfalls

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SJ 5 months ago

Nice family walk and not as crowded as some of the others.

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StMilly 5 months ago

easy walk in the forest

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stocRob 5 months ago

Easy walks, not too steep so we saw quite a lot of families although it wasn't as crowded as we've expected. Would recommend

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Ronny 5 months ago

Mystical falls were surely mystical. I've seen some waterfalls but this was really worth the 2-hour hiking.

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MadN 5 months ago

nice views lots of families good for an easier relaxing walk if you are used to hiking

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