A short hike with a huge reward, the Mystic Falls Trail is a favorite trail in Yellowstone National Park. The trail itself is relatively easy and is a great choice for families with children of all ages. With a beautiful walk along the river to the secluded falls, this trail is the perfect place to spend an afternoon with loved ones.
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Route Description for Mystic Falls
The Mystic Falls Trail is a fantastic hike in Yellowstone National Park. The hike to Mystic Falls is relatively easy; however, it is not wheelchair accessible or stroller-friendly. Even though this trail follows a well-maintained boardwalk for most of it, we strongly recommend wearing proper hiking footwear as the trail around the falls is loose and rocky. Please exercise caution while you explore the falls and watch your footing.
With stunning views, a good amount of shade, and so much to explore, the trail to the Mystic Falls is almost as wonderful as the falls themselves… almost. The Mystic Falls are stunning; this 70-foot tall cascade is truly an impressive sight that is guaranteed to take your breath away.
To hike to Mystic Falls, begin at the Biscuit Basin Trailhead, cross over the bridge and follow the trail westward past pools and geysers for 1.0 km to a divide. At this divide, take the path on your left to follow the north bank of the Firehole River for 1.1 km to Mystic Falls.
Revel in the beauty of Mystic falls, and be sure to capture some photographs before turning around and retracing your steps back to the Biscuit Basin Trailhead where you began.
If you are up to explore more, this hike can be extended along the Mystic Falls Lollipop Loop.
Mystic Falls, formerly known as “Little Firehole Falls” is a 21 m tall waterfall on the Little Firehole River.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the Mystic Falls hike in Yellowstone?
The hike to Mystic Falls in Yellowstone is 3.9 km round-trip from the Biscuit Basin Trailhead.
Is Mystic Falls in Yellowstone worth it?
The hike to Mystic Falls in Yellowstone National Park is absolutely worth it. The hike itself is short and easy with stunning views on route to the incredible 70-foot waterfall itself.
Insider Hints for Mystic Falls
- Although this hike is short, don’t forget proper footwear and a water bottle.
- Bring a camera, this hike is stunning.
- In the summer, this trail is peppered with glorious wildflowers.
Getting to the Mystic Falls Trailhead
From the Old Faithful Visitor Center, follow Grand Loop Road north for 3.2 km to the Biscuit Basin Trailhead on the left side of the road. The Mystic Falls Trail begins here.
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