• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    3 Miles

  • Elevation Gain:

    500 Feet

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
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Waterfall
Wildlife

Make this easy day hike to a 70 foot Yellowstone Waterfall.

Mystic Falls is located in the Biscuit Basin area of Yellowstone National Park. Biscuit Basin’s parking lot is approximately 2 miles north of Old Faithful along Grand Loop Road.

Start your hike along the Biscuit Basin boardwalk. The boardwalk provides access to several thermal features including the popular Sapphire Pool. The actual trail for Mystic Falls begins near Avoca Spring at the west end of the boardwalk. Here the trail turns to dirt and enters a pine forest. You’ll quickly emerge into a beautiful canyon and follow the Little Firehole River until you reach the falls (approximately 0.7 miles from the boardwalk).

Once you reach the falls you can either return the way you came (2 mile out and back) or continue and make a loop hike (3 mile loop). If you’re going to loop, continue the incline above the waterfall until you reach the junction for Fairy Creek Trail. Turn right and the junction. Here you’ll descend to Biscuit Basin Overlook. This is a nice destination to rest, eat a snack and take in the view. Continue on the trail until you meet back up with the boardwalk at Biscuit Basin.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water
  • Trail snacks
  • Camera
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This is a heavily traveled trail, but worth it since the falls are so beautiful. It is worth the extra effort to do it as a loop since you get to see the falls from above, and on the way down you pass the overlook for the Biscuit Basin.

7 months ago
7 months ago

The majority of tourists who visit Yellowstone will only see the main attractions the park has to offer, and for good reason, because this incredible place has so much to offer and it's impossible to see it all on a short trip! That means that hikes like this one are the perfect way to break up your day from the highlights that everyone else will see. Mystic Falls sits in a beautiful little canyon, and it's a lot of fun to hike up to and scramble over the rocks near the falls. If you continue hiking up past the falls, you can go another mile or so to a nice overlook that looks down on the Biscuit Basin area, with Old Faithful visible in the distance.

10 months ago
10 months ago

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