Mystic Falls Trail

MODERATE
#4 of 136 trails in Yellowstone National Park
Mystic Falls Trail is a 3.5 mile loop trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from May until October.

3.5 miles 600 feet Loop
hiking waterfall
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Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

Jeff Abbott
11 days ago

6 Completed4 Reviews

Not a place to be in a lightning storm, but views of geyser basin great otherwise. And of course the waterfall is cool as are most in Yellowstone.

Brandon Holzer
2 months ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

This trail is one of the most beautiful and easiest trail I have ever seen in this park. Flat and easy up till the mountain, love it!

Jennifer Hensley
6 months ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Nice easy walk, and the falls are beautiful. If you're short on time, skip this one, and hike to Fairy Falls instead.

Vicki D.
6 months ago

Nathan Tellstrom
7 months ago

52 Completed4 Reviews

Amy Dagro
8 months ago

14 Completed12 Reviews

Went here during our stay at OF Inn during August. The climb to the overlook was medium difficulty, but I did see people of all ages doing the climb. Views at the top were awesome, and you will get pretty close to the falls on the way down.

Robert Dunn
8 months ago

78 Completed14 Reviews

Segment from trailhead to falls is fairly easy until you’re within sight of the falls. The falls themselves are most impressive. Although climb to overlook is moderately strenuous, views are spectacular. One nice vista point provides great views of the valley, and views from official overlook (with railings) are even more amazing. First portion of trail down from overlook is rather tricky (steep & rocky) but manageable. Last portion back to junction is a steady downhill grade. (Folks going counterclockwise probably end up wishing they’d done the loop clockwise.) If you can make it to the falls, you owe it to yourself to do the entire loop and see the awesome views from the overlook! Carry (and drink) plenty of water, make lots of noise (“Hey, bear – comin’ through!”) and ALWAYS carry bear spray.

Shawn Isom
9 months ago

49 Completed14 Reviews

Absolutely beautiful hike in Yellowstone! Was considering this one or another and definitely feel like we chose the right one. We took the easier, lower trail on the way to the falls and then continued to climb and took the longer, more difficult trail on the way back. If you want to go the easy route, stay to the left as the trail forks. This provides a nice relaxing hike in. The falls are beautiful and there is a trail once you get there, to go down right to the river. The upper trail has some switchbacks and much more elevation. It does lead you out to a nice view of the geyser basin which provides a nice place to rest before you make a fairly steep decent. This for sure is on my list to do again when I return to Yellowstone.

Phillip Berry
1 year ago

19 Completed8 Reviews

Andy Blake
1 year ago

9 Completed9 Reviews

At the rear of Biscuit Basin, there is a nice surprise. A sign reading it is 1 mile to Mystic Falls. Nice trail that runs on the side of a ridge overlooking the river below. In July, everything was lush and green with plenty of wildflowers. Bring the long pants and sleeves and repellant though as mosquitoes were plenty. If you gonna run into the woods for a minute, they will swarm you. Saw a falcon flying the river. The Falls are lovely and is a nice break from the sulphur smells of the biscuit basin. A good many people enjoy this trail with you.

Donna Long
1 year ago

10 Completed5 Reviews

Great hike. Took route up to overlook with expansive view of valley. Trail goes along to of ridge thru new growth forest then descends to falls. Very pretty waterfall! Trail then follows river through valley.

Frank Jacks
1 year ago

71 Completed23 Reviews

A nice hike to a nice waterfall. Similar to another comment I met a female elk meandering down the tail about 10 years ago. She didn't care whether I was there or not and wandered down the trail to the stream. Just the sort of thing that keeps me coming back after 60 years.

Mark Hunsaker
1 year ago

4 Completed2 Reviews

A short and fun trail. The elevation can be a shocker if you aren't ready for the higher elevation. The viewpoint and falls really round out the hike.

David Ashby
2 years ago

36 Completed30 Reviews

Loved this hike. Very short, and no one else on the trail. We turned a corner and saw a bull elk enjoying a nap in the shade. I highly recommend this hike.

Darrin C.
2 years ago

This short 2.5 miles round trip is a must see! You can explore the falls and spend hours entertaining yourselves.

nicole belvill
2 years ago

18 Completed4 Reviews

Simple hike that gives u two choices a hard way and an easy way. We chose the easy for now and got rewarded with a beautiful waterfall. Not too crowded either

Rock Hadley
3 years ago

64 Completed7 Reviews

This is one of our favorite hikes. The short route is great for younger kids and the longer route is not very difficult. We like to go right down to the base of the falls for the full effect, however, getting from the trail to the base of the falls is much more tricky with younger hikers. We saw two bison across the river just below the falls today. The wind was really blowing in the parking lot of Biscuit Basin, but the trees and canyon kept the wind at bay and made for a delightful hike to the falls.

Junk Chuck
3 years ago

48 Completed16 Reviews

A great little hike to a wonderful waterfall--very easy, about 4-5 miles, with a beautiful payoff at the end. Great excuse to get out of the car and see some of the real Yellowstone.

Christine Langford
3 years ago

6 Completed1 Reviews

Great hike with forested area, meadows, and adjacent river. Some incline, but not difficult. Be sure to take plenty of water.

Kristen M
4 years ago

13 Completed13 Reviews

Not a difficult hike - moderate with some uphill hiking. Waterfall is breathtaking. Suggest starting from the left side; due to the steep decent on the last portion of the hike.