Mystic Falls Trail

#4 of 211 trails in Yellowstone National Park
Mystic Falls Trail is a 3.4 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.

3.4 miles 600 feet Loop
hiking waterfall
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Jennifer Hensley

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.

Nathan Tellstrom

49 Completed4 Reviews

Amy Dagro

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

74 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

44 Completed12 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

13 Completed8 Reviews

Andy Blake

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

8 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

68 Completed24 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.