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Mystic Falls

Mystic Falls pouring over a cliff with thermal features steaming nearby, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The Mystic Falls Trail is an easy 1.2 mile hike in Yellowstone National Park to a stunning waterfall emanating mist among sublime cliffs filled with thermal features. It’s accessed from the Biscuit Basin boardwalk in the Upper Geyser Basin and travels upstream along the Little Firehole River to its destination.

Mystic Falls Trail Description

The trail for Mystic Falls begins by using a portion of the Biscuit Basin boardwalk. Follow the trail across the Firehole River and at nearly 0.2 miles, after passing Sapphire Pool on the right, continue straight through the junction which will loop around the basin. Continuing straight will be the shortest route to the falls.

After passing Avoca Spring on the right, the boardwalk will fork to the left. Follow the trail to the left where the boardwalk quickly transitions into a more traditional hiking trail as it enters the woods. It easily meanders through the forest where you’ll reach another junction at 0.6 miles in where you’ll want to stay left to continue to the falls.

The Mystic Falls Trail then begins veering toward the Little Firehole River. You gradually begin gaining a bit of elevation as you continue along the river where Mystic Falls comes quickly into view surrounded by thermal features. Keep heading up the trail to reach your preferred vantage point and enjoy the spectacle of the falls for as long as you’d like. You can either head out the same way you came in, or you can also continue heading up the trail to complete a loop on the ridge to your north with outstanding views of the Upper Geyser Basin.

Getting There

From the Old Faithful area, continue back to the main road and head north for 2 miles and turn left into the Biscuit Basin parking lot.

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