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Wraith Falls

Wraith Falls surrounded by evergreen trees lining the cliffs along Lupine Creek. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Wraith Falls is an easy 0.5 mile hike in northern Yellowstone National Park. The short but sweet jaunt culminates in a 79-foot waterfall cascading down a rocky a slope along Lupine Creek.

Wraith Falls Trail Description

From the trailhead, follow the trail up into the sagebrush flats below the larger hills just ahead. You’ll quickly cross a small footbridge over a seasonal creek before winding along the base of the hill. The easy climb brings you slightly above your surroundings as you begin to lightly descend into the tranquil woods. The rushing sound of Lupine Creek begins to overtake any evidence of road noise as you reach a larger footbridge crossing Lupine Creek itself. A brief distance afterward, the trail bends to ascend rocky stairs uphill. The trail ends at an overlook with a captivating view of Wraith Falls pouring over the rocky cliff straight ahead. When ready, head out the same way you came in.

Getting There

From the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, head west on Grand Loop Road for 4.9 miles. Look for the trailhead on your right shortly after the Lava Creek picnic area and trailhead.

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