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Oct 03

Mystic Falls: Nice Trail for a Day Hike

Mystic Falls FlowMystic Falls is a 70-foot cascading waterfall located near Biscuit Basin just a few miles north of the Old Faithful Area.  It is a popular day hike for those looking for a hike and just long enough, at close to 3 miles roundtrip, that the majority of Yellowstone will not hike it.  If you are up for a little bit more of a hike you can take the trail that goes up along the falls and curves back to the right to a stopping point called the Biscuit Basin Overlook which also overlooks the Upper Geyser Basin.Mystic Falls TrailThe trail to Mystic Falls starts at the parking lot of Biscuit Basin, just take the boardwalk to the back of the geothermal area and you will see a sign for the Mystic Falls Trail.  The hike all the way to the falls is relatively flat, easy, and well-worn so it should be no problem for most people.  Once you reach the falls there is a series of switchbacks for an excellent view of the falls.  You can take the switchbacks all the way to the top of the falls and continue on to the Biscuit Basin Overlook or just double back and return the way you came.Mystic Falls SignUnfortunately, I did not know the overlook was less than a quarter of a mile away or I would have continued on.  However I was hiking by myself, not recommended, and my wife, her parents, and my child were waiting for me back at Biscuit Basin so I doubled timed it back not wanting them to be stuck in a parking lot just waiting on me.  So next time I am going to make sure that I take the hike up to the overlook and make sure my wife and daughter go with me.On the Mystic Falls TrailRemember that you are in wild country and it can be dangerous if you do not use common sense and sound judgment. Not only are the animals wild but so is the land and getting too close to either can make a great vacation go sour and even be deadly real quick. Animals will protect themselves, their area, and young while the geothermal areas are fragile and dangerous so stay on assigned paths. If you use caution and are prepared Yellowstone will be a great life experience and please leave it just as you found it so the next person can enjoy. Happy Travels!!!

There are many waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park to choose from, some are roadside falls like Gibbon Falls, Rustic Falls, Undine Falls, Lewis Falls and of course the extraordinary Upper and Lower Falls while others require a hike to see like Fairy Falls or Mystic Falls. Whatever your plans are when you visit Yellowstone National Park make sure you seek out some of the great waterfalls that can be found in the park.Mystic Falls WaterfallMystic Falls Trail
Close to 3 miles roundtrip
Easy Level Hike
45-60 Minutes

To see all of our reviews of things to do in Yellowstone National Park click here and for more information about the park go to their website at http://www.nps.gov/yell/index.htm

 

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