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Fairy Falls Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.0 (8)

A flat trail through lodgepole pines with a beautiful view of Fairy Falls.


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Map Key

4.1

Miles

6.6

KM

Point to Point

7,299' 2,225 m

High

7,222' 2,201 m

Low

90' 27 m

Up

126' 38 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly This is a great family hike because it's flat and easy.

Description

The Fairy Falls Trail begins about 6 miles north of Old Faithful. In order to get to the start of the Fairy Falls Trail, you'll start on Fountain Flats Drive. Begin by crossing the Firehole River on an old bridge. The Fountain Flats Drive follows a wide, old dirt road for about the first mile, and is very flat. On this section of the trail, you'll pass the backside of the largest hot spring in the park, Grand Prismatic Spring. This section of the trail can be biked.

After about a mile, you'll reach the official trailhead for the Fairy Falls Trail on your left. If you're biking, leave your bike here. This portion of the trail is through dense, young lodgepole pines. Just like the first part of the trail, it is relatively flat. When you begin to get close to the fall, there is a slight incline. There are various backcountry campsites along this trail that are nice easy overnighters. Check with park service for availability and restrictions on these sites.

Fairy Falls is a tall, thin plummeting waterfall that ends in a blue pool. For a shorter hike, you can retrace your steps and follow the trail back the way you came. Or if you wish to continue on to Twin Buttes and a few thermal features, continue down the trail for several more miles. You'll come across the junction for the Fairy Creek Trail at about two miles and if you continue on, the trail ends at the Imperial Meadows Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Along the trail, you will mostly find lodgepole pines.

Contacts

Shared By:

Micaela Mooers

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  4.0 from 8 votes

#16

in Old Faithful

#8917

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#16

in Old Faithful

#198

in Wyoming

#8,917

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Fairy Falls
Aug 1, 2020 near Yellows…, WY

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Sep 24, 2020
Serena Fang
15h 30m
Jul 26, 2020
Jami Rekar
Jul 1, 2020
Vanessa Stauffer
4.1mi — 6h 00m
Jun 19, 2020
Odalys Martin
Jun 2, 2020
Jinger Burton
Sep 26, 2019
Sara Wells
Sep 21, 2019
Claudia Ki
fairy falls was gorgeous, flat trail thru some trees
Jun 18, 2019
jeff nye