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Fairy Falls Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.1 (11)

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


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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.

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Shared By:

Micaela Mooers

Trail Ratings

  4.1 from 11 votes

#13

in Old Faithful

#7607

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#13

in Old Faithful

#168

in Wyoming

#7,607

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Fairy Falls
Aug 1, 2020 near Yellows…, WY
Fairy Falls
Jul 12, 2021 near Yellows…, WY

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Sep 15, 2021
Steve Schonert
Aug 28, 2021
Michael Sherman
Done - so long
Aug 23, 2021
Chris Thomas
2h 00m
Jul 13, 2021
Krista Mansholt
Jul 4, 2021
Christopher McDermott
Jul 2, 2021
Robert Mahaffey
May 29, 2021
Darby Capellin
Up close to the falls and less crowded the farther you go from Grand Prismatic. 5.2mi — 2h 23m
May 23, 2021
Kristine Miller