Mystic Falls Trail
ElevationAscent: 505' 154 m
Descent: -21' -7 m
High: 7,790' 2,374 m
Low: 7,303' 2,226 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)
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“A great trail to a beautiful 70-foot waterfall.”— Tom Carter
Along the way you'll pass two trail junctions. The first is Fairy Creek Trail dropping steeply from a scenic lookout, which joins from the right. The second is the seldom used Summit Lake Trail, which splits to the left.
Mystic Falls cascades majestically 70 feet over erosion-resistant canyon rhyolite. It has two sections, each with multiple steps. Nearby, look for playful yellow-bellied marmots along the trail. Unless you are planning to make this a loop, hike to take in the scenic lookout high above you, you should retrace your steps to the trailhead.
From the falls, the Mystic Falls Trail continues to the right and switchbacks steeply up more than 500 feet in under a 1/2 mile to reach the top of the Madison Plateau. Here the trail ends, where it joins the Fairy Creek Trail at the 1.3 mile mark. To make this a loop, turn right at the trail junction and loop back to Biscuit Basin via the scenic lookout (this adds just 0.2 mile to the hike).
Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Yellowstone National Park