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Wraith Falls Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 3.6 (9)

An easy trail to a lovely 100-foot cascade.


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Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.6

KM

Point to Point

6,700' 2,042 m

High

6,613' 2,016 m

Low

87' 26 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

24%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly A short, easy trail to a scenic waterfall that the kids will love.

Description

This short trail leads through lovely meadows and mixed spruce, fir, and lodgepole forest, then along Lupine Creek to an overlook of 100-foot Wraith Falls. In summer, the meadows provide a nice display of purple lupine, a distant relative of the Texas bluebonnet, for which the creek was named. Years ago, lupine lotion made from these flowers was successfully used to combat body lice.

A “wraith” is a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death. Early map makers who named the falls apparently imagined they saw such ghostly figures in the gossamer white strands of this beautiful cascade. Study it for a while to see what you can see there.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Tom Carter

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  3.6 from 9 votes

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Photos

Trip video of Wraith Falls.
Apr 24, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY
There is a short series of steps up to the viewing area for the falls. It's a short climb, but be ready for stairs if you have a stroller or find stairs challenging.
May 29, 2022 near Mammoth…, WY
The trail climbs gently uphill on the edge of the forest toward Wraith Falls.
May 29, 2022 near Mammoth…, WY
When you turn around, you get a nice view of the mountains. Here, snow caps them in the early part of May 2022.
May 29, 2022 near Mammoth…, WY
Wraith Falls makes the most of the water in the small stream
Aug 16, 2019 near Mammoth…, WY

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May 7, 2022
David Hitchcock
snowed on us, but still beautiful...very few people.
Sep 10, 2021
Zac Johnson
Zac Mel mom Gma
Aug 29, 2021
Michael Sherman
Done - meh
Jul 30, 2021
Randall Harvey
12:15
Jun 14, 2021
Nick DeLapp
11h 30m
Sep 29, 2020
Kathleen Stuby
0.4mi — 1h 00m
Aug 4, 2020
Deacon Klemme
Nice hike to get kids out and moving. Falls are nice and are a bit different from what you think of as far as waterfalls look like. 0.8mi
Jul 13, 2019
Doug Price
10h 30m