Private Mystic Falls Loop
Yellowstone National Park5.0 (15 reviews)
- Spectacular Geothermal Features
- Abundant Wildlife Habitat
- Stunning Yellowstone Waterfall
- Top-shelf Backpack & Trekking Poles
- Amazing Natural & Cultural History
- Tasty Trail Snacks & Picnic Lunch
Our Mystic Falls day hike is a great way to combine 2 of Yellowstone’s most renowned geyser basins with a less frequented backcountry gem. We will start by hiking through Old Faithful Geyser Basin, which hosts the largest concentration of geysers in the world. On this path, we will pass a couple of its most active geysers, Castle and Daisy, before crossing the street to reach Biscuit Basin. The boardwalks here will lead us across the Firehole River and over awe-inspiring hot springs. We will ogle at the otherworldly colors and textures of Sapphire Pool, Mustard Springs and others. Next, we’ll take a break from the crowds and set out on a section of the historic Continental Divide Trail (CDT). After a solid mile of lodgepoles and wildflowers along the CDT, we will reach the serene site of Mystic Falls. This 70-foot cascade and the Little Firehole River in which it flows are very photogenic. Once we have had a few minutes of rest, we’ll start our trek up the Fairy Creek trail where our solitude is likely to increase even more. This part of the trail is an awesome climb, and the higher we go the more the valley floor opens. We will enjoy a delicious picnic prepared by your guide while sitting before the breath-taking vistas of Biscuit Basin Lookout. After lunch, we will retrace our steps through Biscuit Basin and loop back through the Old Faithful area on a new trail. On our way back to the Visitor’s Center, we have the opportunity to see all new thermal features such as Morning Glory, Giant Geyser, and Old Faithful herself.
Please note: this hike is operated by Wildland Llamas, a separate company from Wildland Trekking, but with shared management and guide teams. Wildland Llamas is a licensed stock outfitter and guide company in Yellowstone National Park.
$190-$550 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This hike is mostly on well maintained trails and boardwalks (in thermal areas). There are short areas of loose rock and dirt, especially if going down towards the base of the falls.
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PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THIS TRIP
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
SOLITUDE LEVEL 2
- Level 1: around other hikers the entire time
- Level 2: around other hikers most of the time
- Level 3: around other hikers some of the time
- Level 4: see a couple other groups during the hike
- Level 5: most likely to have the trail to ourselves