Private Mystic Falls Loop

Yellowstone National Park
5.0 (15 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • 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.

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Sliding Scale (See Below)
$190-$550 Per Person
Season: June-Sept

Season: June-Sept

Trip Type: Day Hike Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 1-7 Guests
Trip Length: 5-7 Hours
Distance: 8MI / 13KM


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.

Hiking Distances:

8 mi

Backpack Weight:

8-12 lbs


Lightly Rugged

Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

350 ft

Heights Exposure:



  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 8-12 lb backpack for 5-7 hours
* For an official and complete list of physical requirements, please see our Essential Eligibility Criteria.


  • 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
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  • 1 person: $550
  • 2 people: $290 per person
  • 3 people: $260 per person
  • 4-5 people: $215 per person
  • 6-7 people: $190 per person
  • 10 and younger: $135 per person

Private day hike tours are only open to your party.

*Prices do not include gratuity for your guide

(Important: We run hikes in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our terms and conditions for information on cancellations and refunds.)

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Tour dates reflect general availability. You will select your desired hike during the registration process. The season for this hike is June-September.

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Trip Details

Trip Details

What's Included

  • Trained hiking guide(s) with years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. See Guide Bios.
  • A commitment to make the tour as exciting, challenging, informative, and full as you’d like, and as is possible in a day
  • Trail snacks and a picnic lunch
  • Use of a top of the line, technical day pack
  • Use of trekking poles
  • Mandatory 5% national park fee that passes through directly to Yellowstone

What's Not Included (Required)

  • Lightweight hiking shoes or hiking boots
  • Waterproof rain jacket or poncho
  • Warm wool or fleece top (Spring, Fall)
  • Warm hat and gloves (Spring, Fall, Winter)
  • Water bottles or bladder (2 liters total capacity)
  • Sunhat

What's Not Included (Recommended)

  • A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
  • Sunglasses
  • Knee braces (if needed)
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Gratuity for your guide

Food: What To Expect

Day hike tours include energizing trail snacks and a delicious picnic lunch. Your guide will customize the food for your hike, but a typical lunch consists of gourmet sandwiches or wraps, fruit, veggies, chips, drinks and a dessert. On wintery or cold days you may be treated to soup or a hot, freshly cooked lunch (if you’d prefer a hot meal, please let us know!)

We regularly accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and will make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

Where Do We Meet?

You will meet your guide at the Old Faithful Visitor Center. Your guide will contact you approximately 7 days before your hike to coordinate the exact time and location of your rendezvous.

Safety Precautions

Your safety is our top priority. Our hiking tours are led by professional hiking guides, all of whom are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. Guides adhere to standardized risk management protocols in case of any potential or actual incident, and all tours carry an emergency communication device and comprehensive first-aid kit. Additionally we have a “24/7” system through which guides or guests can reach Wildland support personnel at any time.

If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

Age Restrictions

Age restrictions on this trip are as follows:

  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis

Weather in Yellowstone

Being a Northern mountain environment, Yellowstone is prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. This is an exciting aspect of being in Yellowstone. On the Spring/Fall Trekking Adventure in June, snow is a slight possibility, and the rest of the summer you’re likely to get rained on at least once during your trip. To be fully prepared, please follow the recommended clothing list closely (this list comes as part of your trip packet when you register). See below for average summer temperatures in Yellowstone:

Average Temperatures (Fahrenheit)

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (15 reviews)
Sylvie V

A brilliant experience!

10 months ago

A brilliant experience! Jared knows a lot about Yellowstone, adapted the tour to our needs and wishes and provided a delicious fresh meal. We have seen a lot of natural features. I enjoyed the most the explanations about how the volcano, the geysers, the hot spings, the forest and the animals interact.

Ben P

Knowledgeable, Fun, and Prepared

11 months ago

Jared was a great guide. He was very knowledgeable, fun, and prepared. He was great with my young children and I feel like we learned a lot from him both from a hiking perspective and a park knowledge perspective. Would highly recommend him.

Arnold A

Wonderful Day

12 months ago

We spent a wonderful day with Adrianna exploring and learning about the geyser basins and hiking to beautiful Mystic Falls. She continually laid out our options, adjusted to both our needs and interests, & pointed out many things we would have missed on our own. The lunch she put together for us up in the rocks at the Falls was amazing for both the location & the quality. And she was just genuinely enjoyable to be with!

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