- Hike starts at West Yellowstone
$595.00 single guest
- Hike starts at Old Faithful Inn
$595.00 single guest
This Mystic Falls trail starts at Old Faithful, and is one of four hikes which we offer to Mystic Falls. If you are staying in West Yellowstone, we can pick you up there and transport you to Old Faithful at no additional charge. The first part of the trail takes us past, or close to, several of Yellowstone's major geysers, including Castle Geyser, Giant Geyser, Daisy Geyser, Riverside Geyser and Grotto Geyser, until we reach Morning Glory Pool. The Artemisia Trail trailhead is adjacent to Morning Glory, and we'll hop on that for our first taste of Yellowstone's backcountry. There are many beautiful hot springs on the trail plus, of course, Artemisia Geyser itself. At the end of the Artemisia Trail, there are two options we can consider to reach Mystic Falls. The first way is to get into the wilderness immediately, over a stream and across open fields scattered with thermal features. The second is to start the hike through Biscuit Basin, and admire some of the many beautiful hot springs on the way. We'll take the one trail in and the other on the way back. After walking through a forest for a period, the trail picks up the Little Firehole River until we get to Mystic Falls. Once you've explored the waterfall area for a while, we'll make our way up a steep switchback, to the top of a hill. The vertical gain on the climb is 500 feet (152 metres). This is steep, and you are at altitude, so please ensure that you are comfortable doing this hike. At the top we'll take a very pleasant stroll through the trees until we reach the overlook of Biscuit Basin from up high. You can also see all the way to the Old Faithful area. The hike down is steep, on a rough trail, until we reach the point where we started, and make our way to the trailhead of the Daisy Geyser part of the trail. This is a delightful hike through the forests and across open meadows until we reach the Daisy Group of Geysers. From Daisy we'll make our way back to Old Faithful. The trail is approximately 9.1 miles (14.7 kilometres) long. We offer three other hikes which also visit Mystic Falls. Two begin at the Grand Loop Road, with one hiking to Mystic Falls, and the other also taking the trail to Mystic Falls, but continuing on to the Biscuit Basin overlook after Mystic Falls. The other hike starts at Old Faithful and goes to Mystic Falls, but not Biscuit Basin. Please take a look at the two videos we have of this hike. One is the highlights of the Mystic Falls and Biscuit Basin overlook hike from Old Faithful, and the other is the complete Mystic Falls and Biscuit Basin overlook from Old Faithful hiking trail.