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Fairy Falls, WY

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Distance Round Trip 5.14 miles
Trailhead Elevation 7,252 feet
Elevation Gain 373 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 2 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 7.01
Interest Seasonal Waterfall & Perennial Creek
Backpack Connecting Only
Dogs not allowed
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5  2018-07-25 AZLOT69
6  2010-07-19 seattlehiker
Author seattlehiker
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Routes 215
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Trips 318 map ( 2,199 miles )
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Location Seattle, WA
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Preferred   Jun, Sep, Aug, Jul → Any
Seasons   Summer to Autumn
Sun  5:11am - 7:48pm
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Short hike to a nice 200ft falls
by seattlehiker

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At 200 feet high, Fairy Falls is an impressive backcountry sight. It can be reached from two different trailheads. The first trailhead, 1 mile south of the Midway Geyser Basin, begins at a steel bridge across the Firehole River and follows the Fountain Freight Road hiking/biking trail for approximately 1 mile before the hiking-only trail to Fairy Falls branches off on the left. The second trailhead, 1/2 mile south of the Nez Perce picnic area on the Fountain Freight Road, follows the hiking/biking path from the northern end, 1-3/4 miles to the junction with the Fairy Falls trail. If you choose to take your bike for the first section, there is even a nice bike rack where you can lock your bike as you complete the rest of the hike on foot. You get views of the Midway geyser basin from this trail as well. The falls is kind of a two part falls, with the first section dropping off a high cliff ledge with the bottom section more of lacy section. Be warned, there is not any real shade on this trail so be sure to bring a hat and/or sunscreen as the sun at this altitude is a killer. With little elevation gain, this hike makes for a good family hike. With a little luck, you may even get to see some bison in the area near the trailhead.

Directions to the steel bridge trailhead: Within Yellowstone National Park, take the grand loop road between Madison and Old Faithful. The Steel Bridge parking area is 1 mile south of the Midway Geyser Basin parking area. The trailhead is signed. Parking lot fills up early so it's best to get there early.

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2010-07-27 seattlehiker
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

    Permit $$

    Yellowstone National Park
    Entrance Fees $25 per car & $12 per person

    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    To hike
    Within Yellowstone National Park, between Madison and Old Faithful. Steel Bridge parking area 1 mile south of the Midway Geyser Basin parking area.
    page created by seattlehiker on Jul 27 2010 6:42 pm
    90+° 8am - 6pm kills
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