Hike With The Wizard
Mystic Falls is a cascade waterfall of about a one hundred foot drop on the Firehole River. This hike can be a family friendly walk. Out-n-back one mile each way on a wide maintained cinder pathway or combine that with a much more aggressive addition of the lasso loop. This description is for the longer lasso loop and is described in a clockwise direction.
Take the boardwalk which passes by several geo thermal features. At the west end of the boardwalk take the left boardwalk which ends in about fifty feet. A cinder path continues to signed intersection rather quickly. Mystic Falls is straight. It's a nice stroll thru the forest with some nice rock out croppings along the way to the next intersection. Mystic Falls is straight, the lasso loop will return from the right here. Soon the river joins on the left and the sound of the falls becomes apparent. There are nice views from the base of the falls. Out and back folks should return the way they came. Lasso folks start climbing the rocks off to your right. The steep trail is narrow and takes several switch backs to a nice view of the falls from above. The trail continues on a steady climb to the summit. Descending from the summit the trail comes to a fenced overlook of the valley below and Biscuit Basin. The views are outstanding and if your timing is right you can see Old Faithful. This area can be a little confusing with no signage. As you approached this area you want to make a sharp u turn to the right here. The trail takes several switchback on the way down to the valley to rejoin the original trail. From here turn left to return to the boardwalk, then turn left again to complete the boardwalk loop.
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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.
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