Mystic Falls Loop Day Hike
- Spectacular geothermal features
- Stunning Yellowstone waterfall
- Abundant wildlife habitat
- Amazing natural and cultural history
- Top-shelf backpack & trekking poles
- 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. Wildland Llamas is a licensed stock outfitter and guide company in Yellowstone National Park.
Yellowstone Day Hikes Online Booking
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The below dates reflect general availability for all Yellowstone day hikes. Click on your desired date to book (you'll select your specific hike during the registration process).
We may be able to add new trip dates.
Day Hike Rates
- 1 person: $495
- 2 people: $240 per person
- 3 people: $210 per person
- 4-5 people: $170 per person
- 6-7 people: $140 per person
- 10 and younger: $110 per person
*Prices do not include a required National Park Service fee (5%) or 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.)
Ready to hike? This hike can be booked online on one of our set dates or through our Adventure Consultant team. Also, if you don't see your desired date, give us a call - it's likely we can still accommodate you!
- A professional, knowledgeable, medically trained, friendly wilderness guide.
- 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
- 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)
- A cold or frozen bottle of water or Gatorade (Spring, Summer, Fall)
- Knee braces (if needed)
- Gratuity for your guide
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.
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.
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. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and most tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.
Your tour will be led by a trained, experienced professional with a solid guiding background, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 7 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we'll answer all your questions.
Age restrictions are as follows:
- 12 and older to join daily departures (mixed groups)
- 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval on a case by case basis
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:
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