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Wraith Falls – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park

Sights

Wraith Falls

Distance

0.8 Miles Round Trip

Parking Lot Elevation

6,592

Summit Elevation

6,733

Elevation Gain/Loss

146

Time Required

20-60 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

$25 Park Entrance Fee

Trail Condition

Well traveled dirt path

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

In Mammoth Hot Springs

GPS Coordinates:

Wraith Falls Trail Head:44.94230N, 110.62347W

Trail Map



The Trail:

Wraith Falls is a great little trail that is very easy and very family friendly. There is almost no elevation gain and you get to see a unique waterfall.  The trail head is located on the grand loop road between Mammoth Hot Springs, and Tower-Roosevelt. The trail head is marked by a small sign and has a pretty small parking lot that helps keep the crowds down.

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There are views of open meadows that often have wildlife. This is in the heart of bear country so please be prepared with bear spray and if the trail isn’t busy make sure to make a lot of noise.

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The waterfall is on Lupine Creek and there is one small footbridge so you can cross the creek and stay dry. There are still some boggy areas and your feet could get wet.

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I would only recommend doing this in the early part of the season. The falls lose a lot of water later in the year and aren’t as cool. Lupine Creek is very small and the water spreads across a wide area making a very unique waterfall.

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The Return:

This is an out and back trail so enjoy the scenery on your way back.

 


Personal Thoughts:

This trail is a great option for those who don’t want big hikes or have small kids or families. With that being said, anyone can have fun because I have never seen something quite like it. Just remember to go in late spring or early summer.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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