A hike to Fairy Falls was on my bucket list for Yellowstone. But it wasn't until Laurel met me in Yellowstone, that I was able to do it. This was a very easy and beautiful hike.
There are two ways to get to the trailhead. We choose the shorter way, parking just south of the entrance to Midway Geyser Basin, then hiked the well-maintained road - now used as a biking trail, to the trailhead. I think the total trip was only 7.4 miles, even though we went on past the falls to visit Spray and Imperial Geysers.
You have to hike a mile on a road that passes just behind Midway Geyser Basin. This area of Geyser Basin looks like a shallow lake, but with the colors associated with the hot features.
|The edge of Midway Geyser Basin|
|The trees die from soaking up the minerals which makes them white|
|People on the boardwalk across the basin from us|
|The 197 foot Fairy Falls|
|We both spent a lot of time just enjoying the sound and sight of the falls|
|I loved how it hit rocks and then formed multiple streams|
|And the colors on the adjacent hill were marvelous|
|Laurel tool this picture of me picking my way across the|
stream to continue our hike
|Laurel walking past the falls on the way to see the geysers|
|Closeup view of the stream on the way to the geysers|
|Another colorful stream view|
|Most of the area was in forest but this was more open and we saw a raptor|
|This geyser blows almost continuously|