Wraith Falls in Yellowstone National Park

Wraith Falls in Yellowstone National Park

Location: Yellowstone National Park

Length: 0.8 miles

Elevation change: 120 feet

GPS Coordinates: N 44 56.540 W 110 37.408

Yellowstone National Park is one of the greatest parks in US, it is very diverse and beautiful, featuring different geothermal features. This is the World?s First National Park that comprises the territory of 2,219,789 acres. The park is home to one of the world?s largest calderas with over 10,000 thermal features and more than 300 geysers. The park has 290 waterfalls and is home for one of the largest petrified forests in the world.

Wraith Falls Trail is a short hike leading through meadows with sagebrush and along a small, but beautiful stream. It takes travelers to Wraith Falls, a 100-foot waterfall that is formed by Lupine Creek. The waterfall got its? name in 1885 from members of the Hague parties of the U.S. Geological Survey. There are no documents that tell the story of the name, but the survey members were reminded of a ghost in the waters of the waterfall.

The waterfall flows down from a rocky hillside. This is an easy trail that is considered to be perfect for families with kids, but is good for all skill levels. Though it is an easy trail, the views are worth the hike.

It should be mentioned that the Wraith Falls Trail is heavily trafficked and is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible from May until October. The trail takes its beginning along the Grand Loop Road, only 5 miles east of Mammoth Hot Springs. From the parking lot the hikers go through the meadow and cross Lupine Creek on a wooden bridge and then climb several switchbacks to a viewpoint that is situated about 200 ft from the base of Wraith Falls.

While hiking in this area, don?t miss Norris Geyser Basin, which is considered to be the hottest geyser basin in Yellowstone National Park, one of its parts the Back Basin is considered to be more wooded and full of different geothermal features. Some people call this part ?the land of extremes?. Tourist will see here the tallest geyser, but at the same time this geyser is infrequent, new and old geysers, springs that have been damaged by people. We encourage you to follow the rules of the park and stay on specially designed trails.

Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Marina Petrova

Pictures taken: 27.06.2016

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