|View from Observation Point|
|Solitary Geyser on Trail back down to the Geyer Field|
While we were on the west side of the loop, we decided to drive up to Biscut Basin and hike up to Mystic Falls. The brochure stated that this was a round trip of 2.5 miles with a "moderately strenuous" hike. It also said it was a trail that followed a lovely creek through a mixed conifer forest to the 70 foot falls over which the Little Firehole River drops from the Madison Plateau. We followed the boardwalk past Biscut Basin and its many beautiful geyers and started on the trail to the Falls. We noticed the sign that said it was bear country and be sure to have your bells and bear repellent with you. Okay..we had those things and we were ready to head into bear country. We came to a fork on the path and decided to take the high road over the Plateau and then go down to the falls. Silly us. The trail up was a 20 degree incline for .7 miles. Which meant that we climbed approximately 450 feet in elevation in that short distance. Quite a hike! The trail was narrow, rocky, close to the edge and very steep. It took us over an hour to get to the top and we thought we would see the Falls from here. We did not. We started down the far side of the mountain on another steep path to the Mystic Falls. Thank goodness we had our hikiing sticks with us. If you remember, when we went to Emerald Lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park, we thought that climbing 605 feet over 1.7 miles was steep. Now we know that wasn't so bad. Everything is relative! This was our hardest climb so far.
|Tim at the edge of the Trail|
|Down Hill Trail|
The Falls were wonderful to see and a good place to sit for a few minutes and relax. There were no bear sightings, only a few other hikers on the path.
|Tim overlooking the Falls..once again off the trail!|
Done for the day, and I mean really done, we headed back to the RV w here we found the batteries were almost dead again. The generator started and we charged them once again, but we will need to take action on this tomorrow. Another cold night tonight!