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Wraith Falls Trail

Intermediate

Trail

0.4 mile 0.6 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 87' 26 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 6,700' 2,042 m
Low: 6,613' 2,016 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 24% (13°)

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Trail shared by Tom Carter

An easy trail to a lovely 100-foot cascade.

Tom Carter

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Description

This short trail leads through lovely meadows and mixed spruce, fir, and lodgepole forest, then along Lupine Creek to an overlook of 100-foot Wraith Falls. In summer, the meadows provide a nice display of purple lupine, a distant relative of the Texas bluebonnet, for which the creek was named. Years ago, lupine lotion made from these flowers was successfully used to combat body lice.

A “wraith” is a ghost or ghostlike image of someone, especially one seen shortly before or after their death. Early map makers who named the falls apparently imagined they saw such ghostly figures in the gossamer white strands of this beautiful cascade. Study it for a while to see what you can see there.

Thanks to guidebook author, Tom Carter, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about visiting Yellowstone, check out his book, Day Hiking Yellowstone.

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Wraith Falls makes the most of the water in the small stream
Aug 16, 2019 near Mammoth…, WY
Trip video of Wraith Falls.
Apr 24, 2016 near Mammoth…, WY

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