Undine Falls from the Lava Creek Picnic Area

Mammoth, Wyoming

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Undine Falls is a three-tiered waterfall dropping more than 100 feet over volcanic cliffs. The cataract plunges onto ledges, shooting up and fanning out after each drop. An excellent vantage spot to view the falls is from a roadside pullout on the south rim of the canyon, a short distance northwest of the Lava Creek picnic area. The forested Lava Creek Trail leads to the falls on the opposite (north) side of the canyon, away from the crowds. The falls can be reached from two directions. The longer 6-mile round trip hike begins at Mammoth. This hike, the shorter route, begins at the Lava Creek picnic area at the head of Lava Creek Canyon near the Lava Creek Bridge. The path parallels the creek through a Douglas fir forest to an overlook at the top of the falls.

Undine Falls from the Lava Creek Picnic Area Professional Review and Guide

"Undine Falls is a three-tiered waterfall dropping more than 100 feet over volcanic cliffs. The cataract plunges onto ledges, shooting up and fanning out after each drop. An excellent vantage spot to view the falls is from a roadside pullout on the south rim of the canyon, a short distance northwest of the Lava Creek picnic area. The forested Lava Creek Trail leads to the falls on the opposite (north) side of the canyon, away from the crowds. The falls can be reached from two directions. The longer 6-mile round trip hike begins at Mammoth. This hike, the shorter route, begins at the Lava Creek picnic area at the head of Lava Creek Canyon near the Lava Creek Bridge. The path parallels the creek through a Douglas fir forest to an overlook at the top of the falls."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mammoth
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: 40 minutes
Local Contacts: Yellowstone National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mammoth and Blacktail Deer Breek, Trails Illustrated Mammoth Hot Springs
Driving Directions: Directions to Undine Falls from the Lava Creek Picnic Area

Recent Trail Reviews

10/10/2010
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The falls can be viewed from several angles, the view in the image is what 95% of the public sees. You can walk over to the top of the falls. Or take a trail around to the other side of the falls. You can not approach the falls from down river due to a choke point (visible from main view) in which the river flows between to sheer rock faces and plunges another 15feet or so, Lower Undine Falls. The lower falls requires a hike, plus a little, but easy to figure out, off trail hiking. It is an ankle twister getting the the bottom falls. If you wanted to get to the bottom of Undine falls, according to the park services office, you can climb down "IF" and that is a big if, you can keep off of anything that would be called a cliff face. It is a difficult and a bit risky to attempt since your going to be above, below, or between cliff faces, and I imagine there are plenty of tourist who would complain to Rangers, or decide they could do it...so if you must attempt it, wait till the off season, bring a friend, some rope, darn good shoes, and a helmet might not be a bad idea either. Keep safe.



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