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Uncle Tom's Trail, Yellowstone National Park

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Enjoy some of the greatest views of Lower Yellowstone Falls by hiking Uncle Tom's Trail. One of Yellowstone National Park's more famous trails, the trek takes you 150 m (500 ft) down the canyon to the viewing platform, which affords unmatched views of the base of the waterfall and the chance to grasp its full might. More than 300 stairs cover the majority of the trail, which makes the descent much easier. However the steep incline and the altitude of 2,400 m (8,000 ft) can make climbing back up quite strenuous for inexperienced hikers and people with serious health conditions. Make sure to bring adequate clothing and footwear, and pace yourself carefully so you don't get exhausted. To visit Uncle Tom's Trail and get the most from your holiday in Yellowstone National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Yellowstone National Park vacation generator.
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  • The Uncle Tom's trail with its many levels is exhausting. You will be rewarded with great views of the falls
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  • a very long staircase will allow you to go down this path next to the waterfall the show you will see on the bottom will pay off the effort you make to go up!
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  • There are a zillion stairs with about three pull-out platforms for photos. It is worth the arduous hike down to the last platform and the strenuous hike back up those stairs. 
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  • There were 352 or 356 stairs. Depending on when you counted as there were a few stairs leading down to the main Metal Stairs of fun. It's not a 10 out of 10 on intensity but it's definitely a feet you'll be winded from if you're not use to going up and down stairs daily (which, who is? There's a lot of stairs here) so be prepared and take your time at bottom which bolsters a beautiful view of a gorgeous waterfall and of the valley.
  • Amazing descent down the stairs to view the lower falls. Not a great hike for people scared of heights. But a wonderful short hike.
  • Beautiful view of the falls. Heed the signs that warn about the difficultly of coming back up due to the incline and elevation. We made the ascension at dusk, and it took a lot longer than going down did. I thought myself and my 2 young kids might have to sleep on the trail!
  • A must do !!!!! We went in on a cloudy morning and we were practically the only ones there. It was still breath taking. The stairs aren't that bad. Just don't walk and take pics at the same time. And for gods sake, don't text while you are on the stairs. That's a long way down! We did it again the next day in the sunshine and the rainbows were GORGEOUS!!
  • One of the biggest things that I can say about Uncle Tom's Trail is stairs stairs stairs there are lots of stairs down into the canyon you have to be in pretty good physical condition to take this hike because it's just as hard going down as it is coming back up so if you take this Trail take your time and don't rush it.