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Uncle Tom's Trail, Yellowstone National Park

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Historic Walking Area
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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  • Uncle Tom's Trail is at the South side of Grand Canyon and Lower Falls of Yellowstone, accessed through South Rim Drive. Using Uncle Tom's Trail, you can have a close-up face off with the electrifying...  more »
  • not what you expected when you go to yellowstone park. Along the canyon are no geysers, however, have a beautiful canyon with yellow rock (hence the name of the park). If you like the canyon road runs the nature in you come still several geysers, mud pots and wild animals. Definitely worth it!
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  • I skipped it the first time we went. The second time I braved it with my husband. Yes there are a lot of steps. Yes it is a little scary but safe. Yes I would do it again. No I would not take small ch...  more »
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  • Okay, you decide to do this trail, despite warning signs of the stairs. Take it slow. It's a great trail, but be prepared to take some time coming up. There are a few benches to sit on if you can find room. Make sure you have water with you. It's well worth the effort to do this trail if you're able. Seeing the rainbow below you is amazing. Feeling the power of the falls in front of you, exhilarating! Completely out of breath, difficult. Completing this trail, bragging rights to friends, really great!
  • Quite a steep stairway, but you can rest on the benches and you will be rewarded with a wonderful view of the lower Yellowstone Falls.
  • 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!!
  • 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.
  • 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!