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Uncle Tom's Trail, Yellowstone National Park

Categories: Historic Walking Areas, Tourist Spots
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4.8/5 based on 480+ reviews on the web
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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  • I've read the trail guides that state this trail is a "must do" if you're in the area. That's a matter of opinion. While I'm glad I took this hike, if you're physically unable to walk up several fligh...  read more »
  • There was a little snow here and there but it was well worth the view at the bottom. The trail is concrete paved till you get to the stairs. From there its a regular stairwell for the most part all th...  read more »
  • We did this walk as part of the ranger-led walk and found it enjoyable and informative. Our ranger had a very dry sense of humor which was a welcome change from the other rangers we interacted with. 
  • 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.
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