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. With our world travel planner, Yellowstone National Park attractions like Uncle Tom's Trail can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • This trail is really a series of steps that leads down to a viewing platform of the waterfall. It's really not a bad climb back up to the top. I actually enjoyed the view from the Brink of the Lower F...  more »
  • Check to see if it's open. It was closed summer 2017. Lots of stairs but an impressive view of Lower Falls.  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!
  • I wouldn't spend much time here visiting YS second time. Lower Falls are bigger ;)
  • 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.
  • 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.

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