Uncle Tom's Trail, Yellowstone National Park

#2 of 40 in Historic Sites in Wyoming
Historic Walking Area · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
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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  • Still closed, did the South Rim trail from Uncle Toms to Artists Point instead. Great views from there. Hope they are able to eventually reopen this trail as well.  more »
  • Although the trail itself to the bottom of the Falls with the mini stairs is closed. There are many options off this trail to hike including two lakes and other areas. Wonderful view points of the...  more »
  • It’s pity that you can’t go to lower fall due to the snow at the top. But we didn’t really see any snow for lower part of trail. Hope the staffs are willing to clean this part of trail so we can have directly access to lower waterfall. At the same time, you still can have view on upper falls.
  • Paved and great views. Very easy. Beautiful. There was 300 steps but that portion of the trail was closed as of July

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