Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point

MODERATE 52 reviews
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Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point is a 8.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, WY that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from May until October.

8.3 miles 1973 feet Out & Back

backpacking

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

hot springs

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Yellowstone National Park PO Box 168 Yellowstone National Park, WY 82190-0168 307-344-7381 (recorded information and an option to speak with someone) Additional info: http://www.nps.gov/yell/contacts.htm

hiking
3 days ago

breathtaking views!

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

After crossing Chittenden Bridge, this trail follows an old roadbed to Brink of the Upper Falls. The short walk down to Brink of the Upper Falls is easy, and the Upper Falls are pretty impressive from the edge.

A short spur trail leads to a nice view of slender, graceful Crystal Falls – quite a contrast to the raw power of the Upper Falls.

Although we knew the North Rim Trail was closed from Grand View Point to Inspiration Point, we DIDN’T know that the trail from Crystal Falls to Brink of the Lower Falls was ALSO closed for trail repairs. Consequently, we walked along the roadside until we could pick up the trail again.

The steep trail down to Brink of the Lower Falls is one switchback after another, but this heavily traveled trail is in good shape. The climbout from Brink of the Lower Falls will wear you out! Just take your time and stop frequently to catch your breath like nearly everyone else is doing. Same goes for the climbout from Red Rock Point.

Although the North Rim Trail beyond Grand View Point was closed due to work being done at Inspiration Point, we didn’t mind turning around since the climbouts from Brink of the Lower Falls and Red Rock Point had tired us out.

Recommend starting this hike early in the morning to minimize the crowd factor. Interestingly, the Lower Falls seem to get more impressive the farther away you get from them. (Wonder how much more impressive they would have looked from Inspiration Point?) As usual, water, snacks, and sunscreen are all advisable.

Walking the entire North Rim Trail definitely beats driving from one parking lot to the next in the car. It’s a much better way to experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

3 months ago

Great trail but we had to cut the hike short due to a thunder and lightening storm.

4 months ago

5 months ago

Coolest thing in the whole park if you ask me

hiking
6 months ago

If you only have time to do one of the two rim trails at the top of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, the South Rim Trail provides the better views of the river, the falls, and the canyon walls ... more colorful rock strata are visible as you look to the north wall of the canyon than on the north side looking at the south wall of the canyon. Small overlooks provide great opportunities for photos of the upper and lower falls. Inclines are steep at points; a set of switchbacks make the most significant altitude changes easier.

Much of the trail proceeds through pine forest. Parts of the trail are closed even into the early spring. Going can be muddy and therefore slippery in some places. But the views are so spectacular they almost look like digital pictures. Only downside: for whatever reasons, more people are on this South Rim trail than the North Rim trail.

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

The most beautiful place in yellowstone in my opinion... Love it here !!

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
1 year ago

Breathtaking views

hiking
1 year ago

Magnificent views.

hiking
1 year ago

Surprisingly this trail wasn't that crowded. It seemed everyone was driving from point to point instead of hiking it. Very beautiful. This trail can get much longer depending on how many of the overlooks and side trails you want to take. Wish there was another bridge so I didn't have to back track and could do both the North and South Rim.

1 year ago

just a few switchbacks and two or three bridges. gorgeous up and down trail that is worth it (unless you are injured or elderly I'd reconsider).

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Well worth it, a must see!!

1 year ago

Absolutely beautiful! Nothing quite like it! Definitely a must-see attraction while visiting Yellowstone!

hiking
1 year ago

Very beautiful views. Very busy in the parking lot areas but I parked and hiked instead of popping from parking lot to parking lot like most people and the trails between the parking lots were basically vacant. A staple of Yellowstone and a must see whether you hike it or car hop from parking lot to parking lot.

hiking
1 year ago

Hiking this trail from south to north is a pleasure. From Canyon Village head south and make a left at the Chittenden Bridge and park at the Wapiti Trail parking area. Walk back and recross the bridge and pick up the North Rim trail. It is an amazing walk - it is not that difficult and kids can do it easily.
There are some option viewpoints that will have a steep set of steps, but otherwise it is quite doable. The scenery is breathtaking. The canyon, waterfalls, and magnificant Yellowstone River is enchanting. Don't be put off by the crowds at the parking areas along the trail. Most of these folks are with bus tours or autos and they trail becomes more solitary as you move away from these areas. Best time to hike is early in the morning or later in the day.