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I hiked this at the end of August and there was a lot of snow. I almost got blown over by the wind at the top! It is steep the whole way up except for a few spots. If you are doing it, come prepared with water and layers.

I hiked this trail with my 50 year old mother. If she can do it, you can too. That being said there is a point about a mile in that the trail path got obscured. My mother and I ended up climbing the mountain off trail for a while until we met back up with it. We we're able to take the trail down the whole way. The view on top is beautiful, but make sure you're prepared with hiking equipment and a positive attitude.

Wanted to see wildlife, but the lake was pretty bare. A good hike with small ups and downs. Distances are accurate at 6.1 miles around. There ARE bears around. About 2 miles from the end of the loop (counter clockwise) we saw 2 grizzlies cross the trail from us about 50 feet away (fortunately running away from us). We never made as much noise as in our life for the rest of the loop. Coming back, about 2 miles from the trailhead we saw several cars pulled off from the road. About 200 yards away were two very large male grizzlies eating in the meadows (one on grasses and berries and one actually tearing apart some sort of carcass). Very impressive, but somewhat unsettling knowing that these were so close to the trail. This is bear country so carry your bear spray, but the hike was beautiful with the most impressive trees we had ever seen.

Trail closed :(

1 month ago

Trail Closed. 9/30

road closed middle end of September

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1 month ago

This was a challenging hike, and steep at times but slow and steady wins the race on this one. The views at the top are incredible! You can see all the way to the Grand Tetons. But make sure to bring warm layers for the top, it was a beautiful sunny 65 degree day at the bottom but incredibly windy and cold at the top. Thankfully people have built small rock wall barriers that you sit in and eat and relax at the top. We made it up in 2hrs 20min and it took about 1hr to get down. Coming down was challenging at points because of the steepness coupled with all the loose rocks and dirt, I recommend finding a walking stick.

A great hike to test your legs and your stamina!

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1 month ago

August closed

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1 month ago

Very nice view 360 degree view from the top including Yellowstone Lake and other mountain peaks. Not an easy hike and the 4.1 mile distance is definitely off. My Apple Watch recorded 5.53 miles, someone should get this distance updated. I was hoping to see some bighorn sheep or a grizzly at distance but didn’t see either. Challenging but well worthwhile hike.

Great hike! Being from Washington and sea level, the elevation was the biggest challenge, like some others have said. My husband and I could not catch our breaths by the time we were about halfway up! Gorgeous views though of the park, lake, and mountain ranges.

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2 months ago

This hike was HARD but so worth it! I consider myself in shape however the elevation kicked my butt. I panted the whole way up because it is quite literally a constant incline. It gets a little sketchy up top with loose rocks that make you feel like you might slip right off the Mountain. The views are spectacular throughout though! I’ll be sore for days but I’d do it all again! I think the distance should be edited - my Fitbit tracked 3.05 miles one way - which would make this hike 6.10 miles not 4.1.

it is just beautiful. easy walk. sept. very cold in morning

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2 months ago

Short and rewarding hike. It was a steady climb most of the way with a lot of rock scrambling towards the last 1/2 mile, but I didn’t find it particularly challenging. I reached the peak in about an hour and 15 minutes and down in less than an hour. Great views at the top but it is very windy so layers are a must!

We only hiked the main section. Didn't brave the steps all the way down. breathtaking view and afterwards we saw three bucks in velvet having a little snack.

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2 months ago

Tough hike. But worth the pain.

It is worth the pain.

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3 months ago

Actually I don't think this fall is as good as many other falls in Yellowstone, while the trail is very short and won't consume many time.

A great hike. Nice off the beaten path Yellowstone activity. Climbed/hiked with my three daughters, ages 13, 17 and 17. It’s definitely steep in places going up (tougher grade while you’re still in the trees) but consistent walking should get you up in 2-2.5ish hours. Once you’re up, the views are amazing. Good stereotypical Rockies peak hike of woods, basin, talus/scree and summit zones. We live in NC and did this as an acclimatizing hike prior to 4 days of backpacking on the Teton Crest Trail. Worked perfectly for what we needed and my kids enjoyed it a ton. Hiked in mid-July and only crossed one easily-traversed snow field.

Easy walking trail though you might get a bit winded. We walked down to lower falls but could also see the upper falls. Fantastic view!! Worth it. Lower falls has a platform right at the falls so you can be at the edge and see the water go over, super cool!

We went at 8 am and were the only ones there to start. Maybe 10 cars by the time we finished. Very beautiful! I would say easy for sure. The trail was tight due to overgrown foliage but not rocky We saw a huge bull moose about 2 miles in if you walked counter clockwise.

We did this hike with 30 high schoolers at the end of July. It was definitely a trying hike, and the incline was tough, but the views at the top can't be beat. The wildflowers were incredible as well.

The part of the trail that goes by Uncle Tom’s trail is closed right now. So parking is tricky and you’ll have to either turn and go back instead of looping or walk down the road instead.

La montée peut être quelque peu demandante, mais wow pour le spectacle visuel!!!!

I was reading post and reminiscing. I did this hike about 15 years ago with my some who was 15 at the time. I didn't think is was too difficult of a hike, although pretty steep in some areas. I remember it being very windy on top and the views were amazing. If you are in Yellowstone make the time to do this hike. You will remember it forever.

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3 months ago

Fantastic hike with spectacular views. I didn’t think Yellowstone had hiking like this (for day trips at least) - you really get to see the park from an amazing elevation. The top is very windy but there’s a ton of little rock bunkers to sit and hang out in and take in the views. I tracked it as closer to 5.7miles RT. Took about 3 hours with plenty of stops on the way up for pictures of wildflowers and to catch my breath :)

partially shaded trail through tall pines as you make your way up the mountain. not much visibility til you get towards the top, but the peak is pretty. the long switchback made the grade more manageable. not sure I would put this on my list again. There's several other hikes in yellowstone with more to see.

This isn't really a hiking trail, you drive right up to the basalt columns. I am a geologist so I rate it high because you can get right up to the columns.

I did trail in July 2017. Interesting views and unique perspective of the falls. Stairs, stairs and more stairs.

Great short, all around hike that includes so much of Yellowstone scenery. Only down side was construction on the trail so had to change course a bit and hike on road to pick up the trail again. Otherwise super hike for all abilities.

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