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Amazing scenery. So many of the waterfall trails are closed off right now that we did that one- not to be missed!
We came back and took the hike to clear lake which is nice and you get to see some geothermal areas and clear lake is lovely. We backtracked back to Artists point since Uncle Tom’s is still under construction-
Parking lot was jammed but doable with many people only staying 15 minutes to catch the view.

Relatively easy summer hike with some gorgeous river/lake views. Not busy at all, we only ran into two other hikers. A big thank you to Nikhil's review, without which we wouldn't have brought the bug spray. Mosquitos were brutal.

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.

Did this trail in July 2017. Long stretches of packed snow near the top and hiked through a small snow storm. Very scenic, great overviews into the park and tremendous views from the top. Also, saw mountain goats grazing on cliff to east of lookout.

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

Trail is closed for the season

Beautiful hike! Longer than what it says here. Can't get far without a Bug spray though, the mosquitoes will suck you dry!

get there before 9 as parking lot turns into a tourist mess.. easy walk to the point but come back via clear lake - turns into a 10km walk near mud pots, beautiful lake view and views into Hayden Valley with the bison...

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1 month ago

Started this hike at 8am this morning. Made it to the observation tower by 9:30am. The trail was almost entirely in the shade during this time of day—a bit chilly, but not uncomfortable. Only three small snow patches remained that touched the trail—enough for some fun pictures, but not enough to impede the trail. Steady climb and a wide trail—enough for a small car to drive on. The wildflowers were abundant, particularly toward the bottom of the trail.

We saw marmots, a dusky grouse, and some goats off in the distance. Views are breathtaking throughout. We spent about an hour at the top enjoying the views. It only took us an hour to walk back down. Parking was easy at 8am, and only saw about 3-4other families on the way up. The trail was busier when we descended. Many families and folks of all ages making the trek. Parking was full by the time we left (around 11:30am).

A few asides: trail could definitely be rated “moderate” when there is no snow impeding (as is now). Also, there is a bathroom at the top in the observation tower.

Great workout in and out of the canyon!

Hiked this trail2 years ago. Wonderful views from the top. Be sure to bring a jacket however, as it can be cold with the wind.

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1 month ago

This hike is mainly along a paved road and that was a big disappointment to me as I love traditional trails. I would rate it higher if that wasn’t the case. Once you get to the bridge, it becomes a dirt trail. The climb up to the bridge will get your heart rate pumping for a few minutes, but it’s worth it for the view from the top!

Hiked this in a near blizzard mid-June 2018. The trail had just opened, so there was still considerable snow on the trail, particularly near the summit. The fresh snow throughout the hike added a few more inches. The views were largely obstructed by the snowy conditions, but the trail was in great shape and presented one hell of a challenge and experience. Would love to do it again in better conditions with views of the park.

This routes much better then the easier, less strenuous/less challenging Chittenden road. We hiked up last week. Saw a Mountain goat and Fox. Great 360 central view of park at top. Definitely a must do hike.

Beautiful views of Yellowstone at the top. We saw mountain goats and marmots. I would rate this as moderate though (although I could see it being harder if there were more snow). It was also extremely windy at the top.

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1 month ago

This trail will kick your butt if your not in good shape. Its an interesting feeling climbing down and back up hundreds of metal stairs with the feeling "This could break at any moment". I really enjoyed the memory of this hike. Amazing photo op at the bottom of the falls.

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1 month ago

This trail is an excellent way to get views of the canyon and river. There's no shortage of overlooks along the way. As other reviewers have mentioned, the views at Point Sublime itself aren't great. You get much better views throughout the hike. I'd still say it's worth it to do the whole thing, but if you're pressed for time don't bother extending it to the Point.

The easy rating for this trail is accurate. There's some elevation change and a handful of steep points, but it's still overall very easy. There are lots of roots and a few logs to climb over to keep things interesting, but the trail should be easily navigable for most people. The whole thing is along the edge of the canyon, but it's not sloped so it doesn't feel risky at all.

If you have the time, I'd also recommend taking the offshoot of the trail towards Clear Lake. You pass by some very interesting thermal features and the lake is beautiful. I did this entire trail plus the offshoot to Clear Lake and back for about 5 miles total with about 600 feet of elevation climb. This portion of the trail is also easy.

Keep in mind the parking lot will be very crowded, but there's high turnover since many people just take a few photos at the point. You'll have the trail mostly to yourself. I didn't see any wildlife on the trail, though I heard plenty of birds.

I did this hike on July 1st and there was still snow crossings at 3 points on the trail. Two are in points where it's slippery but not much risk of sliding anywhere, and one is a steep slope where I'd recommend taking the higher path others have packed down, rather than trying to walk along the edge. The snow is deep but packed down, so you should be fine without snowshoes. This makes it slippery but manageable. Poles would help, but I didn't have any and was fine. Just take careful steps.

This is rated as hard, but I think it's more moderate. With the snow it's on the difficult side of moderate. The trail is uphill the whole way, but it's never particularly steep. The trail is wide and the footing is generally stable. There are lots of rocks and tripping hazards, but never anywhere where you risk sliding down. The way down is nice and fast.

It gets extremely windy at the top, to the point where I was blown to the side. Take your time and bring layers! I stopped for lunch inside the fire tower. The views at the top are completely worth the uphill, and you can enjoy the views more on the way down. I saw a small herd of goats near the top, and a marmot.

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1 month ago

TH is located in the middle of a science/lab space within Yellowstone. service road makes for a nice meandering 2 miles in and a great 2 miles out. The hike down (and subsequently back up) to the falls is strenuous... but well worth it. one of the most amazing waterfalls I've ever seen!

Went yesterday, and there was still a lot of snow but plenty of families still reached the top.

Beautiful trail. Very muddy at the start. My 9.11.13 yr olds did this trails but they are used to trails like this. A lot of snow at the top- you have to hike on the snow since it covers the trail about 8-10 ft deep- some parts very intimidating. We made it to the observation fire tower and was awesome. I am not sure if I would do this trail if it was pouring rain with all the snow.

Amazing views and great trail. Be ready for a very wet hike if you go in June. I had to wade 2+ miles through 6 inch water. It was definitely worth it but it might be better later in the summer.

We started this trail at Artists Point as the early part of the trail is closed for reconstruction. The first mile is along the Grand Canyon and has to be seen to believe. Incredibly beautiful , if somewhat scary if you have a problem with heights. Then it veers off right via Clear Lake though mostly wooded areas which had a lot of fallen trees and muddy areas due to recent heavy rainfall to be negotiated. Hiking poles a big help. Our trip there & back totalled 8km , enjoyable but the first mile makes the trail.

Amazing views, saw chipmunks, and several foxes during hike. Mid June and much packed snow covered most of the path of upper trail making hiking very difficult in places, adding a nice thrill. Great hike!

hiked 6/21/18. I clocked 11.5 miles. we walked clockwise doing the 6.5 miles first. trail was flooded in places. took shoes and socks off twice on the way to the lake but was dry after that. gorgeous views the whole way. watch out for falling trees if windy. trail is obvious.

Great trail to see the south rim canyon without dealing with the larger crowds

1 month ago

It's closed, under construction. Looks like it will be for a while

We do this one each time we come nearby and each time it is different. Today it was still very snowy and you had to traverse some fairly deep snow packs on the trail (8-10 ft). But the view from the top was amazing as usual. Be prepared for strong winds as you get higher. The last 100 yards are the worst.

This trail is full of great views!! We didn’t quite make it to the top. It’s currently about 40% full snow cover which becomes difficult when it got slushy later in the afternoon. A couple people we were hiking with were wearing tennis shoes otherwise we would have braved the top of the snow ridge. That with the high winds was enough for us to call it at the end of the last switchback where there is a fantastic view.

Not very scenic, but a good hike

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