Brink of the Lower Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Yellowstone National Park

Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is a 1.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until September.

Distance: 1.3 km Elevation Gain: 77 m Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

The Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is steep and might be rate Hard except that it is short and there are a lot of switch backs. But it is so worth it. So beautiful, so powerful! To stand right next to a big falls at the very point that the water cascades into space is nothing short of awesome. As the water thunders below it kicks up clouds of mist forming the most gorgeous rainbow For more on this special place as well as other adventures around the park checkout National Parks Hiking: https://nationalparkshikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.wordpress.com/2019/10/03/brink-of-the-lower-falls/

hiking
7 months ago

Yellowstone National Park

hiking
7 months ago

It's a winding path that drops 300 ft in elevation. My family and I hiked it when it was sleeting and 37°F. It was so cold, but it was definitely worth the hike.

hiking
8 months ago

Just hiked this again and it is worth the hike down and up. It's much more impressive in the spring as there's lots more water going over. But it still had decent flow in September. Lots of switchbacks down this trail. It's not for everyone. Doesn't take long at all to do this trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Very cool to be right on top of the waterfall. On sunny days, the rainbow is gorgeous with the water!

hiking
8 months ago

There seems to be a lot of talk about how difficult this trail is. It's only about a 200 foot rise with plenty of switchbacks. My wife and I are pushing 70 and we didn't have any problems with it. With the Brink of the Upper Falls and Uncle Tom's Trails closed, this is your closest view of the falls and you shouldn't miss it.

hiking
8 months ago

Upper falls was closed when I was in Yellowstone but lower falls is still beautiful . Steep on the way down and up with plenty of switchbacks

hiking
8 months ago

The switchbacks make this a very manageable hike back up from the waterfall view. Gorgeous view, but very crowded.

hiking
8 months ago

beautiful hike, definitely a leg burner, but it was worth it!

hiking
9 months ago

Switchbacks down and back up to see right where the falls go over. I enjoyed the view from the overlook better than being down there.

hiking
9 months ago

Steep, but one of my favorites. My kids 10, 8 and 5 all made this hike. it's paved, but too steep for wheelchairs or strollers. Amazing to be right at the top of the falls.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike to an amazing lookout. super steep and alot of switchbacks but it was worth it. The kids loved it. 5, 8 & 10 years old.

hiking
10 months ago

5 stars for the view alone. You’ll contend with crowds, and it’s super short so not much of a hike...but the view makes it worth it.

hiking
closed
rocky
10 months ago

Suuuuuper steep with lots of switchbacks and HEAVILY trafficked. But totally worth it!! The views are incredible. It should probably be rated as Easy though, as I saw 4 year olds and 80 year olds do it. It’s also super short, maybe 15 mins down and 20-25 up. One of the lookouts is closed.

hiking
11 months ago

Slightly challenging non-technical trek down to the lowest and closest view of the Lower Falls. Well worth the trip down and up.

hiking
11 months ago

Breath taking views.

hiking
11 months ago

The way back up is a killer but quite worth it for the amazing view of the falls. Definitely earns its moderate rating!.

hiking
Tue May 28 2019

steep but worth it

hiking
Mon May 27 2019

Do it

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Other than the quick 600ft elevation change. Great hike to see the top of the falls

hiking
Wed Jan 09 2019

Loved it! Way back up is tough but well worth the view at the bottom!

hiking
Sun Nov 04 2018

This trail was worth it! I recorded one mile of total hiking, and that took about forty five minutes. This trail is very steep and is switchbacks the whole way, so I highly recommend wearing sturdy athletic or hiking shoes. The trail is pretty broad; it can handle two way traffic. And the falls are so gorgeous. The sound of the water rushing off of the falls is so soothing. You can take breathtaking pictures. You can also see the Upper Falls, although not as well. Definitely an awesome adventure!

hiking
Tue Oct 23 2018

So many switch backs but a great little walk to see the waterfall.

hiking
Mon Oct 01 2018

lots of steps

Mon Oct 01 2018

lots of steps

hiking
Fri Sep 21 2018

Very pretty and worth the steep climb back up. It’s switchback trail that depends 600 feet.

hiking
Mon Sep 10 2018

Worth going down, not the best view but still helps get a sense of scale. Easy walk

Fri Aug 24 2018

unreal views. seriously looks like a painting.

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