Canyon Rim South Trail to Point Sublime

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Canyon Rim South Trail to Point Sublime is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

6.4 miles
793 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

4 months ago

Went in late September and got there late so didn’t do the entire trail but will go back. Even at that time of year it was pretty crowded to start but thinned our as you got onto the trails.

6 months ago

Point sublime was supposed to be the best views of the trail but we passed many better vistas on our way to their. South rim is the shaded side in Autumn with the sun in the south sky. So expect colder temps and more snow than the on the North side of the canyon. In October 2017 we couldn’t get all the way to Uncle Tom’s due to construction. But it was still a nice 2.5 miles out and back from Artist Point to Point Sublime.

8 months ago

Stunning views at artist point but very crowded. We started on the trail to clear lake then went to point sublime and went to artist point and came back by the road. I wouldn't recommend point sublime, it's a worse version of artist point.

9 months ago

While the upper part of the trail is beautiful be aware that the trail from the bottom of South Rim road up to Artist's Point is closed for construction. We hiked up toward Clear Lake from the parking lot and then followed that trail over to meet up with the upper portion of South Rim trail.

9 months ago

Stunning views of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. Doesn't gain a lot of elevation even though you're on top of the world. You're not hiking up or down so much that you feel burned. Truly unforgettable and a must see in Yellowstone.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

The best hike in Yellowstone! Gorgeous views of the canyon area. Easy enough for kids to enjoy. A trail that will touch your soul!
Skip Point Sublime (not that interesting or sublime) & take the Clear Lake Trail back to make a loop.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Having hiked the North Rim Trail from Chittenden Bridge to Grand View Point the previous day – including side trips to Brink of the Lower Falls and Red Rock Point (both with rather tiring climbouts) – wife and I decided to start our South Rim hike at the Uncle Tom’s Trail parking lot rather than at Chittenden Bridge. This shortened version still provided plenty of enjoyable hiking and incredible views.

Artist Point was, for us, the ideal location to see and photograph the Lower Falls and those incredibly colorful canyon walls. I choose to believe that the story of Thomas Moran weeping because his palette didn’t contain enough colors to adequately capture the canyon is factual rather than apocryphal.

The trail from Artist Point to Point Sublime is delightful, with lots of amazing views of the canyon and the river below. Because the young man at the information desk at the Canyon Visitor Education Center had told us that the hike from Artist Point on out to Point Sublime wasn’t really worth it, we almost didn’t hike the South Rim Trail beyond Artist Point. Although the views from Point Sublime might not be considered “sublime,” this portion of the trail was probably our favorite. This segment of the South Rim Trail includes several fairly steep inclines, but nothing terribly strenuous. We enjoyed a rest break at Point Sublime (visiting with a nice young couple from Canada) before heading back.

In our opinion, hiking the South Rim Trail is the only way to fully appreciate the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Although nearly all of the trail is shaded, sunscreen and plenty of water are (as always) a good idea. And always hike with your bear spray!

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