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Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point

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Yellowstone National Park

Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 1,148 ft Route type Out & Back
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Hot springs Partially paved River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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Note: As of July 2020, the trail is closed at Crystal Falls due to restoration and construction work. Please check with the park page for more information.

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

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Henry Chyung
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Nice, easy trail with a number of good views of the falls, canyon, and river. Despite the snow, 30 degree temp, and a few slippery spots (ice, snow, and mud), I really enjoyed the hike because of the solitude and fresh, crisp air. Took less than three hours to complete.

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Eileen Kendall
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Jillian Anthony
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Gorgeous, rather easy hike. There are views of waterfalls and the Grand Canyon much of the way there, plus bathrooms and benches to rest at different viewpoints. Pretty busy and narrow during Covid times—bring your mask.

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Karen Talavera
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Carla Miller
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I'm rating this with 4 stars because of the amazing view you get of the canyon. Started it from the Lower waterfall viewpoint. It was fairly easy throughout, the trail is well kept. Started around 1 pm, there was shade along the way and it got windy at the top of the canyon, so maybe bring a wind breaker.

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Jeff Scott
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Ginny Tonneson
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Did the trail from Canyon Village to Inspiration Point. This section should be rated easy. The views were unbelievable! We met very few other hikers.

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Michael Mazzoni
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amazing trail with the most beautiful scenery you can imagine. mostly level, heavily traveled. a must see!

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Jacqueline Demko
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Lauren Benveniste
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Started at Grand view to inspiration point. Beautiful views and quite trail at 6pm.

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Jason Hoyt
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Kenneth Brown
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Mary Hare
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We started early on this hike and were SO excited but only a half mile in, we found it closed. It’s not marked anywhere... even at the start of the trail... and no one could tell me why the trail was closed which was disappointing.

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Kevin Blake
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So instead of working on this trail when the park was closed they waited till it was reopened?

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Dustin Baker
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Trail is in good condition and the hike is fine. Personally, would have preferred to stay at Painter’s Point.

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Andrew Schlichting
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This is a very busy trail so if you're looking to avoid crowds, it's probably not for you. That said, the views of the canyon and falls are good. I personally like the views of the canyon better from the South Rim, but the views of the falls are better from the North Rim. It's relatively flat so people of most abilities should be able to do it. There's also a lot of shade from trees during much of the hike.

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Black female in nature
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Walked the whole north trail until it close at crystal falls. It was fun! Going back to due the south trail soon

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Danny Adams
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Closed at Crystal Falls.

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Jasmine Tiger
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Emma Feitelson
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Only did part of the trail, but would definitely go back and walk the whole thing. Not too crowded. INCREDIBLE views of the canyon.

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Jason Davis
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CLOSED at Crystal Falls.

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Chris Coker
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Great view of the falls. Red Rock gets a better view but this is an easier hike.

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Richard Xu
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Great trail, but not as impressive in my opinion as many of the other features in yellowstone. I would do this again if I'm spending >1 days at Yellowstone, but else I would skip it.

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Katrina Droski
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Great trail, walked from the parking lot. Had a variety of sceneries. Snow, rocks, cool trails, trees, bridges, live animals, and water falls. First time hiking this trail. Worth the hike to the top. Great view of the lake. Was about 7 miles but easy. Even saw a moose on the way back.

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Lorenza J
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I’ve been coming back here for the past 4yrs and it never gets old! Super easy walk

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Mark Bitter
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While the first part of the trail is closed, you can hike it from the first parking are on the north rim. We just hiked from the easternmost parking area to Inspiration Pt and back. There were very few hikers and really nice views!

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Bailey Shertzinger
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The trail is closed :(

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