Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point

MODERATE 66 reviews
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Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point is a 8.3 mile lightly 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.

8.3 miles
1774 feet
Out & Back




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no dogs

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:

20 days ago

Entire North Rim trail to Inspiration Point is closed due to construction.

21 days ago

a bit snowy when we went in early may. It was amazing and got to see so unique views of the falls that others by pass. We also saw and eagles nest and little babies!

27 days ago

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4 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the park, if not in the USA. Beautiful hike on the edge of the canyon

6 months ago

breathtaking views!

8 months ago

9 months ago

After crossing Chittenden Bridge, this trail follows an old roadbed to Brink of the Upper Falls. The short walk down to Brink of the Upper Falls is easy, and the Upper Falls are pretty impressive from the edge.

A short spur trail leads to a nice view of slender, graceful Crystal Falls – quite a contrast to the raw power of the Upper Falls.

Although we knew the North Rim Trail was closed from Grand View Point to Inspiration Point, we DIDN’T know that the trail from Crystal Falls to Brink of the Lower Falls was ALSO closed for trail repairs. Consequently, we walked along the roadside until we could pick up the trail again.

The steep trail down to Brink of the Lower Falls is one switchback after another, but this heavily traveled trail is in good shape. The climbout from Brink of the Lower Falls will wear you out! Just take your time and stop frequently to catch your breath like nearly everyone else is doing. Same goes for the climbout from Red Rock Point.

Although the North Rim Trail beyond Grand View Point was closed due to work being done at Inspiration Point, we didn’t mind turning around since the climbouts from Brink of the Lower Falls and Red Rock Point had tired us out.

Recommend starting this hike early in the morning to minimize the crowd factor. Interestingly, the Lower Falls seem to get more impressive the farther away you get from them. (Wonder how much more impressive they would have looked from Inspiration Point?) As usual, water, snacks, and sunscreen are all advisable.

Walking the entire North Rim Trail definitely beats driving from one parking lot to the next in the car. It’s a much better way to experience the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

9 months ago

10 months ago

Great trail but we had to cut the hike short due to a thunder and lightening storm.

10 months ago

11 months ago

11 months ago

Coolest thing in the whole park if you ask me

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

If you only have time to do one of the two rim trails at the top of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, the South Rim Trail provides the better views of the river, the falls, and the canyon walls ... more colorful rock strata are visible as you look to the north wall of the canyon than on the north side looking at the south wall of the canyon. Small overlooks provide great opportunities for photos of the upper and lower falls. Inclines are steep at points; a set of switchbacks make the most significant altitude changes easier.

Much of the trail proceeds through pine forest. Parts of the trail are closed even into the early spring. Going can be muddy and therefore slippery in some places. But the views are so spectacular they almost look like digital pictures. Only downside: for whatever reasons, more people are on this South Rim trail than the North Rim trail.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Monday, April 04, 2016