Canyon Rim North Trail to Inspiration Point

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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.

7.9 miles
1,148 feet
Out & Back




nature trips

trail running



hot springs




wild flowers


no dogs

TEMPORARY CLOSURES: Inspiration Point Inspiration Point and Inspiration Point road are closed for reconstruction: expect completion in July 2018. This closure also includes the North Rim Trail between Grand View Point and Inspiration Point. North Rim Trail The North Rim Trail is closed between Cascade Falls and the Brink of Lower Falls, and between Grand View Point and Inspiration Point. During this closure, people will not be able to walk the full length of the North Rim Trail.

3 days ago

Almost gave the trail 4 stars due to all the closures that interrupted our hike because there were no signs warning us of them til we got to the closure— but the views were so breathtaking it’s still worth 5 stars to me. This trail was the highlight of my entire Yellowstone trip, 10/10 would do again.

8 days ago

We walked from the back of canyon village, south on the trail east of sunbeam and walked along the rim and down to red rock point. It was a great walk and the right amount for our 9 and 7 year old. We saw a sleeping bison in canyon village car park on the way and then a bull elk in the lodge car park in the way back. The views of the waterfall and the canyon were fabulous.

1 month ago

Trail was closed 1 mile in. Looks like it would have been a great hike.

2 months ago

Hiked in July 2016. Incredible, inspiring views from multiple lookouts along the trail. A bit strenuous in hot weather due to elevation gain, but exhilarating and not to be missed.

3 months ago

Great views of the Yellowstone Canyon on this. While there is the trail that can be walked in its entirety, there are also parking spots at various places so you can make this work however you please in terms of whether you want to hike it or just stop at the designated viewpoints. I went as the sun was setting and it was incredibly beautiful.

6 months ago

I didn’t hike the trail —we only went to the touristy section where you can see Inspiration point and the canyon. It was amazing. So beautiful. Probably one of the prettiest places in Yellowstone.

Grateful our Hiking group took the time to see this even though was w little crowded. Go early for fewer crowds.

9 months ago

Beautiful trail with amazing views. Hiked parts of it in July 2017. You can get right next to the head of Yellowstone falls and/or take some great photos at a distance as well. Not for small children.

10 months ago

Four stars because of the awesome scenery! Trail was closed in 2 places, so was unable to hike the entire thing. Pretty easy hike with lots of people.

10 months ago

many portions of the trail are closed for repairs boooo

11 months ago

Very short and easy. If you take the one-way drive you can stop at multiple points along the canyon rim and have amazing views at each one. I would recommend going down one of the trails that actually descends into the canyon some because that is where the best views are.

11 months ago

Unreal views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone!

11 months ago

AllTrails should really flag that portions of this trail are closed for rehabilitation

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Sections closed due to construction. I would wait until it reopens.

Friday, June 23, 2017

So many portions of this trail are closed for construction and the portions that are not are swarmed with people. There is also no reason to do this trail over the lower rim. The lower rim also has some semblance of a trail while the north rim is all on boardwalks and built up along the road.

Friday, June 02, 2017

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

Thursday, June 01, 2017

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!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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

Friday, December 02, 2016

breathtaking views!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

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.

Monday, August 08, 2016

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

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

The most beautiful place in yellowstone in my opinion... Love it here !!

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Breathtaking views

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Magnificent views.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Surprisingly this trail wasn't that crowded. It seemed everyone was driving from point to point instead of hiking it. Very beautiful. This trail can get much longer depending on how many of the overlooks and side trails you want to take. Wish there was another bridge so I didn't have to back track and could do both the North and South Rim.

Monday, September 07, 2015

just a few switchbacks and two or three bridges. gorgeous up and down trail that is worth it (unless you are injured or elderly I'd reconsider).

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Well worth it, a must see!!

Monday, August 03, 2015

Absolutely beautiful! Nothing quite like it! Definitely a must-see attraction while visiting Yellowstone!

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