Uncle Tom's Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews
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Uncle Tom's Trail is a 0.7 mile 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 birding and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
442 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Uncle Tom's trail is a quick but strenuous hike that ends near the base of Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park. The following information was taken from the Canyon Area Trail Guide, which is available at several trailheads in the Canyon Area. For an unparalleled canyon and waterfall experience, take a deep breath and descent this trail. A series of paved inclines and more than 300 steps lead you about 500 feet down into the canyon. Your destination is a platform from which you can see, hear, and feel the power of the Lower Falls.

hiking
9 days ago

Stairs, and lots of them. Absolutely a must do trail If you go to Yellowstone. The bottoms allows you to get stunning photos of the Grand Canyon of Waterfalls. If you've even wanted to see the base of a waterfall, do this trail. It's completely breathtaking and virtually impossible to take a bad photo whether you are using a cellphone, DSLR, Bridge, or point and shoot. As far as if you are looking to carry camera gear, be careful. After all the hiking and calories burnt climbing the over 300 steel steps to the top , be sure to stop and get yourself a Wilcoxson's huckleberry ice cream sandwich ... or a boxful.

21 days ago

The stairs coming up were certainly tough but the falls were beautiful and I enjoyed this trail.

walking
1 month ago

Don't let the stairs put you off. This is a neat little side trip

1 month ago

2 months ago

Worth all the stairs!

2 months ago

the trail was closed today

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views. Unique with lots of flights of stairs that border the falls. Many people took breaks along the way, but if you want a good challenge, hustle to the bottom, enjoy those beautiful falls, and hustle back up for a great workout.

hiking
3 months ago

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4 months ago

This trail is short, but a LOT of stairs. It doesn't seem like it going down, but going up you can certainly feel it. The view is pretty, but I think there are some better shots from up top.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Beautiful view of the lower falls

hiking
4 months ago

Short but beautiful hike. The stairs are metal and spiked (great for snow melt and traction, not great if you fall on them) Not difficult to navigate but are pretty steep. If you are reasonably fit and willing to take your time, you will be okay. You end at a nice platform near the lower part of the falls. It's a unique view and fun to photograph from. Take your bear spray. We saw bear scat on the trail. Note: You can also access this trail from Artist's Point.

hiking
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8 months ago

Short and Steep, but beautiful nonetheless. Great view from inside the canyon