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Uncle Tom's Trail [CLOSED] is a 0.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from May until October.

Length 0.6 mi Elevation gain 383 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Forest River Views Waterfall Wildlife Closed No dogs
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Note: As of September 24, 2020 users have reported that Uncle Tom's Trail (the stairs) is currently CLOSED. Please check with park for updates before leaving to hike this trail: https://www.nps.gov/yell/planyourvisit/conditions.htm Uncle Tom's trail is a quick, but strenuous hike that ends near the base of Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park. 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.

This strenuous trail is not recommended for people with heart, lung, or other health conditions. Much of the walk is constructed of perforated steel sheeting, so you should wear comfortable, flat-heeled walking shoes. Also watch out for ice in the early morning or in the spring or fall. Closed in winter and subject to closures in the spring and fall due to snow, ice, or other conditions.

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Elizabeth Stewart
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Still closed 9/21/20. Sad

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Shelby King
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Cullen Stevens
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Still closed 08/01/2020 - but beautiful when open

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Allison H
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Still closed on 7/17/2020

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Jordan L
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still closed 7-10-2020

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Jimmy Team T
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You can walk on the trail as far as it is connected to the South Rim Trail. But the stairs leading down to the falls (the coolest part) is closed.

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Becca Puntoni
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TRAIL IS CLOSED as of 6/19. Note that this is not posted anywhere in the park and you don’t find out until you get to the trailhead from the parking lot. Park Ranger said work is being done on this trail for the next year.

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Chris W
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Antonio Martinez
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As of 6/16/20, the trail remains closed.

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Ben Hoese
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All the other South Rim trails have re-opened, but UT's remains closed. Appears to be a maintenance thing, not covid.

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Damian S
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Closed

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Binna Kim
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This trail is closed probably due to snow

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Andrew Sullivan
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Trail is still closed

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Ed Donahoe
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Closed ......

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Robyn Runyan
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Trail is on south rim and went to Uncle Tom’s viewpoint. Paved trail easy walk.

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Stephen Zahner
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Nice paved area to see falls only 25 meters from the parking lot. Stairway to the trail was closed. Still breathtaking views of one large and one small waterfall.

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Tim W
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currently closed.

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Derrick Randall
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Stairs are closed right now

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Arnaud Houweling
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Closed at the moment. July 2019.

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hannah frala
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was so excited to do this trail but it was closed :/ 7/23

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Andy Kirby
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Uncle Tom’s trail is closed. But you can hike around the south rim Trail.

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Christina Nelson
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TRAIL CLOSED 7/7 due to unsafe conditions. Lots of mosquitos and loose gravel on the trail to the stairs.

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Matt McGee
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Bre G
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Was excited for the views but unfortunately trail was closed(the stair portion).

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Jamie Hess
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Amazing views of the lower falls! Snowy, slushy & a bit muddy on trail. Stairs are clear. Trail is technically still closed, but the trail was really busy despite the signs

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Corey Yoest
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Uncle Tom’s Trail closed due to snow as of 5/20/19. Canyon Rim South open, moderate snow still on trail.

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Lindsay Egelston
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Trail closed :(

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Shah Gi
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Trail Closed. 9/30

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