Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Crystal Falls Trail

MODERATE 47 reviews
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Upper Falls, Lower Falls and Crystal Falls Trail is a 3.8 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 April until October.

3.8 miles
462 feet
Out & Back



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

PLEASE NOTE TEMPORARY CLOSURES HERE: Brink of Upper Falls The Brink of Upper Falls will be closed for construction from July 2018 through the summer of 2019. 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. Uncle Tom's Point, Uncle Tom's Trail & South Rim Trail Uncle Tom's Point and Parking Area, Uncle Tom's Trail (the stairs), and the entire South Rim Trail are closed for reconstruction: expect completion in July 2018. Additional, short-term closures may occur throughout the year.

2 days ago

Closures really put a damper on our hike but we were still able to see all 3 falls from afar! Gorgeous views the whole hike.

8 days ago

The Upper Falls were closed so I was only able to hike the Lower. It’s steep in places and I travel with my preschooler so with the crowd of people and the edge of the trail dropping off abruptly in spots it was a bit nerve racking. The end result is absolutely amazing. Breathtaking. My sons enjoyed seeing the rainbow over the fall.

29 days ago

South Rim is closed at the moment. We were only able to go out to Artist View overlook.

3 months ago

Did both north and south rim. Did this after hike on Mt washborn in the morning and was a fantastic day moderate rating may be fair but also
Points a bit to the easier side in spots. Fun and most anyone can enjoy this

10 months ago

This was my best hike in Yellowstone that is a must do. The waterfalls looks spectacular and beautiful. I have not seen something like it before.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

I went on this trail during the 4th of July weekend so it was very packed with people. It was still an amazing experience and the views were great! There were multiple places to get great views and being able to get right next to the water flowing over really showed how powerful this waterfall was.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great trail! Be aware, part of the trail between bridge over S Rim Dr and beginning of Uncle Tom's Trail is closed for construction (in July 2017 at least).

Friday, June 23, 2017

We started this trail at the Wasili Lake trailhead and took the Clear Lake Branch. We took the trail past Clear Lake through an awesome Geo Thermal area and then connected with the lower rim trail. We then continued to Point Sublime and then turned back to Artist Point. The trail along the Canyon was very heavily trafficked as opposed to the Clear Lake part of the trail which was incredibly serene. Also there is construction in the Toms Cabin portion of the lower rim and the trail does not connect back down near the Original trailhead. We had to hike the last mile along the road. The main issues with this trail were construction and all the people.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This is a must see in Yellowstone.

Monday, February 20, 2017


Monday, October 10, 2016

The south rim trail is a great way to experience the Canyon, which was one of our favorite parts of Yellowstone. There are great views of the waterfalls, and the trek down the steep stairs of Uncle Tom's Trail gives another vantage and is worth checking out.

Saturday, August 27, 2016


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

This trail was amazing. I did it when there was still some snow on the ground in the month of June. was very muddy and wet, but well worth it. Amazing views all around. Very crowded area at times.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Some good views with a few steep hills. Very well traveled.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Went here with family years ago and loved it! Loved the falls, but trail quite crowded with tourists close to the falls overlooks.

Monday, February 29, 2016

was our favorite place to see in yellowstone absolutely amazing !!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Rolling hills, and nice views. This is called the South Rim Trail on the maps in the park.

Friday, September 04, 2015

beautiful hike! worth the effort

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Great views of the canyon. Definitely worth the hike. There are plenty of benches to rest on if you're worried about the intensity/elevation gain.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The views of the falls are absolutely stunning. Some of the biggest waterfalls that I've seen, and with the trail system you can get super close to the falls.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

When you get near the falls you can feel the power.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Favorite hike we did in Yellowstone, easy hike and great views of the falls and "Grand Canyon" you don't get from just the main overlooks

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Awesome!! This is a must see!! When you stand near these falls you are overwhelmed by the power of these wonders.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Super easy hike, absolutely stunning views.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Great falls and views of the canyon - just walked the overlooks since the trails were closed due to bear activity.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Amazing views! I love Yellowstone and have done several hiking trails here during our 4 day stay. I recommend this one - not as crowded as some of the other ones around the geyser basins. We saw an eagle chic in its nest on a jutting rock in the canyon and the waterfall is awesome.

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