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Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY

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More of a thing to say you did than a hike

Open grate steps leading down to a good view. Lower landing is closed so people crowd up and basically you go down the steps - full of people - stop, take pictures and return... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Open grate steps leading down to a good view. Lower landing is closed so people crowd up and basically you go down the steps - full of people - stop, take pictures and return up. It is on the south rim, stop at the first turn around. The obvious view of the upper falls is right there. Head to your... More 

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Seattle
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We hiked down a way on this trail and it was a bit difficult for someone with as many aches and pains as I have but still very enjoyable. There's a great, close view of the lower falls. A marmot came out of it's hole to entertain us and beg for food. We didn't feed it but got great photos.... More 

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Limington, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This long stairway goes down along the river and falls and is well worth the trek! The falls crash into the river at your level and is spectacular.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

I am absolutely love this trail! In my opinion, this is more strenuous than Mount Washburn! The view is awesome and double rainbows seem in every corner near the fall! A must do!

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

For me, it was so important that I got pictures from our trip to Yellowstone that truly captured the beauty of this area. Uncle Tom's Trail was incredibly picturesque all along the way! You pick the trail up off of the South Rim Trail on South Rim Drive. For the shortest hike, park at Uncle Tom's Point (bathroom facilities available).... More 

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Langley City, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

I'm in terrible shape - but I wasn't going to miss the opportunity to photograph the Lower Falls from the bottom of this trail. The walk down is relatively easy - it's down after all. It's the walk back that requires lots of water and patience. For my husband, who is in excellent shape, he ran down and and back... More 

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Apopka, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Uncle Tom's trail was the highlight of a week at Yellowstone National Park! The trail head is located in the Yellowstone Canyon area off of Artist Point Road. Park in the lot on Artist Point Road and follow the sign to Uncle Tom's Trail. The trip DOWN is a piece of cake and begins with a series of paved switchbacks... More 

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Eden, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Beautiful hike but you should be in reasonably good shape. The view is gorgeous, especially from the bottom. What always impresses me is the old ladders and steps that people 100 years ago (including women in long skirts) took. They also went right to the bottom of the falls.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

It is quite a climb down to see the waterfall, but recommended for the view. Walking poles are recommended.

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upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

The trail was very steep but it is well built and there are benches to stop and rest. It is not a primitive hike. Once you see the falls it is all worth it. There are rainbows emanating from the falls and it is just beautiful!

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