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Uncle Tom's Trail

Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Type: Historic Walking Areas, Sights & Landmarks
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New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
44 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
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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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is one of the few trails where it's very easy to reach the view point. The challenge is climbing back the flight of 328 stairs. Yes, it does take a bit to climb that but nothing that you can't do (I am talking about people with no heart and breathing problems). But the views are worth it. The stairway... More 

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Rugby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

This was a challenging trail and possibly not for those not keen on heights as the steps to the viewpoint are long and steep. It paid to follow the advice displayed and not to rush your ascent on return but was definitely worth the effort.

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Salem, Oregon
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

They made this sound much more difficult than it it. Yes, there are a lot of steps, but it is not a long distance. People of all sizes and shapes were doing it.

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