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Uncle Tom's Trail

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The Waterfall is great and there is a rainbow as long as the sun is out. But the bad part about Uncle Tom's trail is that that you have to go through an extremely steep stairway to get to the bottom of the area where you can actually see the waterfall

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This is quite the hike and not for the faint of heart. With that being said, there are many benches and resting points so even if you are not the most athletic, I recommend this trail. It is difficult but the view is worth it. After going down about 300 steps, you end up practically at the waters edge of... More

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It's a must-pay visit in YNP. Though it was a bit steep all the way down, but the scene was thrilling and amazing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It's beautiful to see the rainbow across the lower falls but the 325 stairs going down and then back up are grueling. Especially because you need to walk quit a ways to even get to the stairs.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

It's a strenuous climb back up (and we counted every step!) but so worth the view. The sight of the falls from the bottom is breathtaking.

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England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Great trail down the canyon to see the waterfalls from a wonderful vantage point. Be aware that there is a steep climb down via a large number of metal mesh steps which you will have to use to climb back up ! Well worth the effort though.

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Limington, Maine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

this hike traverses the hillside going down to the waterfall. It is paved switch backs and then 396 stairs descending down the side of the gorge. Going down was a challenge, coming back up was intense. Not recommended for someone who has difficulty breathing or medical issues that make climbing stairs hard. Unfortunately we did see some trash on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Get ready for a scary metal staircase. Once you see the view you understand why people have been doing this for decades.

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Glendale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Our canyon day started on the south rim of the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone and this was our first stop. The view is definitely worth the effort! If we had seen the steps from the north rim of the canyon, we may not have made the effort, but I am sure glad we did!!

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Hoffman Estates, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

It may sound intimidation, but it is worth the view. Take your time, the stairs can be steep at times, but the view from the bottom is incredible! It's also cool to know that there are a lot of people that cant make the journey, so you are part of a select few. Now, imagine it with ropes only...eeekkkkk

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