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Uncle Tom's Trail

Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This trail descends over 300 steps that are built upon a metal stairway that clings to the side of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. It's easy going down, and very difficult going up! But there are places to rest and it is definitely doable for someone in average shape. I would not attempt this hike if you are very... More

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Hartford City, Indiana
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We did this with our four girls ages 3-12 & loved it! It is a long way down & a strenuous climb back up but it is well worth it for the awesome views of the falls! The girls loved it & have referred to it as their favorite trail. Unless there's a physical disability anyone can do this as... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This was a much better view of the falls than the other side(brink of the falls) It is quite a climb , but certainly worth it. Take you time coming back up but most anybody should be able to do it if they take their time. We even got pictures with a rainbow in the falls mist.

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Aurora, Illinois
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Make sure you are in good shape before starting, because it is hard to do 328 steep stairs. But, it was a must-see with gorgeous views of the falls and Grand Canyon. We saw a rainbow that connected the sides of the canyon in the mist of the falls, and I could have just sat and looked at it for... More

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

As many have already said here, it takes a lot of stairs to do this trail.( those with kids who need stroller should think twice, you 'll have to carry up and down the child. Similar advice for those with knee problems, back aches or physically unfit for some other reasons). Take your water bottle, some energy bars or chocolates... More

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New Delhi, India
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21 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This might be the most popular trail in Yellowstone. While this trail can be hard due to the climb up, the views up close to the falls are great and the family was glad that we did this trek. The views were great and the kids loved it.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Yes there are 300+ steps. But its a great sense of accomplishment and the view from the bottom can't be beat. Just make sure you are fit to do it before heading down. The kids loved it and made sure to count every last step.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Not easy to come down, and even worse going back up. But you are closer to the bottom of the Falls than on the north side, so worth it.

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Singapore, Singapore
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61 reviews 61 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Coming to Yellowstone, one may probably wish to experience some tranquility, such as the meadows, valleys or simply meditate in the midst of its vastness. So popping by the falls do provide one with a totally different experience and perspective of Yellowstone as well as photographic opportunity of another kind. Here, one will experience the sound, strength, and even the... More

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Beacon Falls, Connecticut
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26 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

This trail mirrors a route used years ago to bring people to a view point at the base of the falls. Uncle Tom would ferry people across the river and use ropes etc to help get people below the falls. The rope system has been replaced by a long vertical staircase. We are in our 60's and did the hike-tough... More

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