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Address: Yellowstone National Park, WY
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Not for the Frail or Sickly

I loved this hike, even though I had to be talked into taking it. There are A Lot Of Stairs, so take your time and enjoy the view. Wear good walking shoes, and stop to enjoy the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
USAExpat555
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Nanjing, China

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Nanjing, China
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64 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I loved this hike, even though I had to be talked into taking it. There are A Lot Of Stairs, so take your time and enjoy the view. Wear good walking shoes, and stop to enjoy the views. We took water, snacks and had plenty of time. The view is worth the trip, and be sure to take many photos.... More 

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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was quite a walk and if you’re not to fit it could be struggle. However, a very worthwhile walk, with a fantastic view of the waterfall. What was a surprise was seeing snow in the shade when it was so hot out of the shade. If you’re in the area this is an absolute must.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were most looking forward to walking Uncle Tom's trail, of anything at Yellowstone - and it did not disappoint. Super hard for us office workers to get back UP the trail LOL but well worth the effort.

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Jackson, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Glad to see someone else counted the steps, too! Consider, also, at least 80 meters descent via trail above the steps and you should expect this to be a real workout to climb back out! One that is worth every step and every lungful of air. Mist from the fall creates a constantly shifting rainbow as the river and white... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

There are 330 steps down to the viewing platform. It is an incredible view of the falls. The 330 steps back up are not easy but we're 53 and never exercise. We made it back up fine. After the steps you have to walk uphill on the paths back to the parking lot. Take your time and you can do... More 

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McFarland, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Uncle Toms Trail was one of the highlights of our trip to Yellowstone! The trail descends gradually until you reach the stairs, which are a very sturdy and wide metal staircase. At the bottom the platform are some benches and you can take in the great view of the falls. Coming up is strenuous, we took a few breaks and... More 

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Atlanta
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

To me any stop or small walk is worth it to see a waterfall. Even the kiddos can do this one with ease.

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Thank Merrigypsy
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145 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

It takes a lot of steep steps, all the way down and back up. But hey! If women in uncomfortable dresses could make it work on rope ladders back in the day, there is no excuse for modern day tourists in their comfortable shoes and clothes to call it too much work. Take it slow if you have to but... More 

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washington state
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 402 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Don't let the naysayers fool you..this is a navigable metal stair walkway that's good for most folks' physical conditions. We had a fabulous time. There are a number of benches along the way for old guys like me. It does take a bit of time, as you don't want to slip on the metal stairs if it might be raining... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

First off, it's not as scary as I thought it would be based on others' reviews. But it is exactly as far down and back up as I expected. The view is phenomenal, and so is the sense of accomplishment for having completed the trail. Athletic 14yo son bounded up again without stopping (just to prove he could). 10yo daughter... More 

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