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Do it for your health (and the views).

Burn some calories for great views of the lower falls. The steps are solid, but if you are afraid of walking over large drops on see-through steps, then skip. It will be busy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Burn some calories for great views of the lower falls. The steps are solid, but if you are afraid of walking over large drops on see-through steps, then skip. It will be busy once you approach mid day. It's a nice hike to add to a hike along the south rim trail. Remember you are at almost 8000 ft above... More 

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Yorkville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This was a nice jaunt with great views of the falls and the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. At the bottom, I was able to admire a rainbow. The walk down was really pretty easy, however, the walk up had me out of breath. There was platforms with benches were you could stop if you needed a rest, maybe at three... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Took this down and up and planned 40 minutes but it only took 20 minutes. About halfway up, the cool air starts to burn a little in the lungs...but lots of places to stop and rest. If you're healthy, do it.

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The Trail is nice and the effort in traveling it is worth it for the views. You just need to be sure that you are somewhat fit for the walk back and bring water if it is really hot. The key is to pace yourself. I saw an elderly gentleman do it just fine, he took his time and stopped... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Nice restroom with flushing water. You can see the upper falls and take the trail to the lower falls.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Want to get a good workout on your legs and lungs with the pay-day being a beautiful view of the falls? Then this is the adventure for you. Even our little elementary school kids enjoyed it, as we counted the 328 stairs to the bottom (the last one is kinda small, so don't miss it). A few benches along the... More 

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Keller, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Bring your walking shoes!! We did this on a warmer day, and at nearly 50 in decent shape I thought I was gonna die coming back up. Great view at the bottom

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

There is a short trail portion at the top but the bulk of the route involves metal stairs. If you are not in good shape, don't try to make the climb. It is easy going down but you see plenty of people struggling to make it back to the top. If you do make the trip, you will be rewarded... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We climbed down the 300+ steps to get a good view of the falls. It was well worth the effort. You can get a great view of the falls from the platform. Of course, you have to walk back up the 300+ steps to get to the top, which is always harder, but if you take your time, you will... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Very steep. This trail is not for those that have health problems or a fear of height. The staircase hangs from the side of the cliff without anything below.

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