Brink of the Lower Falls Trail

Brink of the Lower Falls Trail

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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA3,168 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
The Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is an approximately .08 mi/1.3 km down-and-back trail leading to a popular viewing area directly overlooking the Brink. My wife and I hiked this trail during the latter half of September 2022.

To reach the trailhead, head south from Canyon Junction along Grand Loop Road for about 1.2 mi/1.9 km and look for the North Rim Drive turnoff. This is a one-way road that takes you to four accessible views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the first of which is the Brink of the Lower Falls. NOTE that there are flush toilets adjacent to the parking lot. Also NOTE that during peak seasons the parking lot can fill up very quickly, so get there early or be prepared to park away from the trailhead.

As you approach the trail you will see a sign directing you either to the trail or the overlook (which is fully accessible; the trail is not). From there you will begin the 328 ft/100 m descent down 10 long switchbacks with a good deal of tree cover; it's pretty steep, so those with knee or hip issues may find this part a challenge. When you get to the bottom there is a viewing platform from which you are treated to three distinct and impressive views: In one direction there is the churning Yellowstone River as it rushes toward the fall, in the middle is the fall as it drops 308 ft/94 m into the canyon, and in the other direction is the Yellowstone River cutting its way through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The return hike is a relentless ascent and seems longer than its 0.4 mi/.64 km. If you find yourself straining to continue, take your time and take frequent breaks as there are benches and rock walls where you can rest at the end of many of the switchbacks. The main message here is not to underestimate the hike just because it’s relatively short. It’s strenuous, but we felt the payoff was well worth the effort.
Written October 25, 2022
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Tonya M
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
What can be said. It’s a great way to get close to these beautiful lower falls. Going down and up these switchbacks is hard. I and my 11 year old took a few breaks coming up. Still- it’s worth it. We continued to hike the full north rim trail. It was awesome. You can also just drive to this and hike down to the overlook. You won’t be sorry. It’s amazing if you enjoy water falls and rock canyon views.
Written August 10, 2021
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jesse o
Jackson, WY6,518 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I wrote earlier this year that I feared it was closed till 2021 but the work period was much shorter than expected so I apologize for misinformation. I saw in early September it was wide open. This continues to be one of my favorite places in Yellowstone.
Written November 18, 2020
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Mark T
Maumee, OH253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I loved this little hike. If you are in shape, it is a nice little hike. There is a lot of elevation change with several switchbacks. If you are not in shape, you can still go as there are benches at the end of almost all the switchbacks to rest at on your way back to the top. The view of the falls at the bottom makes it all worthwhile.
Written September 2, 2021
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Smilin' Trey
Cincinnati, OH193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The switchback hike is very well worth it to get to the brink of the Lower Falls. Powerful beauty. Plus, great over look at falls.
Written August 14, 2021
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919angeliaw
Pearland, TX232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Go see both sides of the canyon, brink of upper falls and brink of lower falls. Both sides are amazing!! The canyon is just unbelievable- don’t skip the area. There’s lots of angle to view
Written June 24, 2021
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parksvisitor
Maple Grove, MN1,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This is definitely a hiking trail and not an easy overlook, but having said that, most will be able to navigate the hike down to the falls viewpoint. While the view of the falls itself is somewhat limited by the crazily close proximity, the views up and down river are great.
Written November 28, 2020
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dreamspeaker
Middleton, WI482 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
This is 3/8 of a mile, 600 feet descent path. That doesn't sound bad at all, does it. Until you think about the fact that 600 feet is like 60 stories in a building with 10 foot ceilings. It is a LONG way down. And what goes down must climb back up.
My husband nearly killed me walking down this path. He was so excited to see the falls. He said I could have walked back on my own had I had enough, but the path is through forested area and I was worried to be a solo hiker (bears).
The switchbacks are not paved. I'm reading this sometimes, so I feel like I need to set this straight - they are dirt and gravel and some exposed roots. Still, they are smooth, not rutted, and not so steep that you would slip. There are also plenty of benches (I visited each on my way back up). If you are not used to altitude, please do be careful and take your time coming back up. I was very breathless.
The good part: the bottom does literally take you right to the edge of the lower falls. It's an amazing spot. You can feel the spray and the power of the falls.
Written July 4, 2019
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Kokopelmana1
Vernal, UT42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This is my favorite view in Yellowstone. Great childhood memories and my goal was to hike the trail to Lower Falls below the overlook on this trip. I’m in my 50’s and moderately active. I live at 5200 altitude. I walk frequently so I wasn’t worried. The view is sooo worth it and the adventure!! It’s steep with a lot of steps. The trek up is slower for everyone. The altitude creates a pretty even playing field. Do it!
Written September 27, 2023
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VLW
Kellyville, OK1,904 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This asphalt trail drops about 600 feet from the parking lot to the brink of the falls, and is in bad shape in some areas, but is doable. Be careful going down if it has been raining, the trail may be slick in some places. It switchbacks down the side of the canyon wall and has areas to stop and sit to catch your breath. My 70+ year old friend has also done it twice with no issues. Of course going down is easier than coming back up, but again, there are rest areas along the way. At the brink, the view is amazing. You can hear the roar of the falls as they make their way over the edge. Depending on the time of year/amount of water, the color of the water may be a dark green or brownish. I've seen it both. You may spot osprey flying around looking for their next meal. If you are able this is a great side trip to make.
Written October 11, 2019
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