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Fantastic views, short hike, many steps

We were recommended this hike by several people and it didn't disappoint. It's not long and you can be up and back in less than an hour including plenty of stops for photos, but... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Boulder, Colorado
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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were recommended this hike by several people and it didn't disappoint. It's not long and you can be up and back in less than an hour including plenty of stops for photos, but the trip back up is definitely tougher than the trip down. About 328 steps all up, it takes you about three quarters of the way down... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Go, Go, Go! If you made it as far as Yellowstone, do not miss Uncle Tom's Trail! With a canyon, waterfall, rainbow, river and snow all in one spot, it's the most beautiful place in Yellowstone. Yes, its tiring heading back up the steps, just take breaks...you will so thankful that you did it! Not only do you get to... More 

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Durham, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Uncle Tom's Trail is not really a trail - it's a metal staircase that descends 3/4 of the way into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, near the base of the waterfall. This is strenuous -- down is fine, but up is about 380 steps, bearing in mind that you're also at about 8,000 feet elevation. There are a series... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So this 'trail' is actually a set of many steps that take you about 3/4 of the way down the waterfall. It's a really fantastic vantage point that not many people get to see. However, if you're someone who has an issue with heights or anything like asthma, I'd skip this. I'm not the most athletic person in the world,... More 

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Roanoke, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

ALL the Yellowstone tour books mention this historical trail. ALL warn that it is strenuous, given the 8000+ altitude coupled with VERY steep steps down (easy) and back up (exhausting). Having just turned 59, a jogger, weightlifter and someone that is in good physical health, my 21 and 26 year-old sons challenged me to make the decent/climb. How does someone... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you don't have time for any other trail, just take this one. It is totally worth it. But don't do this unless you are reasonably fit. There are 300+ steep steel steps that descend into the canyon and you can get breathless very quickly. You can take the South Rim trail and get the same views of the Canyon... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's not a long hike, and the view is phenomenal. We saw a double rainbow and were entranced at the sound and sight. You can take your time coming back up.

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Lisle, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice, fast trip down the stairs to a landing area with incredible views. Slower trip back up but very doable for mostly everyone if taking your time & taking breaks when needed. There are benches throughout the trail. We got lucky and saw the cutest marmot on the way down. Very popular hike - expect a lot of people.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The South Rim is our favorite part of the National Park. Taking the many steps on this trail is worth the effort for the view you obtain at the bottom.

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Loris, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wanted to go look at it but the hike to it was very difficult. I wish we could have seen it but was told the upper falls were just as nice.

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