Disclaimer: if you have heart or lung disease or are in poor physical shape, do not take this trail. As much as it is a great workout that everyone should try, do not endanger yourself.
With that being said, this is a spectacular trail and a great way to experience what Yellowstone Falls really has to offer.
There are two ways to access this trail.
#1. From Grand Loop Rd, turn onto S Rim Drive. After 0.6 miles or 1km, you will see a left turn lane. Taking this lane will take you to the busy lookout of the two, but no fear because you can quickly snap a picture and head down good ol' Uncle Tom's Trail without further delay.
#2. If you continue another approximately 0.7 miles (a little over 1km) on S Rim Drive, you will get to another parking lot with a big sign saying 'Artist's Point'. I'm not sure as to whether or not that's where the trailhead for the Artist's Point trail is; you'll have to look at a different page for that. Parking here will give you the better view for the falls if you don't want to have crowds in your picture. However, you will need to take a 45 minute hike to even get to the trailhead for Uncle Tom's Trail. The hike (it's called S Rim Trail) starts near the outhouses. So, choose wisely.
Uncle Tom's Trail itself is a blast. The stairs are on the side of a rock face. It's basically all stairs if you didn't know. While there are safety railings for the entirety of the trail, life harnesses are not included. So, be careful, take breaks (there are benches) and get ready to enjoy a significantly less crowded view of the Falls.
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