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“This is a strenuous hike down and back!”
Review of Uncle Tom's Trail

Uncle Tom's Trail
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

Not for anyone that has respiratory issues or unfit as it is a steep hike down and back. There are some 300 stairs one way. It is perforated steel sheeting. Take your time and step carefully. Worth the effort for an spectacular view!

2  Thank Margot E
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

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.


2  Thank Jonathan L
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Reviewed 11 July 2017

We took the South Rim Trail and then came upon a fork in the trail. We made the choice to take the 328 steps to the bottom of Uncle Tom's Trail. This is a workout but take your time and you will be rewarded. There are places to rest along the way. The lookout perch gives views that are only visible after the step-master workout. Make sure to bring a water bottle. Not for small unattended children.

1  Thank Dan M
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Reviewed 9 July 2017

the trail really isn't hard: it's a 30' walk and then a lot of steps, but it's just that: steps. And the view is unique

2  Thank Jurgen B
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

The parking area is closed for renovation all summer 2017. If you go past the parking area you dead-end/turnaround at Artist's Point.....see our review for parking tips.

The stairs are open, but you must go to Artist's Point, park and walk the South rim trail, it's a pretty long hike. You're biggest challenge by far will be reaching Artist's Point and finding a parking spot. It's hard for us to recommend Uncle Tom's trail this year, unless, 1) you have lots of extra time, and 2) You're looking for a good hike. If you were going to walk South Rim trail anyway....bonus, as there will be far fewer people at Uncle Tom's.

5  Thank 2Vegans2wheels
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