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Review of Uncle Tom's Trail

Uncle Tom's Trail
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Reviewed 6 August 2017

Uncle Tom's Trail is supposed to be very cool but has been closed for construction for the last few years... still closed in July 2017.

3  Thank formykids135
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

To be this close to Lower Falls and go below the level of the waterfall is well worth it. We took lots of pictures, because the attraction is a place that reflects the power of nature and the scale of the West. It reflects the divine nature to me, and it reminded me of the smallness and fragility of human life in the face of nature's ferocity.

1  Thank SWVA_Traveler
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Reviewed 3 August 2017

On our visit last week to the South Rim, Uncle Tom's Trail was closed for reconstruction. It used to be accessable via the South Rim trail at Artist Point, but that trail is closed as well. There is no indication when it will reopen. You could see the steps on the trail from the brink of the Lower Falls and it looked like it would be a fun 'hike'.

2  Thank CCLoop
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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!

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.

Enjoy!

2  Thank Jonathan L
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