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Uncle Tom's Trail

Uncle Tom's Trail has more than 300 steps.

Uncle Tom's trail is a quick but strenuous hike that ends near the base of Lower Falls in Yellowstone National Park.

Trip Report: July 13, 2011


Uncle Tom's Trail at EveryTrail

The following information was taken from the Canyon Area Trail Guide, which is available at several trailheads in the Canyon Area.

Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park

For an unparalleled canyon and waterfall experience, take a deep breath and descent this trail.

Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park

A series of paved inclines and more than 300 steps lead you about 500 feet down into the canyon.

Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park

Your destination is a platform from which you can see, hear, and feel the power of the Lower Falls.

Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park
Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park

This strenuous trail is not recommended for people with heart, lung, or other health conditions. Much of the walk is constructed of perforated steel sheeting, so you should wear comfortable, flat-heeled walking shoes.

Uncle Tom's Trail in Yellowstone National Park

Also watch out for ice in the early morning or in the spring or fall. Closed in winter and subject to closures in the spring and fall due to snow, ice, or other conditions.