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Tricky stairs, beautiful waterfalls

A very crowded trail, with too many people not fit enough to climb down and back the stairs...The stairs are pretty well maintained but you have to be careful. Mostly you have to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Zelen18
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Calgary, Canada
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Calgary, Canada
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very crowded trail, with too many people not fit enough to climb down and back the stairs...The stairs are pretty well maintained but you have to be careful. Mostly you have to wait to get to the last platform to admire the waterfalls and take your pictures. It is a beautiful area.

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Fresno, California
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174 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

Uncle Tom's Trail is at the South side of Grand Canyon and Lower Falls of Yellowstone, accessed through South Rim Drive. Using Uncle Tom's Trail, you can have a close-up face off with the electrifying Lower Falls. Uncle Tom's Trail consists of over 300 steel steps built down the south wall of the Grand Canyon. The views are awesome throughout... More 

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2 Thank IheartZephyr
North Port, Florida
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31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

I skipped it the first time we went. The second time I braved it with my husband. Yes there are a lot of steps. Yes it is a little scary but safe. Yes I would do it again. No I would not take small children or elderly relatives.

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3 Thank nevadatraveler13
Livermore, California
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65 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

There are a zillion stairs with about three pull-out platforms for photos. It is worth the arduous hike down to the last platform and the strenuous hike back up those stairs.

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Newberg, Oregon
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101 reviews
44 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Anyone's list of sites to see in Yellowstone ought to include the Canyon area with the two waterfalls, Upper and Lower, both of which are accessed from the parking lot that you'll see on your left shortly after crossing the Yellowstone River on S. Rim Rd. (from Grand Loop Rd.). See Upper Falls first, then hike to other side of... More 

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Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Bit of a climb down the metal staircases but well worth the view. Due to altitude also a harder climb back up

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1 Thank dianakh
Montana
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 November 2016

My 13-year old son and I did this trail yesterday - AFTER - we did the hike from Upper Falls TO Lower Falls (Artist Point) and back to the Trail Head for Uncle Tom's Trail. If you want to just do the Uncle Tom's Trail, and you are in relatively good shape (meaning, you do some sort of up and... More 

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5 Thank MTsingledad
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594 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016

Seeing the falls from this side is significantly different from the other side, making it completely worthwhile doing. It is a harder slog getting back up, so do bear that in mind before making the descent - saw a woman in tears, feeling unable to make it back up.

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Saratoga Springs, Utah
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

After reading the reviews, I really expected Uncle Tom's Trail to be a heart-stopping experience -- either from fear or exertion -- but it was not too bad at all. We took a large group with kids 7-12 and they all did just fine (even my 10-year-old who is prone to anxiety). The views were well worth the climb, although... More 

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Westville, Indiana
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358 reviews
284 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 256 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

I've read the trail guides that state this trail is a "must do" if you're in the area. That's a matter of opinion. While I'm glad I took this hike, if you're physically unable to walk up several flights of steep stairs, don't feel like you missed out. Like other reviewers have said, there are other views just as good... More 

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