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Uncle Tom's Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This downhill hike along Uncle Tom's Trail utilizes a steep metal stairway into the 24-mile long Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. These steps take you to an overwhelming view of the canyon at the base of the 38-foot Lower Falls. This trail offers close-up views of the rock spires and hoodoos in the eroded canyon walls. This hike is strenuous and not recommended for anyone without a healthy heart and lungs."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
Short, but intense hike that winds through the woods then down a steep, metal staircase with a rewarding view at the end. This was my wife's favorite part of the entire park.
The review is right, this is a strenuous trail. But the end view is well worth the wear and tear. My 14 year old daughter had a recent sprained ankle and I (46) suffer from the residuals of torn ligaments in my knee. My daughter was up and down fairly quickly. There are lots of steps, so my knee did hurt a bit. The steps on grated metal and you can see a ways down, so those of us with a little fear of heights do face a problem. At the bottom of the trail, however, is a tremendous view of the falls. Also, at this time of year, lots of snow added to the ambiance. The hike up was about 4 times longer than the hike down, how does that happen. But there are benches and landings on which to rest. A real feeling of accomplishments results from making it back to the top.
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