Tower Creek Professional Reviews and Guides
"A pleasant walk in the woods near the Tower campground and store."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Tower Creek begins on the north flank of the Washburn Range and joins the Yellowstone River just downstream from the 132-foot Tower Falls. The Tower Creek Trail begins at the Tower Falls Campground in a forest of Douglas fir and Engelmann spruce. The trail parallels the north side of the creek up Tower Creek Canyon. The area, burned in the 1988 Yellowstone fires, is an interesting study of the effects of the fire. Notice how the fallen trees have altered the course of the creek and created new pools and eddies. The trail can be shortened to an easy, meandering creekside stroll of any length."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books).
"A popular and easy day hike to a spectacular waterfall. The trip to Tower Fall is one of the shortest but most rewarding hikes in the park. From the overlook (about 100 yards from the store), you get a great perspective of the 132-foot waterfall. Then by walking down a doublewide, carefully switchbacked trail for another 0.5 mile, you get the rest of the story. The trail takes you down to where Tower Creek disappears into the mighty Yellowstone River. From here you used to be able to take a short spur trail to your left over to the foot of the falls."
"This hike offers a walk along the Yellowstone River with the trail, steep walls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on each side. En route to the river are two separate locations to view Tower Falls. The first view is from an overlook along the trail. The other is from the base of this 130-foot falls with its volcanic pinnacles towering above."
"This easy jeans-and-tennis-shoes jaunt to an impressive waterfall is a perfect multi-generational affair, with something for the entire family. You can even leave the kids up top, at the general store, in the care of the jovial grandpas who will happily ply them with ice cream—and maybe even some fly-casting lessons in the parking lot. The trail is accessible from May through at least October. The water level of the falls is highest during spring runoff. The trailhead is accessed from the chaotic but ample parking area."
--Andrew Dean Nystrom, Top Trails Yellowstone & Grand Teton National Parks (Wilderness Press).
This trail has been limited to the falls overlook about 150 yards from the beginning. The continuation of the trail down to the yellowstone river has been closed since 2007. Great overlook but if you're looking to hike down to the river pick another trail.
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