Uncle Tom's

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming 82190

Elevation Gain33ft
Trailhead Elevation7,744ft
Elevation Min/Max7744/7778ft
Elevation Start/End7744/7744ft

Uncle Tom's

Uncle Tom's is a hiking trail in Park County, Wyoming. It is within Yellowstone National Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 7,744 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 33 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and parking. The trail ends near the Lower Yellowstone Falls attraction. This trail connects with the following: South Rim.

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Hiking Yellowstone National Park (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"A dramatic trip into the depths of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone."
Day Hikes in Yellowstone National Park (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"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."

Uncle Tom's Trip Reports

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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.
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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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Trail Information

Yellowstone National Park
Nearby City
Yellowstone National Park
Skill Level
Yellowstone National Park
Local Contacts
Yellowstone Association’s map/brochure for Canyon; Trails Illustrated Tower/Canyon; USGS Canyon Village
Local Maps

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