Uncle Tom’s Trail in Canyon Area – Yellowstone National Park

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  • Uncle Tom’s Trail is not for the faint of heart or those not in good health.  The first part of this trail is made of switchbacks that are fairly steep then it switches to metallic mesh stairs that make their way down the canyon wall – 328 of them to be precise. There are places to stop and rest, so take the time to enjoy the view and catch your breath.  Just know that the views of the Lower Falls will be well worth the effort and cannot be beat.  You will notice that there is still a patch of snow and ice and theses pictures were taken in early July of 2014.

    As you can tell from these pictures, my husband went on this hike by himself. By the time we got to this hike, myself and our children were exhausted and it didn’t seem like a good hike for a three year-old to go on, let alone our other children who were complaining of hurting body parts and aching bodies. It didn’t take him too long to go down the stairs, although he definitely got jelly legs by the time he got back. I’m terrified of heights, but I think it would be fun to go the next time we go. We’ll just have to plan our day better and go here first.

    I remember going on this hike with my Dad and my younger brother when I was 13 while my mom waited with the younger children in the car. I thought it was really cool and really scary and I’ve always wanted to go back. So I would try to plan your Canyons Area trip around this hike.

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