Hike Uncle Tom's Trail

Wyoming Uncle Toms Trail

Added by Derek Tice

328 stepsShort but strenuous hikeScenic view of the Lower Yellowstone Falls from 3/4 of the way down the canyon

If your in the Yellowstone National Park, this is a must do. The trail/stair case is visible from the opposite of the canyon, weaving its way down the canyon wall to a nice outlook at the base. Once we saw the staircase we knew we had to do it. When you're in the Yellowstone Canyon area, travel down the Artists Point Road and park at the parking lot at Artists point.

Uncle Tom's Trail is more of a stairway then a trail. After a few switchbacks in the trail, you arrive at the first few concrete steps. These steps abruptly turn into a metal stair case that takes you along the canyon wall. With 328 steps, the metal staircase takes you 3/4's of the way down the canyon wall to give you a nice vantage point of the Lower Falls. Be careful, going down the stairs is easy, getting back up is a different story. But if you think this is horrible, imagine Uncle Tom touring groups this same route only with rope ladders!

Pack List

  • A good attitude
  • Water
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

500 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
River
Scenic
Waterfall

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

3 months ago

Feelin' the burn, but worth it!

So glad we endured all of those stairs to experience this hike! It is down, down, down, and then up, up, up and we saw multiple people who probably should not have made the hike, so be aware of your limits on stairs.

3 months ago

6 months ago

Don't Let the Number of Stairs Keep You Away!

This is one of my favorite hikes in Yellowstone. Sure there are a lot of stairs, but you can take them at your own pace, resting as needed. The hike is relatively short and the rewards are great, with a spectacular close-up view of the lower falls and surrounding canyon. There are many side trails around this area too that will take you off the beaten path for some quite solitude in the park. Bonus: You will often see rainbows here, which makes the whole experience that much cooler.

6 months ago

Nice photos!

I have been there around in the beginning of June. There was a lot of people during my visit. The trail was pretty steep but short. At the time, the sun was in the right spot to create the rainbow during 9-12 am.

9 months ago

10 months ago

So Many Stairs!

Yes-it is a lot of stairs...but the trail is short enough it shouldn't be an issue for the average person. There are platforms and a few benches to rest on after every 50 stairs or so if needed. The parking lot can get quite crowded and it may be difficult to find a parking space during the summer at mid-day. If you're lucky and the sun is in the right spot (around noon in the summer), you'll see a beautiful double rainbow over the falls.

10 months ago

over 1 year ago

A fun hike down that gifts you a spectacular view of the falls.

over 1 year ago

Added by Derek Tice

Adventurer || Designer || Snowboarder

More Adventures Nearby

Backpack to Willow Lake in the Cloud Peak Wilderness

Wyoming / Circle Park Trail

This was my first ever backpacking adventure and I couldn't recommend a better first timer trip.

Kaitlyn Janak
2 Saves

Dispersed Camp at Vedauwoo Recreation Area

Wyoming / Vedauwoo Glen Road

Just off of Interstate-80 in Southeastern Wyoming are a number of spectacular campsites available on a first-come first-serve basis.

Brian Pinkard
13 Saves

Backpack to Green River Lakes, Wind River Range

Wyoming / Spring Creek Trailhead, Wyoming

DAY 1 - SPRING CREEK TH TO TRAPPER LAKEShuttle cars to park one vehicle at the Green River Lakes Trailhead (about 40 minutes outside of Pinedale, Wyoming) and return back to Pinedale to begin at the .

Ali Beach
8 Saves