Special Caution: At least ten people met their deaths falling into the canyon in the 20 th century, one in 1999. Please exercise caution, stay away from the edge, and keep small children firmly under control. Uncle Tom’s Trail has 328 steps in a descent of less than one-half mile (0.8 km), so it’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s pleasant when you reach the bottom and find yourself delightfully close to the Lower Falls. The steps are made of metallic mesh, which may seem a little scary as you descend but there’s a railing. Allow plenty of time both for rest Uncle Tom’s Overlook has a fine view of Upper Falls and Canyon Bridge. and enjoyment. This trail was closed for some years due to damage from the 1959 Hebgen Lake earthquake and winter snows. It’s no longer possible to descend to the very bottom of the canyon in this area. j A much longer but easier and less crowded trail is Clear Lake Trail, which begins across the road that leads to Artist Point.
It soon intersects with the Wapiti Lake Trail, where you turn left (east) to reach Clear Lake in about a mile (1.5 km). A thermal area with several steaming holes lies another few hundred yards (or meters) along the trail. You might return the same way you came or continue on past Lilypad Lake and along the canyon rim to Artist Point. The one-way hike would be less than 3 miles (4.8 km) long if you have a dropoff and pick-up arrangement at Uncle Tom’s and Artist Point parking lots. You can also hike from Uncle Tom’s parking area in either direction along the South Rim Trail. (1.6) © The side road ends at Artist Point, a must-see for the full effect of the colorful canyon and Lower Falls. Although every book about Yellowstone describes or pictures this wonderful vista, there’s no substitute for standing here yourself. Absorb the unbelievable coloring of the rocks, the depth of the canyon.
Yellowstone Trails from Uncle Tom’s Photo Gallery
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