Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Uncle Tom's Trail-waterfall viewing

When we visit National Parks we want to see as much awesomeness as we possible can. This is why we found ourselves at the trail-head for this hike at 8:00 AM in the morning. Since it was Labor Day weekend, we were racing to beat the crowds.

 This sign at the beginning of the trail might make you think twice about doing this with kids. When we hiked this our group had three adults and eight children; with ages ranging from 12 to 2 years old. It is definitely doable with kids and is a must see, if you are in the Grand Canyon area of Yellowstone.
 This hike is kind of the opposite of your typical waterfall hike, because you start at the top of the canyon and descend down to see the waterfall. The hike is mostly paved paths and metal steps. Our main concern on the way down was slowing the kids to a safe pace, so they wouldn't slip and fall down the stairs....that would be bad!!



 The views of the Fall are seriously amazing!  Especially surrounded by the yellow rock walls of the canyon.

Our kids had been asking us why the park is called Yellowstone, we were glad to be able to show them!

There is a viewing platform at the end of the hike. I kind of thought we would be able to go all the way down to the canyon floor, but this is not possible here. There is a great view of the whole waterfall from the platform and a few benches to snack and gear up for the climb back to the top.
 We didn't actually count the steps on the way up but there were a lot! It feels a little funny calling this a hike-rather than a walk down and up the stairs, but the scenery is beautiful and the waterfall is definitely worth the effort.


 The two year olds didn't do a ton of walking on their own either.....I think the steps would have been a little tough for their short legs. The other kids had no problem with this "trail" at all, in fact I am not sure we even stopped to rest on the way up.


 The trail levels back out away from the waterfall so it is not all steep!!



despite what this picture might look like, the kids actually liked this hike and loved seeing a cool perspective view of the waterfall!

Directions

In Yellowstone's Grand Canyon Area take South Rim Drive to Artist Point Road, then look for signs for the trail-head parking lot.























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