Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone River: Yellowstone National Park

View From Artist Point

Steep Steps Down Uncle Tom's Trail

Day #2 of our trip lead us to the Grand Canyon Of The Yellowstone River. We started off on the North Rim Trail, the first parking lot when you go into the canyon on that side. We took the Brink Of The Lower Falls Trail to the first viewpoint of the falls. This trail was straight down about 600 feet to the canyon floor. The views were "OK" not as spectacular as we thought they were going to be. We marched back up the trail and headed to Lookout Point then Grand View Point via the North Rim Trail. I would recommend hiking this trail to the lookouts because you get more vantage points of the Canyon this way. Our total mileage up and back was around 4 miles. We then hopped in the car and drove to the South Rim and did the same thing only this time the first trail we took was the Uncle Tom's Trail. This one was way more intense then Brink Of The Lower Falls Trail. They created a series of steps....steep steps down to the bottom of the first water fall. It was worth the hike down because the views were fabulous. The hike back up wasn't too bad if you are in good shape, if you are not I would not recommend hiking down to this lookout. We hopped back on the South Rim Trail which is very similar to the North Rim Trail. Both of these are very easy to hike and very navigable. Our destination was Artist Point WOW is all I can say about this view. By far the coolest viewpoint of the rim. Take a look at the pictures and you will see what I mean. If you only have time for one vantage point go to Artist Point for sure.
View From The South Rim Trail
Lower Falls

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