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Brink of Lower Falls – Yellowstone National Park
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Overview
Location

Yellowstone National Park North Canyon Rim

Sights

Upper, Lower Falls

Distance

3/4 Mile Round Trip

Parking Lot Elevation

30-60 Minutes

Elevation Gain/Loss

300 feet each way

Pets

No

Fees

No

Best Season

Spring, Summer, Fall

Hours

Any

Sun Exposure

Mild

Trail Condition

Roughly paved trail

Restrooms

Yes, at parking lot.

Visitor Center

Canyon Visitor Center

Camping

Yes, near by.

Food

Yes.

None saved for this Trek.


Trail Map:


Driving Directions:

This trail starts at the Canyon North Rim Drive. The road is right by Canyon Village and is signed very well.


The Trail:

This trail is roughly paved and is only about 3/4 of a mile round trip. The trail does however drop 300 feet in 3/8 of a mile. So the 300 Feet back up can be tiring if you don’t like hiking.

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The trail is almost straight paved switchbacks.

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Upper Falls can be seen from the trail. The first photo is from this trail. The second is from the actual upper falls overlook.

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As you approach the brink you will get great views of the river.

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The trail ends at a platform right at the top of the falls. The views here are amazing. You get to feel the mist and see the height of this amazing waterfall. It gives you gorgeous perspective of being down in the canyon.

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There were many tiny mammals along the trail gathering food for winter.

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If you look around the area you can also see the viewpoints of Uncle Toms Trail, and Red Rock Point.

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Here is a short video that shows better water movement than pictures can.


The Return:

Return back the same way you came. There are benches along the way if your heart needs a rest. There are often small mammals and birds to see while hiking. While in the area I highly recommend going to a couple of the canyon overlooks on either north or south rim drives. The views here are breathtaking. Here is a different perspective of the fall I have caught. You can see in summer there is much more water going over the falls. I recommend visiting several viewpoints in the area. They can all be found on a separate Canyon Trek.

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Personal Thoughts:

This is in my opinion the most beautiful sight in Yellowstone. Its the reason its named Yellowstone. There are a few amazing trails here. Brink trail, Uncle Toms trail, and the Canyon Rim trail are some of the most scenic trails anywhere. This area is beautiful and the Brink Trail is a great hour or so to rest your legs from driving and is something you will always remember.

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Enjoyment is strictly how much fun we had doing the Trek. Regardless of how tired and exhausted we were, if we had a ton of fun doing the Trek then it will receive a higher rating.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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5 Comments on "Brink of Lower Falls – Yellowstone National Park"

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Shane
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Good lookin pics there Josh! Thanks for sharing this. I have never visited the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone before. They actually call it the Grand Canyon after the one in Arizona??

Tiffany
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Wow so beautiful!!! I’m going to make a project and this will be my model :3. Thank you for sharing these!

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