Yellowstone National Park North Canyon Rim
Upper, Lower Falls
3/4 Mile Round Trip
300 feet each way
Spring, Summer, Fall
Roughly paved trail
Yes, at parking lot.
Canyon Visitor Center
Yes, near by.
None saved for this Trek.
This trail starts at the Canyon North Rim Drive. The road is right by Canyon Village and is signed very well.
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.
The trail is almost straight paved switchbacks.
Upper Falls can be seen from the trail. The first photo is from this trail. The second is from the actual upper falls overlook.
As you approach the brink you will get great views of the river.
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.
There were many tiny mammals along the trail gathering food for winter.
Here is a short video that shows better water movement than pictures can.
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.
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.