View of the Brink of the Lower Falls Hike in Yellowstone National Park
View of the Brink of the Lower Falls Hike in Yellowstone National Park

Brink of the Lower Falls hike

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Brink of the Lower Falls hike

Distance: 1.2mi
Elevation: 328ft
Time: 0.5-1h

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The Lower Brink of Yellowstone Falls trail is a steep climb down to the viewpoint of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. The hike is a lot easier than the way back up, however, the massive, cascading waterfalls are simply amazing. Do not forget your camera for this one!

Brink of the Lower Falls hike Map

Getting there

Head south from Canyon Junction down Grand Loop Rd. There will be a signed, one-way road leading towards the Brink of the Lower Falls. It brings you down through a parking lot and then loops back around to Canyon Village. The parking lot fills up very quickly, so get here early or be prepared to park far away from the trailhead.

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About

When to do

May through October

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

At Parking Lot

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Extreme

Route Type

Out and back


Brink of the Lower Falls
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Route Description for Brink of the Lower Falls

The trail begins right beside the washrooms. It drops approximately 328ft down to the viewpoint over the Lower Yellowstone Falls, with efficient switchbacks the entire way. This allows for a wide variety of fitness levels!

From the viewpoint you will be right at the crest of the Lower Falls. The raging Yellowstone River tumbles down 308ft, constituting the largest volume waterfall in the United States’ Rocky Mountains.

You will also be able to look down the spectacular Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, a 984ft deep canyon carved over the ages by this powerful river. Hike back up the way you came and slog through the traffic back to Canyon Village.

Insider Hints

  • On hot days stop at Canyon Village for a cold drink. They also have a gift shop, visitor center, general store and a cafeteria.

  • There are places to rest along the steep trail, don’t worry!

Comments

jamaieca 1 year ago

The view of the raging waterfalls was lovely. It was a short arduous hike with great views.

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MamaBear 1 year ago

Steep trails will work your legs hard. Albeit, amazed with the majestic falls.

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Minerva Y. 1 year ago

Fun hike to do with friends. There were some gift shops with lovely merchandise items. I bought a cute key chain.

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Tom Pack. 1 year ago

The rainbow is gorgeous with the water! A must visit place in Yellowstone National park

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Benny Aster 1 year ago

Beautiful hike. Enjoyed the unique views from the top.

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Peter McGuiness 1 year ago

Nice area. Very accessible. It's not that hard but it would test your patience. Always be mindful of the surroundings.

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Carmilla Shzm 2 years ago

I've been chasing waterfalls lately with my husband, and this one did not dissapoint. Weather was outstanding, It was a wonderful day.

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Snow Elisse 2 years ago

Wonderful hike, get there early to avoid the scorching sun. If you can start it at sunrise you can avoid most heavy traffic.

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hikingbunny 2 years ago

We started the hike before 8am and there only few people on the trail. 7am is a good time to start.

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Allita Pom 2 years ago

It was a nice hike. Ascending was way easier than descending.

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