Brink of the Lower Falls

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Brink of the Lower Falls

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

Difficulty Rating:

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!

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.

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


Elevation


Detailed Description

The trail begins right beside the washrooms. It drops approximately 100 meters 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 94 meters, 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 300-meter 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!

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