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Uncle Tom's Trail

The summer of 1992 was our fourth summer in Yellowstone, and we enjoyed hiking many trails over the years. I particularly remember the hike down into the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone on Uncle Tom's Trail, because it is such an unusual trail. The current trail consists of a series of 328 metal steps descending into the canyon for a spectacular view of the Lower Falls. The trail is named for Uncle Tom Richardson, who led tourists into the canyon from this location on rope ladders. He provided safety pins so the women could tie up their skirts for easier hiking. Our venture into the canyon was not nearly so strenuous or perilous, but it still evokes a certain degree of concern and caution because you see the canyon drop away beneath your feet. The view is worth the effort, and the experience is unique.
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