Short and Steep – Difficult
Trailhead Location: Canyon Area – South Rim
While this isn’t a very long hike, the trail descends 500 feet toward the base of the Lower Falls along a metal staircase attached to the rim of the canyon. When the trail was first constructed in 1900 by “Uncle” Tom Richardson there were over 500 steps and a series of rope ladders that lead visitors to the base of the falls. Today there are only a total of 328 steps that descend about 3/4 of the way down this steep-walled canyon. Regardless, the view of the Lower Falls from the bottom of this trail is spectacular. As you look across the falls you can see tourists at the “Brink” of the Lower Falls viewpoint. NOTE: This hike is very strenuous and is NOT recommended for anyone who suffers from a heart condition or has difficulty breathing.
Duck Lake Trail
Mile Round-Trip – Easy
Trailhead Location: West Thumb Geyser Basin
This is another great hike located near the West Thumb Geyser Basin area. The trailhead is accessible from the northeast corner of the large parking lot. The trail crosses the road and then climbs a small hill through new growth forest before descending to the north side of the lake. There is a nice, wide beach that can be walked in either direction. On the return trip you can follow the power lines up a short hillside where you can look through the trees toward Yellowstone Lake.
●Insulating underwear something that has the ability to wick moisture away from the body.
●Mid-weight insulating layer: A light synthetic fleece or wool shirt/pullover.