Brink of the Lower Falls Trail

Brink of the Lower Falls Trail

Brink of the Lower Falls Trail
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Kokopelmana1
Vernal, UT42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
This is my favorite view in Yellowstone. Great childhood memories and my goal was to hike the trail to Lower Falls below the overlook on this trip. I’m in my 50’s and moderately active. I live at 5200 altitude. I walk frequently so I wasn’t worried. The view is sooo worth it and the adventure!! It’s steep with a lot of steps. The trek up is slower for everyone. The altitude creates a pretty even playing field. Do it!
Written 27 September 2023
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA3,163 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Brink of the Lower Falls Trail is an approximately .08 mi/1.3 km down-and-back trail leading to a popular viewing area directly overlooking the Brink. My wife and I hiked this trail during the latter half of September 2022.

To reach the trailhead, head south from Canyon Junction along Grand Loop Road for about 1.2 mi/1.9 km and look for the North Rim Drive turnoff. This is a one-way road that takes you to four accessible views of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, the first of which is the Brink of the Lower Falls. NOTE that there are flush toilets adjacent to the parking lot. Also NOTE that during peak seasons the parking lot can fill up very quickly, so get there early or be prepared to park away from the trailhead.

As you approach the trail you will see a sign directing you either to the trail or the overlook (which is fully accessible; the trail is not). From there you will begin the 328 ft/100 m descent down 10 long switchbacks with a good deal of tree cover; it's pretty steep, so those with knee or hip issues may find this part a challenge. When you get to the bottom there is a viewing platform from which you are treated to three distinct and impressive views: In one direction there is the churning Yellowstone River as it rushes toward the fall, in the middle is the fall as it drops 308 ft/94 m into the canyon, and in the other direction is the Yellowstone River cutting its way through the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

The return hike is a relentless ascent and seems longer than its 0.4 mi/.64 km. If you find yourself straining to continue, take your time and take frequent breaks as there are benches and rock walls where you can rest at the end of many of the switchbacks. The main message here is not to underestimate the hike just because it’s relatively short. It’s strenuous, but we felt the payoff was well worth the effort.
Written 25 October 2022
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atlas993
Elk Grove, CA551 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
This was our first stop around the falls and canyon area and I’m so glad we started here. This isn’t the best view of the falls, but you get so close and are able to see them from a different perspective that you don’t see from any where else. Plus the hike is great. It was little tough, especially on the way up, but do able for our 4 year old.
Written 24 October 2021
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Mark T
Maumee, OH253 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I loved this little hike. If you are in shape, it is a nice little hike. There is a lot of elevation change with several switchbacks. If you are not in shape, you can still go as there are benches at the end of almost all the switchbacks to rest at on your way back to the top. The view of the falls at the bottom makes it all worthwhile.
Written 2 September 2021
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Smilin' Trey
Cincinnati, OH193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The switchback hike is very well worth it to get to the brink of the Lower Falls. Powerful beauty. Plus, great over look at falls.
Written 14 August 2021
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Tonya M
51 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
What can be said. It’s a great way to get close to these beautiful lower falls. Going down and up these switchbacks is hard. I and my 11 year old took a few breaks coming up. Still- it’s worth it. We continued to hike the full north rim trail. It was awesome. You can also just drive to this and hike down to the overlook. You won’t be sorry. It’s amazing if you enjoy water falls and rock canyon views.
Written 10 August 2021
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO774 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The trail is not very long, but it winds down to the falls. The view from the bottom is great, but it is also very crowded. The hike back up is steep and exhausting.
Written 24 July 2021
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919angeliaw
Pearland, TX233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Go see both sides of the canyon, brink of upper falls and brink of lower falls. Both sides are amazing!! The canyon is just unbelievable- don’t skip the area. There’s lots of angle to view
Written 24 June 2021
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parksvisitor
Maple Grove, MN1,371 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
This is definitely a hiking trail and not an easy overlook, but having said that, most will be able to navigate the hike down to the falls viewpoint. While the view of the falls itself is somewhat limited by the crazily close proximity, the views up and down river are great.
Written 28 November 2020
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jesse o
Jackson, WY6,521 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I wrote earlier this year that I feared it was closed till 2021 but the work period was much shorter than expected so I apologize for misinformation. I saw in early September it was wide open. This continues to be one of my favorite places in Yellowstone.
Written 18 November 2020
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