The last of our hikes for the day and it was a doozie. It was getting very late. We had made an erroneous stop and ended up at the North Rim Overlook at the top of these Falls before realizing the error in our ways. Altho as errors go, this one wasn't too bad at (The Brink of the Lower Falls
- at 308 feet Lower Falls is the tallest waterfall in the park. In terms of height alone, it’s more than twice the size of Niagara Falls.). We got back in Snowball for the drive across the bridge to the other side of the canyon (South Rim) for this hike. Needless to say, it's a lot easier driving Rim to Rim for the Yellowstone Canyon than the Grand Canyon.
We were running out of steam after starting our day at Mammoth to Norris to Midway to Upper Geysers and finally to here. We were lucky to find parking for the 34' Snowball for all of these stops. Trust me, that was no easy feat. You'll have to take a moment to check out this page, scroll down to see the picture of how they used to do this hike when Uncle Tom led it. yellowstonepark.com ... ail/
I love this description, "The trip was not for the faint of heart, requiring ropes and rope ladders to offer a measure of safety and prevent guests from tumbling off the steep canyon walls."
It was getting dark now so the light for my filming was not the best. We would only encounter about 1/2 dozen other hikers during this time where we made our way down 300 steel steps (500 feet elevation loss) three quarters the way to the bottom of the canyon while listening to the roar of the Falls get louder and louder and louder. There is another viewpoint you can go out to before continuing down but we were already running behind. There are a couple of photogenic stops along the way but once you reach the viewing platform, The Lower Falls
up close and personal is such a sight
. We lingered a bit before heading back up the 328 steps pulling on the rail to get us up a little easier.
Before you know it, you're almost to an area where you can see daylight again. It was a fun experience; I highly recommend it. We still had to make our way to our campsite for the nite at Fishing Bridge. But first we made one more stop at the Mud Volcano area which was pretty cool. We did notice on our drive when we cut across on the Norris Road that there was smoke in the distance and that indeed would be a fire but not a bad one. We enjoyed our visit at the Mud Volcano
(not very active caldron) that included Dragon's Mouth
(turbulent hot spring with a cavernous mouth. Water sloshes rhythmically in and out of the cavern) and Black Dragon's Caldron
(This thermal feature did not exist before the winter of 1947-1948, and it was first discovered on June 10,1948.)
My videos include pictures:
Drive from Upper Geyser to Brink of Upper Yellowstone Falls https://youtu.be/A0 ... HQ4E
Uncle Tom's hike https://youtu.be/wm ... mOn0
South Rim to Mud Volcano https://youtu.be/-P ... pQys