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avatar Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone
June 16, 2009 04:49PM
Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone
Date: June 10, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, (307) 344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2015

Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone

Run-off from melting snow caused a major rock slide along Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park, prompting a closure of the trail until further notice.

The ½-mile long trail drops 500 feet in a series of more than 300 stairs and paved inclines. National Park Service staff have begun clearing rocks and debris from the trail, but have found significant structural damage to the steps, and the four steps of the lower landing were completely destroyed.

Major repairs are necessary before the trail will reopen to the public.

Uncle Tom’s Trail is a popular trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which provides a view of the Lower Falls and allows a descent of three-quarters of the way down in to the canyon.
avatar Re: Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone
June 16, 2009 05:03PM
There's your Half Dome solution!

A caged stair case. During winter we cover 'er up with ye old Blue Tarp.
Re: Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone
June 23, 2009 11:41AM
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Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone
Date: June 10, 2009
Contact: Al Nash, (307) 344-2015
Contact: Stacy Vallie, (307) 344-2015

Rock Slide Closes Popular Trail in Yellowstone

Run-off from melting snow caused a major rock slide along Uncle Tom’s Trail in Yellowstone National Park, prompting a closure of the trail until further notice.

The ½-mile long trail drops 500 feet in a series of more than 300 stairs and paved inclines. National Park Service staff have begun clearing rocks and debris from the trail, but have found significant structural damage to the steps, and the four steps of the lower landing were completely destroyed.

Major repairs are necessary before the trail will reopen to the public.

Uncle Tom’s Trail is a popular trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, which provides a view of the Lower Falls and allows a descent of three-quarters of the way down in to the canyon.

That's a shame - the view from the bottom is pretty spectacular and great for rainbows. It would be great if they could extend it all the way down as it used to be in days of yore.
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