Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park

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Waterfalls in Yosemite National Park

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  • AVNISH SINGH
    Bengaluru, India316 contributions
    One of the most recommended trails in the Yosemite valley. The Yosemite falls are visible from a distance, no matter you are in Yosemite. So, being able to climb to the top of the waterfall and get a bird’s eye view of the valley is simply surreal. The trail also provides stunning views of the waterfall at different vantage points. We saw two rainbows at the base of the falls.

    This is slightly harder trail, with a total distance of around 7 miles and an elevation gain of 3,000 ft. So take plenty of breaks and give yourself at least 5 - 6 hours to complete this. Alternately, you can also visit the lower Yosemite Falls, which gets you closer to the base and is a much easier hike.
    Written 26 July 2022
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  • Jack R
    New York City, NY15 contributions
    This trail is good. The terrain isn’t anything extremely hard (wait until the end) at the beginning, and you can see the waterfall from a bridge halfway through! But if you want to go to the top, you have to go up strenuous steps and hard terrain! But the view is worth it! And on my trip we even saw a bear family from a safe distance!
    Written 11 July 2022
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  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
    These waters cascade more than 600 feet down a sheer rock surface. They are very high up, and the wind currents there blow the falling waters into a fine mist. The Native Americans called this the “Spirit of the Puffing Wind”.

    When the sun shines down on the water at the right angle, people can even see a rainbow. We saw a very light one, and even that was very eerily beautiful.

    This Waterfall is distinguished from other Falls by the formation of the rocks that looks like a dolphin’s Head bobbing up and looking towards the sky.

    The people park right along the road side, just to make a quick stop to click a few photos. We also did that, and then hurried ahead knowing that better sites were coming up inside the park.

    Worth a look, for sure.
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • Bet543210
    201 contributions
    Wow! This was by far our favorite part of visiting Yosemite. We drove up to the Hetch Hetchy road and waited for the ranger to open it right at 8am. Just a few minutes from there was the dam where we started our hike. Two young kids that made it all the way to Wapama falls and even swam in the pools below. Without the cool water, this may have been miserable. There is very little shade along the trail and although along the reservoir the entire time, there is no way to access it because of the steep drop offs. We saw many people struggling when we were nearing the dam at the end of our trip that were wearing flip flops/crocs and had one water bottle between them. Come prepared for high temps in the summer and start as early as you can get in the gate. When you get to the falls cross the first bridge and climb down under the second. This was where you could get into the water to cool off.
    Written 9 July 2021
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  • John H
    Parkville, MD53 contributions
    Although I'd visited Yosemite N.P. four times previously, this was my first time in the Hetch Hetchy area. My research of the NPS website and other sources told me this hike was a must-do, and when I came face-to-face with the falls, right away I understood why. I do love a good waterfall, and this one rates high on the list! In terms of difficulty, I'd place the hike between easy and moderate- just keep in mind that you will get wet on the footbridge, particularly if you go in mid-May, like I did. I find that to be the best time to visit Yosemite in general, with all the waterfalls at full power in the midst of the Sierra snowpack meltoff.
    Written 17 June 2022
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  • Harleysville_Bill
    PA117 contributions
    If you are a hiker this is worth the trip. Sure it gets steep and there are plenty of switchbacks, but that’s why we come here. It’s nowhere near as crowded as some of the hikes around the valley. Filter some cold water at the top of the falls and kick back for lunch with a great view. Plunge into the deep pools at the top of the falls to cool off in a hurry. Definitely worth the hike if you’ve got the legs for it.
    Written 12 July 2022
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  • TheExplorerFamily
    Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
    This is the Park’s highest Waterfall. The thin stream plummets about 1600 feet down to the valley floor. It is easy to miss seeing it because of the thinness of the stream against the white granite rock. It is located right across the Bridal veil Falls, and you can see it if you walk a few steps back from the parking lot. It arrives just before the larger waterfall, and is on the right side if you are driving into the National Park.

    There was a little stream on the day that we visited. Apparently, the waterfall is seasonal, and we are glad that it was flowing for us..
    Written 18 July 2022
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  • PacificNWFamily
    Washington State95,760 contributions
    I walked over Sentinel Creek on the Pohono Trail above, and I saw Sentinel Fall from Southside Drive in the Valley below. It’s amazing what a little creek will do when falling over a cliff. I enjoyed seeing this waterfall.
    Written 16 June 2019
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  • mesatraveler
    Mesa, AZ890 contributions
    This isn't as well as promoted as some spots, but seeing the water drop from one level to another to the valley floor is a real treat. Be aware that by late summer the water levels drop dramatically. The best time to visit is late spring.
    Written 25 May 2019
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  • PacificNWFamily
    Washington State95,760 contributions
    The Illilouette Fall can be seen from two locations.

    First I saw it from the Mist Trail as I hiked up. I got a great view across the Merced River canyon.

    Later, I saw it from Washburn Point. I appreciated seeing both views.
    Written 16 June 2019
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  • PacificNWFamily
    Washington State95,760 contributions
    This spring only waterfall is just west of Tunnel View. It’s so fun to find these seasonal waterfalls and to watch water falling from cliffs high above.

    I’d guess that this one will dry up sometime in late June or maybe early July. Hopefully other folks get to enjoy it.
    Written 16 June 2019
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  • PacificNWFamily
    Washington State95,760 contributions
    I recently enjoyed my first hike to Alder Creek Falls. I parked at the Mosquito Creek parking area (near the bear boxes), crossed Wawona Road, and headed up the trail. The first bit is fairly steep, but manageable.

    I was happy that the trail leveled out to a gentler incline at the intersection with the trail from Wawona. Along the way I saw more than a dozen kinds of wildflowers, but no lupine. I also saw some beautiful red snow plant.

    I met some birders I met on the trail and told them about the Western Tanager that I had seen earlier.

    This is a nice waterfall trail for spring or early summer as it is lightly forested, less populated, and filled with flora & fauna.
    Written 19 June 2019
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