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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park, CA
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Type: Waterfalls
Description: The fifth tallest waterfall in the world, Yosemite Falls is the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park.
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Graton, CA
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191 reviews 191 reviews
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101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

This is the highest waterfall in the world as far as sheer vertical drop is concerned….when there's any water dropping, that is. It all depends on the previous winter's snowpack. When the winter snows are poor, the falls dry up by the summer! As in, no water. Curiously, the vertical granite walls are so indelibly stained by thousands of years... More

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

All dried up in October. The cliff face is amazing, and the trails are superb. Not a drop of water to be seen, however.

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Princeton, NJ
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61 reviews 61 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

It was definitely worth the walk to see the base of the falls even tho there was no water. You could see the outline of where the water would have been and just imagine what it would have been like with water flowing although it was sad to see the empty stream bed.

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Denver, Colorado
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

We had two small children and did this small hike to the lower falls with a hiking backpack and stroller. They got out an ran most of it; it's not difficult at the bottom. It's beautiful hike on the way there. Since it was October there wasn't a drop of water coming out the falls, but I could just imagine... More

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Having been to Yosemite so many times, I was shocked at the waterless fall. Although October is nice because of the little people, come in spring or summer to see the real WATERfalls.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Yosemite is fantastic but there are way too many tourists around. Nearly all hiking routes, and especially this one, is so crowded that it's nearly impossible to enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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Stony Brook, Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

A tough hike up, but you can enjoy its beauty from below and from many parts of the Valley and Park. Awe inspiring, and though it is hard to believe, it almost becomes common place if you are staying at the Lodge at Yosemite Falls, because it seems to be part of the parking lot.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

I attempted to hike the Upper Falls Trail and made it as far as Columbia Rock. Which is apparently about one mile with 1000 feet in elevation gain. I am not in great shape nor am I in terrible shape. I had to repeatedly stop, rest and hydrate as the heat and elevation was really working against me. If my... More

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Miami, Florida
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

My favorite thing to watch are Falls, everywhere I travel if there are falls in the area I want to check them out. I just sit there and let my mind wonder with the majesty of the water falls and nature.

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West Sand Lake, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Beautiful and easy hike through the woods to the base of the lower falls. Even though there was no water in early October, just imagining the raging torrents of water coming down the falls and running through the woods in the spring is intense. Enjoy

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