Lower Yosemite Fall Trail

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Claudia10229
Dallas, TX311 contributions
Jun 2022
You can access the Lower Yosemite Falls trail by multiple ways. A park shuttle bus stops at #6 and then you can walk to the falls. There are parking lots across the meadows and you can walk to the falls. Or you can park at the Visitor center and take the Yosemite loop trail to get to the falls. The path is a loop and it is pretty scenery as you walk towards the falls. There is a bridge that you can take pictures of the falls. We spotted a coyote who ran right in front of us and then seemed to hang out in the forested area for awhile.

Unfortunately, too many people were crossing the "do not enter" area and walked up to the water fall spray. First it could be dangerous and slippery, plus it ruins photos for other people who are observing the signs. From some of the walk, you can view 3 waterfalls, so a nice area to visit.
Written June 25, 2022
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM113 contributions
Jun 2021
Since there were no shuttle buses operating this summer, we walked here from the main visitor parking lot. We arrived early in the morning so had no trouble finding a parking spot and once we arrived at the bridge near the base of the falls there were very few people here, which I am sure was not the case later in the day. The lower falls look quite impressive up close so it is pretty amazing to see how much shorter they are than the upper falls when you are able to view both of them from a distance. Unfortunately the trail that goes right up to the base of the falls was closed but it was still a nice view. It is certainly one of the must see spots in Yosemite Valley.
Written July 6, 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL15,275 contributions
Mar 2022
This is the easiest way to see Yosemite Falls and with a group of 14, one we all felt comfortable with. I have climbed to see the upper falls at Columbia Rock, but that is much more intense. This hike is perfect to an observation area at the base of the falls and a bridge over the beginning of the river. If you are adventurous as some in our group were, you can climb the boulders for a closer look where you can feel the mist.

Again, this trail gets you to the falls and really allows you to see it at options comfortable for you. I fully encourage you to climb the rocks, but if all you want is a paved path to see the largest waterfall in North America, this is great for you as well.
Written April 26, 2022
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johnnnita
Napa, CA2,037 contributions
Aug 2020
To be clear, when the falls are flowing, this place gets excellent reviews. However, we were there in early August for our second visit. Both times, the falls were bone dry (at least these Yosemite falls, which are the most popular). So, don't go in the summer if you want to really enjoy these spectacular double falls.

That said, even in summer, it's a nice way to walk without really hiking closer (unless you would like). Many visitors make the hike to either Lower or Upper Yosemite just to get a closer view (wet or dry). In the summer, it's nice and shady.

Just remember to use your imagination!
Written September 12, 2020
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cp_0010
Manama, Bahrain1,473 contributions
Jul 2019
The lower Yosemite fall is a more popular attraction among tourist as it is easily accessible by people of all ages. It has good walking road leading to the fall and the distance from the Yosemite village is 1 mile. People do go down to the base of the fall for shower. Our casual walk took us about an hour from the village and to return. There are good shuttle services running that bring you from visitor center and stop at 7 and follow the signs. It is easy and worth doing.
Written June 27, 2020
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Brandy P
East Longmeadow, MA343 contributions
Feb 2020
Excellent short walk. We did it 2 days in a row, views are better if you go clockwise from the shuttle bus drop off area. BTW, from the bridge viewing area, you can go up along the river on the left side to the base of the falls and see the upper falls too.
Written February 7, 2020
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Maria
Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
Jun 2020
I went early in June. The falls of course were not magnificent. But the crowds of people made me wonder why I came to Yosemite in the first place. This trail is just a walk in the park. Any grandma can do it. It is just a 5 minute nature walk from the main road. Don't stand close to the falls because there are many people there and you may slip. Would not recommend.
Written October 28, 2020
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Wendy S
Pittsburgh, PA80 contributions
Apr 2021
We are an elderly couple who took this trail. It was a great view. We so enjoyed it. Take it slow and steady and you can do it. We are quite fit as we exercise regularly. Make sure you are if you want to try this. The views are stunning. Highly recommend this.
Written May 5, 2021
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China147,502 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
The Lower Yosemite Fall Trail s a 1 mile loop trail that takes visitors directly below the lower 320 foot (98 metre) section of the Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in the United States.

The trailhead is located along Northside Drive just after passing through the Valley Village. You can walk there within a few minutes from the village or reach the trailhead by way of the free Yosemite Shuttle (stop #6). There are toilet facilities at the trailhead.

This is an easy trail that walks straight up to the falls. If you start from the main trailhead, you'll find several viewpoint stops which include both the Upper and Lower Falls.

We made this walk in April when the Falls were gushing with water from the recent snowmelt, providing large amounts of mist that was as heavy as light rain at the small bridge in front of the Lower Falls. This was really neat to see but difficult to take pictures from up close.

After passing the falls, you walk past the Yosemite Creek which was really flowing as well. Then the trail circles back to Northside Drive. In total, this easy walk took us around 20 minutes to complete. Allow more time if you want to linger around the Lower Falls area.
Written May 18, 2019
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Satyabrata Dam
New Delhi1,782 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
This one is super easy and super accessible therefore in my opinion the most popular hike trail in the valley. There's a big car park and shuttle bus stop 6 takes you to the lower falls trail. The lower falls is an impressive cascade falling relentless and a great place to take memorable pictures. Expect lots of people.
Written February 11, 2020
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