Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
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Claudia10229
Dallas, TX489 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, NM110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Our family hiked the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail on our visit to Yosemite. The trail is not difficult nor very long. It leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall. Also Upper Yosemite Fall is visible nearby. When we were there the water was rushing from all of the snow melt from a very snowy winter. It was an amazing sight. If you stayed at the bottom of the fall very long you would get quite wet. I highly recommend hiking to Lower Yosemite Fall.
Written June 10, 2023
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johnnnita
Napa, CA2,409 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Bahrain1,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, MA340 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,804 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Maria
Los Angeles, CA14 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
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, PA79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ7,103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
It was quite an easy hike on paved asphalt to arrive at the rocky base of the Lower Falls. The giant Sequoias all along the hike are fabulous, and provide a lot of shade.

It is also fairly easy to scramble up on to the rocks to get a closer look. For those who cannot, or do not want to, climb on the rocks, there is a little bridge on the right side from where you can get some nice photos. From here, you can get a great photo that looks as if the water is falling on your head.

Worth that effort to see those Falls. I am sure nobody leaves Yosemite without a visit to this site, anyway.
Written July 20, 2022
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