Yosemite Falls
Yosemite Falls
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The fifth tallest waterfall in the world, Yosemite Falls is the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park.
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  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom12,023 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    August treat
    When I booked an August trip I wasn't expecting to see Yosemite falls as they are typically dry by then, but record 2023 winter snow meant the falls were still in flow and I was lucky enough to have the flow boosted by rain from Storm Hilary. There are many ways of experiencing the falls - you can see them from short flat trails at Cooks Meadow or from Swinging Bridge, or get a closer view of the lower falls on the Lower Yosemite Falls trail. You can see them from distance across the valley from Glacier Point, Taft Point, Panorama Point etc. You can of course do the challening Upper Yosemite Falls trail - if the whole trail isn't on your agenda then you can walk just over an hour up the trail (15-20 mins beyond Columbia Rock) to get a good view of the upper falls with Half Dome behind. Whichever way, these are an impressive set of high falls when in good flow. We were lucky to see what we saw in August.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Valerie G
    North Port, Florida288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning Scenery
    One of the most beautiful waterfalls that I have ever seen. Very easy walk and incredible views from multiple points. A photographers dream. Even with it having a low flow when we were there in winter, it was still amazing to see.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Daniel
    Yokohama, Japan221 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fall Views
    It was exceptionally cold for April, but falls were beautiful at all levels and ice flowed at the basin. We did not walk beyond bottom fall, but walk in from bus stop nice albeit slippery. This is one of many different water falls in park, but the main draw.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 8, 2024
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tinaNtravel
San Jose, CA1,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
We visit Yosemite Falls on every trip to Yosemite, as it is a very easy, straight, paved walk from Yosemite Valley Lodge to the falls. We've been there when there is very little water in the falls and we've been there when the water is coming down so fast and hard that you get wet standing on the little bridge watching it. Since it is very simple to access, there are a lot of tourists in that area, so bring your mask (Covid). Also, on the way to the falls, about midway, on the left are the Spider Caves. You can crawl through from one end to the other. The path is rather short, but tight and you need a flashlight. There is no marker for the caves. We didn't even know they existed, until my kids went through them on a school field trip years ago. In summary, I can highly recommend visting Yosemite Falls.
Written July 21, 2020
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cp_0010
Manama, Bahrain1,517 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
Yosemite falls is one of the main attraction for visitors in the Yosemite national park. It has upper level and lower level. The fall is highest weterfall in the park and drops down to more than 2400 ft. In spring season, the water fall is at peak. The top of Upper Yosemite fall is not easy accessible and can be reached via a steep, strenuous, and usually crowded 3.5 miles hike.
Written June 27, 2020
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
In a park with so many amazing features, it is incredible that the tallest waterfall in North America falls to middle of the top 10. In any other park this is the premier attraction, but this is why Yosemite is so incredible. A March visit may mean some areas are not accessible but if you like waterfalls they were all pumping with a large volume of water.

Yosemite Falls is really 3 different falls but all impressive. The upper falls are simply amazing and while I was not able to climb to its base this time, it is still impressive from the Valley floor with a huge ice dome at its landing. The middle falls are the hardest but also least impressive to see. The lower falls are very easy to access and you can get about as close as you feel comfortable. We could feel the cool mist.

This is a signature sight in Yosemite that you have to visit for a complete experience. It is truly amazing and magical. It is a MUST SEE.
Written April 30, 2022
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elockland
Arlington, VA114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Beautiful! Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is HARD and can get very crowded in the afternoons. I suggest leaving as early as possible to avoid this. Our favorite viewpoint wasn't the at the top of the falls but the view of Yosemite Falls after the first round of switchbacks. We hiked in May and the weather was super unpredictable given the elevation gain. Definitely pack LOTS of water and appropriate clothing and hiking boots for the given weather on the day you hike. Lower Yosemite Falls is also beautiful but there is not much of a hiking trail to the base of the falls/viewpoint.
Written June 29, 2021
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badmaru
San Jose, CA421 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 • Family
This review is actually for the Yosemite Falls Trail to Columbia Rock.

If you want to get an awesome view of Yosemite Valley and want to get in a great workout, this trail won’t disappoint! The elevation gain is 1000 feet. So make sure you bring lots of water and depending on the weather, wear layers. We did the hike in January when it was cold and we wished we had dressed in layers so that we could shed those layers as we got hotter.

For most people who want to take their time, the round trip to the rock will probably take about 2-3 hours. You can do it faster if you want to go at a faster pace. We had a kiddo that didn’t want to do the hike up, so it took us longer.
Written May 1, 2022
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
easy to reach fall with paved asphalt paths. the fall itself was small due to climate change and the drought that CA has been experiencing the past 2-3 decades. a visitor that I talked to that came to the park 3 years earlier said that the fall was about a 1/3 of its size.
Written July 3, 2021
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I did the hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls 3 days ago. It's winter, but on my way back, there were still a lot of people going up the trail. I started this hike at 6:30 am, sharing it with only a handful of people and also beating the heat from the sun beating down on the trail. It's high moderate to low strenuous, but then again, I'm an avid backpacker, so that might not be a fair rating. I was able to do the hike, round-trip, in less than 4.5 hours. The best part of the trail is the views of the valley & Half Dome and then the views of Upper Yosemite Falls (about half way up). At the top, the views are just OK. But it's an almost constant uphill hike all the way to the top. My calves are still sore. I gave this hike 4 stars, as there were so many people on the trail coming up, when I was coming down. It looked like a line of ants. So, if you want to be on this trail alone, start very early, and you still won't be completely alone, but will have long sections alone.
Written February 11, 2020
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Powerball13
Tampa, FL56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Couples
One of the most beautiful and impressive views I have ever seen was here. I have no words to explain how fantastic this place is. I can post many pictures but seen it in person is unique. The road to get there is dangerous, you are going to drive to about 6000 ft high through a very dangerous road but it worth it, just be careful driving.
Written December 10, 2020
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Nikko Gandia
Monterey, CA316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
i hiked and vlogged the upper yosemite fall trail on 3/15/21 and posted a video that includes tips and suggestions for all hiking levels, so future visitors can be prepared. you’ll find a link to my youtube on my profile or you can search “nikko gandia”.

reservations and tire chains may be required for entry.

rated as difficult - around 9 miles total and over 3k ft of gain. beginners can hike up to a great viewpoint about a mile in, which i discuss in the video.

micro-spikes, gaiters, trekking poles and waterproof clothing/footwear highly recommended if hiking in the snow season.
Written March 12, 2022
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Searchin4Vacays
Sahuarita, AZ313 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Simple clean hike to the lower falls area but it does have a bit of an incline for those with mobility issues. Falls are huge especially when you compare to the people hiking nearby them. Lots of people even with it being cold but still worth it.
Written January 6, 2020
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