Yosemite Falls

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  • Address: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Nature

Yosemite Falls - Review

The mere fact of being North America’s highest waterfall puts this lovely natural beauty on the top of many adventure lovers bucket list. The water plunges down in three stages; down a staggering height of 739 metres, making it the seventh highest fall in the world. The fall is fuelled by the rushing waters of Yosemite Creek that plunges over the top fall with incredible force. Various trails lead to both the top and bottom of this first fall.

The second stage is largely inaccessible. The third stage though, is easily accessible from a viewing from Yosemite Lodge. After a season of scant snow, the waters may sop flowing altogether in the summer, though a single thunderstorm can set it off again. To get to the top of the Upper Yosemite Fall, start to hike from Camp 4, or go further north to start it from Tioga Road. The local Indians once believed that the bottom of the falls were inhabited by a coven of Witches and it’s not hard to see why they might have thought so; approaching the bottom can become a very tricky and dangerous endeavour, thanks to high humidity and resulting slippery surfaces.

Yosemite Falls Information

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  • Yosemite Falls Address: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, United States
  • Yosemite Falls Timing: 24-hrs
  • Yosemite Falls Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Yosemite Falls(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Yosemite Falls: 02:00 Hrs
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  • 95% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Yosemite Falls in their plan

  • 22.19% of people start their Yosemite Falls visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Yosemite Falls

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92.55% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Yosemite Falls

People normally club together Yosemite Museum and Ansel Adams Gallery while planning their visit to Yosemite Falls.

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Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park Reviews

  • Walked the falls and yosemite point walk. Leave before seven to get the climb done in the morning cool. Views are spectacular and my son and I took so many videos and photos we will never have time to review them. Follow this with a drive to glacier point to get a great photo of your walk. Places at the top to keep cool in the shade loads of water of course if you have a filter. This is a tough climb and many drop out on the way up. Do please encourage others on the trail and if you are struggling then find some shade and sit down to rest. The views and personal achievement are well worth the effort. If you do one trail on your life make it this one. Also make sure you do the waterfall viewpoint walk it is not as precipitous as the YouTube videos would show you and the shared experience is just magical. Take videos and photographs. Take plenty of water and energy snacks. The drive to glacier point is about an hour or so and there are no refreshment stops The views from the point are fantastic and many of my friends are saying I have enhanced my photos. This is not the case, the views are so photogenic even a starter with a simple camera can achieve great photos. Point to be aware though, the refreshment facilities at glacier point were closed so take snacks.

  • "This is gonna be tough," I said to myself. I have done trails with 3,500 ft elevation gain and 7 miles in length, but it does not get much easier even if you hike often like I do. In addition, it was going to be really warm, mid 70s, and in the sun probably even high 70s. I arrived at the trailhead at 7.45 AM and started the hike around 8 AM. It took me 6 hours of pretty much non-stop hiking (except 25 min at the top) and by 2 PM I was back to my car. The way up was hard. In the blazing sun with no shade as you reach the second half of the trail (pretty steep uphill) you just hope the end will come soon. On the way down it is much easier, but now you have to be careful of where you step because some portions of the trail are pure sand, others are covered in trickling springs flowing downhill. My knees were sore and the next day I felt like I have never exercised my calves. Was it worth it? Yes! The views on the top were really incredible, and the waterfall full with water during this time of the year. As you hike near the falls, closer to the bottom of it, you are gently sprinkled with mist coming from the powerful waterfall. It felt incredible on skin and refreshing enough to continue going. A few tips: 1) get at least 2 L of water; 2) bring sunscreen, and reapply constantly; 3) wear hiking shoes with good traction on the soles; 4) wear a had and sunglasses; 5) bring your good camera. I didn't and some pictures came out not so great because of lots of sunlight.

  • Hiking up here is the ultimate stair master! Definitely worth it though. Most of the stairs are shaded but some steep parts were in full sun (depending on the time of day).

  • One of the best hikes in the world. Best to start at crack of dawn. First third is toufh set of switchbacks, climb them non stop, whatever pace suits you. After the lookout, I think it is called Columbia point, it is mostly lateral as you get wonderful views of the upper falls. Rest and refres there. Last third is again a whole set of switchbacks. This is the section you want to climb early morning, or it gets further grueling. Here you will have to take multiple stops. Drink water. At the top, don't miss the lookout point. It is beautiful, but don't get adventurous. After that co continue to Yosemite point on the other side of the flowing creek. It is barely 250 feet more height and a mile walk. Well worth, gorgeous views of Clouds Rest and beyond. Return is easy but very long. Take poles to spare your knees.

  • Even though we lived close to Yosemite National Park, we only went there once or twice a year. Most of the time out-of-town visitors would asked us to take them there. Until I ended up in a wheelchair my favorite thing to do was hiking to see the wildlife. Now, sightseeing with short jaunts to see falls are the extent. All our guests wanted to see Yosemite Falls. Most of the time, they only saw it in the summer, but it is much more beautiful behind Fall colors or with a soft blanket of snow.

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