Yosemite Falls

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  • Address: Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, United States
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • 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.

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  • 95% of people who visit Yosemite National Park include Yosemite Falls in their plan

  • 22.29% of people start their Yosemite Falls visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Yosemite Falls

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

92.51% 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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  • "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.

  • The stop has a newer restroom location to the left of the walk in. The view is amazing from the bridge or take the left side trail up to the bottom of the falls. Quite the experience. You will get wet. Soaked. The trail itself is a short distance and most should be able to make it. Saw a small Buck and other wildlife.

  • Great view. Took us 2hrs 19 mins to get to the upper falls. The view from there is just priceless & worth the pain of hiking up. It got slippery when we were descending so I'd suggest you get some really good hiking shoes. A rain coat is advisable. There's a 50 m decent to get to the point I took this video. Scary but totally worth the pain of getting up there.

  • Tough walk with a constant incline on the Upper Yosemite Falls trail. The first half is all within the forested area before emerging at the base of the upper falls where you feel the spray of the amazing rushing waterfall - we were there in early April. Approximately 2.5 hours up, 2 hours down

  • It’s frikkin Yosemite Falls, one of the more accessible intermediate hikes to the top of the waterfall, with amazing scenery to boot. Depending on your fitness it should take 2-3 hours to reach peak. For those more ambitious and started earlier in the day consider El Capitan as the follow up. Prob another 3-6 hours depending on how you wanna push it.

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