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Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

(4.4/5 based on 950+ reviews on the web)
At 188 m (617 ft) tall, Bridalveil Fall is one of the highlights of Yosemite National Park. This fall flows year-round, and was named for the mist that blows off it on breezy days, which resembles a bridal veil. In the spring, you can see the fall at its most powerful, roaring with snowmelt. The Ahwahneechee tribe believed the fall was home to a vengeful spirit, and according to legend, if you look directly at the waterfall when leaving the valley, you will be cursed. However, the tribe also believed inhaling the mist would increase your chance of marrying. The park features an easy, short hike to get a close-up view of the natural wonder. Bring water as it's not available at the trailhead or parking area. Plan to visit Bridalveil Fall and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Yosemite National Park attractions using our Yosemite National Park trip generator.
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  • Dangerous!! If there is ice around it is hazardous! Perhaps if the rangers looked after the place and thought about the safety of the visitors it would be amazing, we had to slide down the ice on our ...  more »
  • If you are heading into the Valley from Tunnel View this will be the first attraction you can personally visit. There is a good sized parking lot and the fall is only a 5-10 minute walk along a paved ...  more »
  • October 12, 2016. This was our second visit to Yosemite and each time this waterfall was dry. Need to come early spring but no later than May or June because it will be dry. Nice easy walk up to at le...  more »
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  • Always nice to see the falls. After rains the water comes as close as the viewing area and during dry months you can climb up till the top. 4 stars because its very touristy and crowded, might be better off going to more secluded spots.
  • There's a very short hike up to the base of the waterfall, but bring a waterproof coat or a poncho if you want to get close! Don't miss the fast flowing river on the walk up to the fall.
  • Very pretty falls, except during early mornings you can't really see much because of the light. I would suggest going in the late afternoon to evening.
  • What a spectacular waterfall! The trailhead starts in the parking lot and winds gently uphill about a quarter mile. This walk is a little more strenuous than the Lower Yosemite trail, but much shorter in length. You'll know you're getting close to Bridalveil when everything is soaked! Bring an umbrella if you've got one in the car.
  • Really gorgeous! There are some pools higher up if you climb up over the rocks at the base. One of them is just above the treetops. Would highly recommend.