Bridalveil Fall, Yosemite National Park

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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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  • August 14, 2017
    This is the longest fall in the US and quite spectacular. There are two paths, one to the base and the other to the upper part. The good news is that the lower part is a short walk. Wear Good hiking s...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    The path from the parking lot to the falls is very short and easy, but then people want closer and all leave the trail to clamber over rocks and boulders that approach the water fall. Almost no one has Shoes adapted to slippery rocks and many even the athleticism, but they do try, often improvising with children on their shoulders, backpacks and cars to get indexed. Indeed, careful because I read that accidents are many and often very serious. stay on the trail.
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  • August 12, 2017
    We went to the falls around 6:00 pm one afternoon. Much of the crowd had departed so we were easily able to find a close in parking spot. The hike to the falls was pretty easy and relatively level. St...  more »

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Yosemite National Park offers something for everyone. Choose from upscale or historic hotels, a well-appointed lodge, motel rooms, rustic cabins, canvas tent cabins, and developed campgrounds. Yosemite Village in the heart of the valley is the most convenient place to stay, but other accommodations line the roads leading to the village. If you can't secure a place inside the park, try the various lodges, inns, bed and breakfasts, cabins, cottages, and motels on the roads leading in from the west. Staying any further out can cost you valuable time that you could be spending hiking, biking, and sightseeing. To escape from the crowds in the valley, reserve a campsite at Crane Flat or Hodgdon Meadow, which are far enough out to provide solitude but close enough to reach major valley attractions in less than half an hour. Campgrounds along Tioga Road see even fewer crowds. If you plan to visit in summer, you must reserve accommodations (even campsites) well in advance, as Yosemite remains extremely popular with both visitors from afar and those based in California.
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