Chilnualna Falls, Yosemite National Park

Waterfall · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Chilnualna Falls is a series of waterfalls totaling 690 feet (210 m), located on Chilnualna Creek in the southern section of Yosemite National Park.

The falls are a popular horseback riding destination. Chilnualna Falls consists of five tiers ranging from 30–300 feet (9–91 m) in height. The first tier is 90–120 feet (27–36 m) high. The second is a 30-foot (9 m) high cascade. The third and largest is 300 feet (91 m) high. The fourth is 60 feet (18 m) high. The final tier is a 180–210 foot (54–64 m) high cascade.

The trailhead to the falls is in the eastern extremity of Wawona, at the end of Chilnualna Creek Road. The trailhead elevation is approximately 4,000 feet (1,200 m), and the trail reaches the main portion of the waterfall at 6,200 feet (1,900 m).

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  • It’s amazing. You can either go to the lower falls, which is a downhill to the bridge (easily done with a dog stroller in 10 minutes) or go up the falls on a strenuous hike. My vote is the lower...  more »
  • This was one of our favorite hikes! NO Crowds, not too steep, but great views, soft trails and rushing waterfalls. Hard to beat! Watch for Mountain lions!  more »
  • This hike is not for the faint of heart. Hiked it early June when the water was rushing. It was fun.  more »
  • My most favorite hike in the world, and I’m a world traveler. I don’t think anything I’ve seen so far is like this, the whole process is unique. Just Exhilarating!!
  • Must go place. Just beautiful.
  • Really great hike that isn't crowded. Almost immediately will begin ascent along the river and lower falls. Enjoy the mist. Feels nice when it's hot. Rest of the trail is a consistent incline. Really amazing to be at the top next to the roaring water. 5.2017
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