Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

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With three separate drops measuring 739 m (2,425 ft) in total, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and ranks among the top ten in the world. It can be seen from many places throughout the Yosemite Valley, but you can also hike to the base and the top of the waterfall. An easy hike to the base is wheelchair accessible and rewards you with a stunning view of the upper drop. Just be careful of the slippery ground and don’t be surprised if you get sprayed by the water. The trail to the top offers breathtaking views of the valley, but you should consider it only if you’re a serious hiker. Make Yosemite Falls a centerpiece of your Yosemite National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Yosemite National Park trip planner .
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  • The path to Yosemite Falls is in fact more exciting than the actual waterfall. Along the way you encounter on a rich wildlife and huge boulders along the path makes the scenery quite adventurous. At the waterfall says many people and taking pictures. Some try to go very close to the waterfall, in spite of the numerous warning signs about extremely smooth surfaces. One can enjoy the waterfall from afar, but it is of course only if there is some flow in it. We were there in september, and when was the waterfall almost dried out for the season.
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  • These falls are the most wonderful ones I’ve ever seen. We stayed at the lodge and just needed to walk outside to see them. We took a twenty minute walk up the fully paved path to the bottom of the lo...  more »
  • We travelled with a three year old toddler in a stroller, took 3 small and easy hikes and reached the Yosemite Falls!! It's was a beautiful day with enough sunshine to get a glimpse of rainbow. It's b...  more »
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  • An easy, short walk from shuttle stop 6 (20-30 minutes round trip)! The lower yosemite fall trail is a loop, and the eastern part of this trail is wheelchair accessible. The trail brings you right to the base of the waterfall. Here, you don't get to see the whole of the upper and lower falls. But you'll get a chance for that full view at other points in the trail, such as the west entrance.
  • Love the falls, the beauty never lets me down. There are restrooms at the start of the trail, with changing rooms if you have children. Also, a picnic area to eat. There multiple routes, wheelchair assesible included. It's a short trek, easy for all.
  • Quick, easy, and beautiful stroll, which is nice if you're passing through and don't have a ton of time. It's wheelchair accessible, and connects with a longer valley loop where there's a lot of wildlife. The waterfall doesn't have much water in the fall, but the water was still visible from the trail.
  • One of the easiest and shortest hikes. It's about 15-20 minutes to get there and the view of the waterfall is just stunning! We had never experienced anything like it was this year and we have been there a few times but we were there from the 20-22 of June 2017 and we enjoyed it more this year. The river had lots of water and the mist was just incredible! Will never forget that amazing experience and I'm sure our kids won't either. The best thing of thus small hike is that the path is not directly on the sun so it's shady.
  • Beautiful and easy trail. Suitable for families. Trail is paved and restrooms are located near by. Can get there either by shuttle or car.

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Where to stay in Yosemite National Park

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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