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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 family vacation planner.
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  • Well Yosemite falls needs water. So does california! Late in the season the falls have been dry, and well disappointing. With a 2,000 foot drop the falls are so incredible when water is flowing, espec...  more »
  • Lucky to have exquisite weather; very annoyed to see stupid tourists off the trail, clambering over rocks in the river/stream. It would be good, i believe, to have a ranger on site to tell these dummi...  more »
  • We visited Yosemite in winter so the park wasn't as populated. The falls were a magnificent start to the trip with a very peaceful feel. The lower falls trail is highly recommended for winter as it st...  more »
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  • The view is definitely worth it. If you make it all the way to the top and the falls, check out Yosemite point too which is another 20min up but has better views over the valley The hike up is around 3-4h on well maintained trail with lots of steps. Don't underestimate the way down. The steps are quite hard to walk down.
  • My son and I hiked up to the Upper Yosemite Falls years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Though the trail is about 3 miles long, the 2500 foot elevation gain makes this an ultra-strenuous hike. Many people start and never finish this hike. The view from right next to the falls at the top is truly amazing! Allow yourself sufficient time to complete this hike, it took us about 5 or 6 hours round-trip.
  • This hike sucks. It's nearly all on granite and by the end my wussy legs were sore for more than 3 days. However the view, wow. Worth it. The pictures I took forever remind me. Even if you're out of shape, take your time, and do this. Spend all day if you can. It's about half the distance of Half Dome but 2x harder in my opinion. By taking your time you can take in the view. I took a picture about half way up while in the shadow of the cliff of the falls and Half Dome. One of my favorite pictures I've ever taken.
  • The hike up to the falls gets tough in a few portions, but the destination is well worth the journey. At the falls you get an amazing view over the whole valley, and the water is perfect to just hang out it and relax once you get to the top
  • Spectacular views at about 8000 feet up. The hike to the top is 3.5 miles one way and features mostly switchbacks. Make sure to bring lots and lots of water.