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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  • After three years in a row visiting Yosemite Park, we never get tired of looking at the spectacular scenery. In spite of the large crowds during the summer, my wife and I are moved by the surrounding ...  more »
  • We have migrated up the upper falls. It is permanently steeply uphill. After some time, you get views of the waterfall, which compensated for the previous way. If you are in not so good condition, turns around here! It becomes steeper and many switchbacks are waiting for one. Above, arrived after a few hours, you have a beautiful view of the waterfall. Plenty of water is essential.
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  • The longest drop in a waterfall in the USA at 2425 feet. It is misty as it drops. It appears to be much longer than it is because of the mountain background.  more »
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  • Hike Yosemite Falls in early May when it's around its peak. Granted I did hike around 50 miles with 50lbs on my back before this but it would have been a tough hike regardless. Honestly, it's not really worth hiking to the top except for being able to say that you hiked to the top. The best view is about half way when the falls first come into view. If you cant make it to the top, don't sweat it...literally.
  • Walked the falls and yosemite point walk. Leave before seven to get the climb done in the morning cool. Views are spectacular and my son and I took so many videos and photos we will never have time to review them. Follow this with a drive to glacier point to get a great photo of your walk. Places at the top to keep cool in the shade loads of water of course if you have a filter. This is a tough climb and many drop out on the way up. Do please encourage others on the trail and if you are struggling then find some shade and sit down to rest. The views and personal achievement are well worth the effort. If you do one trail on your life make it this one. Also make sure you do the waterfall viewpoint walk it is not as precipitous as the YouTube videos would show you and the shared experience is just magical. Take videos and photographs. Take plenty of water and energy snacks. The drive to glacier point is about an hour or so and there are no refreshment stops The views from the point are fantastic and many of my friends are saying I have enhanced my photos. This is not the case, the views are so photogenic even a starter with a simple camera can achieve great photos. Point to be aware though, the refreshment facilities at glacier point were closed so take snacks.
  • If you don't have much time to see all the falls at Yosemite, these are the ones to see. Absolutely spectacular. Lower falls is the most popular viewing point, but if your feeling energetic the hike to upper Falls is worth it, and less crowded.
  • "This is gonna be tough," I said to myself. I have done trails with 3,500 ft elevation gain and 7 miles in length, but it does not get much easier even if you hike often like I do. In addition, it was going to be really warm, mid 70s, and in the sun probably even high 70s. I arrived at the trailhead at 7.45 AM and started the hike around 8 AM. It took me 6 hours of pretty much non-stop hiking (except 25 min at the top) and by 2 PM I was back to my car. The way up was hard. In the blazing sun with no shade as you reach the second half of the trail (pretty steep uphill) you just hope the end will come soon. On the way down it is much easier, but now you have to be careful of where you step because some portions of the trail are pure sand, others are covered in trickling springs flowing downhill. My knees were sore and the next day I felt like I have never exercised my calves. Was it worth it? Yes! The views on the top were really incredible, and the waterfall full with water during this time of the year. As you hike near the falls, closer to the bottom of it, you are gently sprinkled with mist coming from the powerful waterfall. It felt incredible on skin and refreshing enough to continue going. A few tips: 1) get at least 2 L of water; 2) bring sunscreen, and reapply constantly; 3) wear hiking shoes with good traction on the soles; 4) wear a had and sunglasses; 5) bring your good camera. I didn't and some pictures came out not so great because of lots of sunlight.
  • Even though we lived close to Yosemite National Park, we only went there once or twice a year. Most of the time out-of-town visitors would asked us to take them there. Until I ended up in a wheelchair my favorite thing to do was hiking to see the wildlife. Now, sightseeing with short jaunts to see falls are the extent. All our guests wanted to see Yosemite Falls. Most of the time, they only saw it in the summer, but it is much more beautiful behind Fall colors or with a soft blanket of snow.
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