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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  • One of the most recommended trails in the Yosemite valley. The Yosemite falls are visible from a distance, no matter you are in Yosemite. So, being able to climb to the top of the waterfall and get a....  more
    One of the most recommended trails in the Yosemite valley. The Yosemite falls are visible from a distance, no matter you are in Yosemite. So, being able to climb to the top of the waterfall and get a....  more »
  • Yosemite Falls is the highest Waterfall in North America, and the fifth tallest in the world, cascading 2425 feet to the ground. It looks like an ethereal ribbon of white water, but it actually falls....  more
    Yosemite Falls is the highest Waterfall in North America, and the fifth tallest in the world, cascading 2425 feet to the ground. It looks like an ethereal ribbon of white water, but it actually falls....  more »
  • Really Spectacular. Many visits to Yosemite but this was the first time the falls were flowing. So beautiful it’s moving. 
    Really Spectacular. Many visits to Yosemite but this was the first time the falls were flowing. So beautiful it’s moving.  more »
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  • Yosemite Falls are world renowned for their nature beauty and breathe taking view. You have the choice of hiking to the very top and see the beginning of the cascade of water roll over the cliff’s edge or hike to the base of the falls and get soaked from the misty and feel the thunder and force of the water as it’s fallen over 2,425 vertical feet. Either way you’ll be in awe of natures beauty and power.
  • Beautiful park. I'd be interested in camping and spending more time there. We had a long drive to and from the park but were able to enjoy some sights in a 6hr visit.
  • This place is absolutely breathtaking! We finally checked off another bucket list item. The walk to the lower falls was easy and the views were spectacular. Definitely worth the drive to see Yosemite! Hopefully, we can return to visit again and stay longer.
  • This hike is fairly difficult with the elevation gain but the views are definitely worth it! Definitely recommend starting early cause the parking lots will definitely fill up even with the reservation system in place. Bring plenty of water and take some lunch to enjoy on the top of the falls overlook. Great trail for the solo traveler/photographer!
  • A fantastic difficult hike. If you are going to the upper falls, you might as well do the extra two miles to Yosemite Point since that hike is easier and the view is better. You need to be in good shape for this trail since you are doing a lot of climbing. Start early in the morning because you are fully exposed to the sun during much of this hike. It took me five hours to get to Yosemite Point and back, stopping at the upper falls. The park rangers advise 6-8 hours. At 7 am I only saw a few other people headed up. Park at the Yosemite Lodge or take the free bus. You cannot park at the Camp 4 parking lot without paying a camping fee (approx. $10). Hiking shoes and poles help since there is a lot of loose gravel. Bring a couple of bottles of water, and even more water if going during hot weather.

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