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At 2,425' above the valley floor, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America. This is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world, and for good reason. There are also great views along the length of the trail.

In winter, look for the ice cone that forms at the base of the Upper Fall. In early summer, between April and June, the snow-melt and runoff feed the falls to their most impressive display. The falls are comprised of three separate cascades. The Upper Yosemite Fall stretches to a height of 1,430' while the Middle Fall descends around 675' and Lower Yosemite Fall drops around 320 feet to the bottom.

You can spot the falls from a number of places in Yosemite Valley, with great views in Yosemite Village and from the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Use the one-mile loop, Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, for views up towards the falls. From the shuttle stop to the base of the waterfall is wheelchair accessible. If you would like to view the falls from a different viewpoint, you can also choose to hike the longer route on the Upper Yosemite Falls which takes you to the top of the falls where the view over the valley is breathtaking.

Short Hike: Use the Yosemite Falls parking area off of Northside Dr. or the shuttle to Camp 4, Stop #7 along Route 1 or El Capitan Shuttle Stop #E2. Then head out on the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail to get an up close view of the falls.

Family Friendly: The path to the base of the falls is easy, and kids will definitely enjoy the awesome sight of the tallest waterfall in North America.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

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Zander Göpfert

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Oct 22, 2021
Andrew Peckens
Oct 11, 2021
Terry McCall
All dried up with only a trickle this time
Sep 27, 2021
Heather Franke
Sep 7, 2021
Tom Herr
Took Lower Yosemite Falls loop hike there. No water running this time of year.
Sep 3, 2021
Samantha Lynn
Sep 1, 2021
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Aug 9, 2021
Shannon Rivera
Small falls
Jul 31, 2021
Joshua Mohr
Amazing

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