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Bridalveil Falls Trail

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 4.3 (67) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A short jaunt to one of Yosemite's most accessible marvels, the 600' Bridalveil Falls.


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Map Key

0.4

Miles

0.7

KM

Loop

4,052' 1,235 m

High

3,954' 1,205 m

Low

98' 30 m

Up

98' 30 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Leashed

Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall

Family Friendly An easy trail to a stunning waterfall - what's not to love?

Leashed pets ARE allowed on this trail. Keep your food within arm's reach at all times and do not feed the wildlife. Carry out all trash and food waste (fruit peels, shells, etc.).

Overview

A short out and back to one of Yosemite's most astonishing and accessible destinations - Bridalveil Falls.

Need to Know

Drinking water is not available at the trailhead, base of the waterfall, or parking area. Restrooms are available in the parking area. Parking is available at the trailhead, accessible from the Wawona Road (continuation of Highway 41) or Southside Drive. The parking area often fills up quickly in summer and, while there is a lot of turnover, traffic jams are common when getting in and out of this parking lot. Another option is to drive a little further east on Southside Drive into Yosemite Valley (a few hundred yards), where you'll find parking on either side of the road with a different trail option. This trail is a bit longeran additional 0.25 miles (0.4 km), crosses Bridalveil Creek, and showcases different views of Bridalveil Fall as you approach the main parking area.

Description

Plunging 620 feet (189 meters), Bridalveil Falls is often the first waterfall you'll see when entering Yosemite Valley. In spring, it thunders; during the rest of the year, look for its characteristic light, swaying flow. A paved trail leads from the parking area to the base of this waterfall, which flows year-round. Although paved, this is trail is not wheelchair accessible due to its grade.

The trail to Bridalveil Falls is open year-round. When the water is at its peak in spring and early summer, you can expect to get wet! In some cases the spray is so strong, you may not even be able to easily access the end of the trail. Expect icy and very slick conditions in winter.

Flora & Fauna

The real highlight of this trail is the massive waterfall at its terminus. That said, you can't help but revel in the beauty of your natural surroundings here.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 67 votes

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  4.3 from 67 votes
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Bridalveil Waterfall, Yosemite
Apr 30, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Glorious Bridalveil Falls!
Apr 30, 2015 near Yosemit…, CA
Bridalveil Falls.
Apr 16, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Bridalveil Falls!
Jan 10, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Bridalveil Fall in the wind
Dec 26, 2018 near Yosemit…, CA
Bridalveil Falls is beautiful all year, but especially in the spring after 2017's heavy rain and snowfall.
Mar 31, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA

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Sep 9, 2020
Son S
Aug 26, 2020
jenni vogel
Aug 4, 2020
Kim Stetson
14h 30m
Jul 27, 2020
Terrae Schroeder
Done, trail is closed though but you can see waterfall from trail
Jun 30, 2020
Kelsey Fautsch
Jun 29, 2020
Ana A
0.3mi — 2h 50m
Jun 16, 2020
Michael Cloy
AWESOME!! Short easy. Foot bridge closed. Easy to cross creek on downed tree or rocks. Enjoy!
Mar 5, 2020
Lee Sybert
0.4mi — 11h 03m