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Carlon Falls Trail

Intermediate/Difficult

Trail

1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 254' 78 m
Descent: -104' -32 m
High: 4,492' 1,369 m
Low: 4,331' 1,320 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 4% (3°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

A great destination on a hot day, Carlon Falls flows all year into inviting pools.

Megan W

Features River/Creek · Swimming · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Family Friendly Easy road access (with close parking and bathrooms), mellow gradient and a fun place to splash around at the end. Be careful of the slippery rocks and current when the water is high.

Description

If you are trying to avoid the National Park entrance fee, this is a good option- the trailhead is outside the park boundary but the falls are inside. From the parking area on Evergreen Road, follow the South Fork of the Tuolumne upstream along the straightforward trail. Pass through a V-gate marking the park boundary. The grade is uphill, but never overly steep. This is a shaded, forested route with early season wildflowers. You may also spot some folks fishing for rainbow and brook trout.

After travel over more level ground, the climb steepens a bit until you reach the 30-foot falls. The falls are fairly wide and flow over broad granite ledges. There are some pleasant picnic and wading spots right at the falls or you can continue to the top of the falls for more pools. As always, use caution in or near the water and slippery rocks. The best time for wading and swimming is after the spring runoff is over- usually late May to September depending on the winter snowpack. This is a popular spot, but usually there is enough room for everyone to spread out and enjoy it. In the Rim Fire burn area, watch out for falling trees during rain/wind storms.

Flora & Fauna

Fern, rhuarb. Bears.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Jul 1, 2019
Bailey Tilford
1.5mi
Jun 20, 2019
Chris Connelly
Jun 3, 2019
Olivia Lynn
3 miles RT, completed 4 times
Oct 5, 2018
Wesley Elliott
Upper falls completed
Apr 16, 2018
Paul F
Nov 19, 2017
Steve Evans
Aug 11, 2017
Cheuck-Tri Yee
Nice relaxing trail with an awesome series of waterfalls and pools at the end.
May 19, 2017
Stefan Dyadchenko
1.2mi

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Carlon Falls (photo by Sonny Abesamis).
May 15, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA

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