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Foresta Falls Trail

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Length


1.0 Miles 1.5 Kilometers


1' 0 m

Ascent

-316' -96 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

9%

Max Grade (5°)

4,308' 1,313 m

High

3,992' 1,217 m

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Shared By Megan W

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This short, easy trail deposits visitors at secluded and uncrowded Foresta Falls

Megan W

Dogs No Dogs

Features River/Creek · Waterfall

Family Friendly A short, easy, secluded trail that ends at a waterfall. The kids will love exploring the area.

The Foresta area is a historical in-holding within Yosemite that was planned to be a summer retreat. Be respectful of the private property here.

Description

Start from the end of the main Foresta Road near the last house where the paved road ends and narrows a bit into an unpaved dirt road. Proceed gently downhill, paralleling Crane Creek. Don't be alarmed when the road veers away from the creek, it soon turns back and crosses a bridge at the falls themselves. The best time to visit is during the spring runoff or after a large rainstorm, as the falls will be at their most dramatic after recent precipitation or melt. Despite its proximity to the Valley, you're likely to have this area to yourself since it is such a little-known spot.

Foresta Falls descends a total of about 200 feet, but the part that's most accessible and safe to reach is the still-impressive 60 foot cascade that flows in a wide spray across rocky ledges. The falls are split somewhat by the footbridge making it hard to visually appreciate the whole drop. It is possible to reach the upper cascades with some determined bush whacking but this is not recommended due to ticks, poison oak and slippery cliffs.

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Nov 6, 2016
David Hitchcock
Hiked out and back. Saw about 15 people, one group of 10 were bird watchers. Bridge damaged by fire, but good to walk on.

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