“This short, easy trail deposits visitors at secluded and uncrowded Foresta Falls
— Megan W
River/Creek · Waterfall
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.
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.
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.