Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park: Address, Yosemite Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

Yosemite Falls
4.5
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The fifth tallest waterfall in the world, Yosemite Falls is the centerpiece of Yosemite National Park.
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janicepk
Annapolis, MD907 contributions
Tough Hike
Aug 2021
Our daughter got up early to do this hike which worked out well because she was ahead of the crowds. It is rocky, so wear good shoes.
Written 13 October 2021
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William H
Chandler, AZ254 contributions
A wonderful national park with amazing views
Aug 2021
I've always wanted to visit Yosemite and with my wife and I traveling through the area on our way to Oregon, I finally got the chance. We picked up a 3-day pass and used it every day to check out the sites. The views were amazing and by going in August there was no waiting, regardless of what we wanted to see.
Written 25 August 2021
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Creeping_Death_LA
Los Angeles, CA4,080 contributions
Nature at it's best
Jun 2021
It's been decades since I've been back and it's truly amazing. The falls are popular with many tourists taking photos and walking on the hiking trail below. This park is a California gem and must be seen at least once in your life.
Written 11 July 2021
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JAH
Lewisville, NC34 contributions
Pretty tough
Jul 2021
Not the toughest hike ever , but still quite strenuous. The views at the top are awesome ( both the overlook and Yosemite Point) and it is very nice to cool your feet in the Creek. The uphill portion was more pleasant than the downhill. Downhill is brutal on your knees/thighs and is quite slippery.
Written 8 July 2021
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koabug
Honolulu, HI1,428 contributions
nice but small waterfall due to the drought
Jun 2021
easy to reach fall with paved asphalt paths. the fall itself was small due to climate change and the drought that CA has been experiencing the past 2-3 decades. a visitor that I talked to that came to the park 3 years earlier said that the fall was about a 1/3 of its size.
Written 3 July 2021
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elockland
Arlington, VA41 contributions
Upper Yosemite Falls Trail Review
May 2021
Beautiful! Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is HARD and can get very crowded in the afternoons. I suggest leaving as early as possible to avoid this. Our favorite viewpoint wasn't the at the top of the falls but the view of Yosemite Falls after the first round of switchbacks. We hiked in May and the weather was super unpredictable given the elevation gain. Definitely pack LOTS of water and appropriate clothing and hiking boots for the given weather on the day you hike. Lower Yosemite Falls is also beautiful but there is not much of a hiking trail to the base of the falls/viewpoint.
Written 29 June 2021
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kunfushuss
Pennsylvania323 contributions
Go in spring!
Jun 2021 • Family
Water flowing well in mid June 2021.

The reviews here are reviewing a mix of trails. There is a very easy paved walk to a nice viewpoint, and then there are more strenuous trails to upper falls viewpoints. That makes this attraction a little confusing on TripAdvisor. The falls can be seen from many places in the park, and they're fantastic. I would go out of my way to plan a trip for spring/early summer to ensure I got to see them.
Written 20 June 2021
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John H
Parkville, MD50 contributions
My redemption hike: even better than I hoped it would be!
May 2021
This easily ranks among my best, and most rewarding, hikes- so far, second only to my Grand Canyon R2R in 2015. I first attempted it near the end of June 2017, and conked out roughly half an hour from the top. This is often the result when you 1) hardly slept the night before, having waited much of it for a slot at Camp 4, which I did get, 2) have not eaten breakfast, 3) are not in the best physical shape, and 4) are attempting this butt-kicking hike in 90-plus degree weather with full exposure to the Sun. Far from my smartest decision to make the attempt under those conditions, but I did take away some key lessons.

Another element that gave meaning to this hike and fueled my fire to return and conquer it was, as I was preparing to return to Maryland I saw a good friend, who was in stage 4 with cancer and passed away only weeks after my visit. I'd determined to come back some day and tackle it again, which took longer than I anticipated, but I made my return and hit the trailhead at 6:25 AM on Monday, May 17. This time, I was ready, with a good breakfast down the hatch and an excellent night of sleep at Upper Pines Campground.

I took enough water (2 jugs, one with Phenoh and Accli-Mate electrolyte powders mixed in), a protein bar and three PayDay bars for the extra fuel I'd need. Having started so early, the Sun exposure never was a problem; I made Columbia Rock within the first hour at an easy, sustained pace. Shortly after that is the slight descent as you come around and get the fantastic full frontal of the waterfall, and from there it was roughly two hours up to the top. Only on a few brief occasions was I exposed to the Sun, and as cool as it was, I barely noticed. I made it all the way up in three hours, and my redemption was complete! The view is just unreal- similar in scope to what you see at Glacier Point, and it's so cool to see that majestic waterfall in its river form, as it flows to that big drop-off.

On the way down, a very attractive and sassy brunette wearing pink stretch pants challenged me to go back up, which was my only regret in that I was completely spent, having already gone to the top. Gotta be in better shape next time....

Takeaways: absolutely get a good night of sleep and a quality breakfast, have enough snacks and electrolytes, and hit that trailhead early!! This is a tough one, but oh, that view...
Written 16 June 2021
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Michele
Seattle, WA48 contributions
A Must See
May 2021
Got my booty kicked hiking to the top of the Upper Falls! I hike a decent amount, but I found this one to be challenging. I think a big part of it was the entire second half of the hike is exposed to the sun, so make sure you bring plenty of water!

If you aren't looking for a strenuous hike, strolling around the lower falls is for everyone! I would recommend going early because parking becomes difficult to find and the area becomes very crowded with people of all ages.
Written 14 June 2021
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kkleinrn
Pleasant Grove, UT308 contributions
The most amazing water falls I have seen
May 2021
The upper falls and the lower falls have short trails to reach the best view point. Easy walks worth the effort.
Written 31 May 2021
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