Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

Various • 24 mi • 0 ft

This world-famous valley is nature’s cathedral and showcase rolled into one. Words and pictures can never do it full justice. Bustling with tourists year-round, the park tries to limit cars on the roads by providing free shuttles while limiting parking spaces outside the main parking areas. You will save yourself a lot of hassles by taking the shuttle; you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for the next bus. Before you leave, be sure to stop by Yosemite Village for a tour of the museum, the Ansel Adams gallery, and the Indian Village (behind the visitor center), which provides a glimpse of what Yosemite looked like in 1872. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Silver Strand Falls, Widows Tears, Tamarack Falls, Wildcat Falls, The Cascades, Ribbon Falls, El Capitan Falls, Sentinel Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Upper Yosemite Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, Lehamite Falls, Snow Creek Falls, Tenaya Falls, Tanechka Falls, Royal Arch Cascade, and Staircase Falls.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite Valley
Length: 24 total miles
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Season: March to July
Trailhead Elevation: 5,600 feet
Other Uses: Wheelchair accessible
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: USGS El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls
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This is a medium level hike. We went during the spring an it was amazing as the waterfalls were gigantic. Is better to start very early as it can get very crowded. Yosemite is an amazing place, but is even more amazing when you hike to the top of the mountains.

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