Chilnualna Fall

Yosemite, California

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Chilnualna Creek seldom flows slowly, but instead tumbles in cascades and waterfalls almost constantly for most of its length. The most spectacular sections and highest waterfalls are found at the beginning and end of the hike, and the trail has been built so that it comes closest to the river at the beginning and end. It's a steady, uphill pull, but the grade is comfortable. This route would be much more heavily used if it were not tucked away in a little corner of Yosemite. The waterfall is as exciting as any in Yosemite Valley, but few tourists know about it.
Hiking Yosemite National Park

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Hiking Yosemite National Park

by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)

Chilnualna Creek seldom flows slowly, but instead tumbles in cascades and waterfalls almost constantly for most of its length. The most spectacular sections and highest waterfalls are found at the beginning and end of the hike, and the trail has been built so that it comes closest to the river at the beginning and end. It's a steady, uphill pull, but the grade is comfortable. This route would be much more heavily used if it were not tucked away in a little corner of Yosemite. The waterfall is as exciting as any in Yosemite Valley, but few tourists know about it.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 2,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Season: Spring, early summer, and fall
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: USGS Wawona and Mariposa Grove quads
Topo Map: Chilnualna Fall Topographic Map
Guide Book: Hiking Yosemite National Park Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

9/6/2000

Major problems: trouble finding a parking spot (you can use free shuttle), crowds in the lower part of the grove (ususlly ends by the Giant Grizzly tree), noisy tram tour (loops along the trail in some parts). Otherwise a very pleasant and mildly moderate hike to see the giants.

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