Hiking Yosemite National Park
by Suzanne Swedo (Falcon Guides)
© 2016 Suzanne Swedo/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
This is a beautiful trail shared with hikers. The trail is fairly well maintained. At the beginning you have to use the asphalt road to the equestrian trailhead. It's pretty slick for shod horses. Mine are barefoot and we had an easier time.
No obstacles on trail. Just before you reach the lower falls you ride a fairly narrow stairstep. It is not, I repeat NOT for the faint of heart or novice. There is a 2000 foot drop to your right. The trail is 4 or 5 feet wide. Of course, we got off and walked our horses through this. We rode after Labor Day during the week, because we didn't want to encounter too many hikers with backpacks, especially on this stretch of the trail. The lower falls, although barely a trickle at this time of year, was very pretty and the horses got a drink of water. As it looked like rain coming, we did not go further. I understand there are switchbacks to the upper falls that also are not for inexperienced horses or riders. I'm glad I did this trail, but don't know if I'd do it again since there are many trails from Wawona that are by water and less of a risk.
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