The Cascades and Wildcat Falls

Yosemite, California

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Two gateway waterfalls located just outside the Yosemite Valley proper are linked by a short roadside walk. Cascade and Wildcat are Yosemite’s gateway falls. They are glorious when full with snowmelt, turning the heads of drivers following scenic CA 140 through the Merced Gorge toward Yosemite Valley proper. A quick stop and a short walk link the two plunges, which can run year-round but fade to ribbons in late season. Begin in the pullout below the Cascades, with limited parking (there’s more, potentially, across the road in the Cascade picnic area). When the Cascades are full, you need go no farther than the low stone wall that encircles the parking area to enjoy, though short social paths lead behind and closer to the creek.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Two gateway waterfalls located just outside the Yosemite Valley proper are linked by a short roadside walk. Cascade and Wildcat are Yosemite’s gateway falls. They are glorious when full with snowmelt, turning the heads of drivers following scenic CA 140 through the Merced Gorge toward Yosemite Valley proper. A quick stop and a short walk link the two plunges, which can run year-round but fade to ribbons in late season.

Begin in the pullout below the Cascades, with limited parking (there’s more, potentially, across the road in the Cascade picnic area). When the Cascades are full, you need go no farther than the low stone wall that encircles the parking area to enjoy, though short social paths lead behind and closer to the creek.

© 2015 Tracy Salcedo-Chourré/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-2 hours
Season: Year-round
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park, Public Information Office, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; (209) 372-0200 (dial ext. 3, then 5); www.nps.gov/yose. The website is extensive and should be every visitor’s first stop for information on the park.
Local Maps: USGS El Capitan CA; park map available online and at park entrances. No map is needed.
Driving Directions: Directions to The Cascades and Wildcat Falls

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