Bridalveil Fall

Yosemite, California

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Drive into the Yosemite Valley proper, and Bridalveil is the first fall you’ll see, spilling over the shadowy cliff wall nearly opposite El Capitan. While many visitors simply stop alongside the road to view the waterfall, a short paved trail leads closer to its base. When Bridalveil Fall is fully charged, its spray washes over viewers gathered on the tiered platforms at trail’s end. Expect to jostle with fellow hikers for the best camera angles during late spring and early summer, when the valley begins to clog with seasonal tourists. But regardless of whether the overlook is teeming or empty, the up-close views of the fall, the roar of its descent, and the thrill of its proximity will satisfy any waterfall aficionado.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Drive into the Yosemite Valley proper, and Bridalveil is the first fall you’ll see, spilling over the shadowy cliff wall nearly opposite El Capitan. While many visitors simply stop alongside the road to view the waterfall, a short paved trail leads closer to its base.

When Bridalveil Fall is fully charged, its spray washes over viewers gathered on the tiered platforms at trail’s end. Expect to jostle with fellow hikers for the best camera angles during late spring and early summer, when the valley begins to clog with seasonal tourists. But regardless of whether the overlook is teeming or empty, the up-close views of the fall, the roar of its descent, and the thrill of its proximity will satisfy any waterfall aficionado.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 15- 45 minutes
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 Bridalveil Fall

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