Illilouette Fall

Yosemite, California

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Follow the Panorama Trail past classic views of Half Dome to a sheltered overlook of one of Yosemite’s more remote falls. Just about every waterfall in Yosemite National Park could be called bucket list. For Illilouette Fall it’s not only because of the fall itself—which, don’t get me wrong, is spectacular as only a Yosemite fall can be—but also because of the journey. Let’s put it this way: The trail’s not named Panorama for nothing. As you traverse below the Illilouette Ridge, heading southeast into Yosemite’s backcountry, views open in an arc before you.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Follow the Panorama Trail past classic views of Half Dome to a sheltered overlook of one of Yosemite’s more remote falls. Just about every waterfall in Yosemite National Park could be called bucket list.

For Illilouette Fall it’s not only because of the fall itself—which, don’t get me wrong, is spectacular as only a Yosemite fall can be—but also because of the journey. Let’s put it this way: The trail’s not named Panorama for nothing. As you traverse below the Illilouette Ridge, heading southeast into Yosemite’s backcountry, views open in an arc before you.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 5.4
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5-6 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 Half Dome CA; park map available online and at park entrances
Driving Directions: Directions to Illilouette Fall

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