Upper Yosemite Fall

Yosemite, California

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Reaching views of Upper Yosemite Fall involves a demanding hike accompanied by outstanding vistas of the Yosemite Valley. One of the park’s premier attractions in spring and early summer, Yosemite Falls features three tiers that drop more than 2,400 feet from rim to valley floor. The upper fall is the tallest at 1,430 feet; the middle cascades are the most difficult to see; and the lower fall, at 320 feet, attracts the hordes. The trail to Upper Yosemite Fall, given its steepness, doesn’t attract quite as many visitors as the trail to the base of the lower fall, but still sees plenty of traffic.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

Reaching views of Upper Yosemite Fall involves a demanding hike accompanied by outstanding vistas of the Yosemite Valley.
One of the park’s premier attractions in spring and early summer, Yosemite Falls features three tiers that drop more than 2,400 feet from rim to valley floor.

The upper fall is the tallest at 1,430 feet; the middle cascades are the most difficult to see; and the lower fall, at 320 feet, attracts the hordes. The trail to Upper Yosemite Fall, given its steepness, doesn’t attract quite as many visitors as the trail to the base of the lower fall, but still sees plenty of traffic.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 3
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3-4 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 and Yosemite Falls CA; park map available online and at park entrances.
Driving Directions: Directions to Upper Yosemite Fall

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