Staircase Falls

Yosemite, California

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This ephemeral waterfall is easy to miss, both because its season is short and because other falls in Yosemite Valley are showier. It is viewable from Curry Village and the boardwalk in Stoneman Meadow. A walk through Curry Village reveals the lower part of the spill, which runs in rivulets down the cliff face behind the tent cabins. A more impressive view of the falls, which scatter across the cliff face as an unnamed creek drops from near Glacier Point into the Yosemite Valley, can be had from the boardwalk in Stoneman Meadow, which begins opposite the road leading into Curry Village. The short walk through the meadow also offers great views of Half Dome and other Yosemite monoliths as well.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

This ephemeral waterfall is easy to miss, both because its season is short and because other falls in Yosemite Valley are showier. It is viewable from Curry Village and the boardwalk in Stoneman Meadow. A walk through Curry Village reveals the lower part of the spill, which runs in rivulets down the cliff
face behind the tent cabins.

A more impressive view of the falls, which scatter across the cliff face as an unnamed creek drops from near Glacier Point into the Yosemite Valley, can be had from the boardwalk in Stoneman Meadow, which begins opposite the road leading into Curry Village. The short walk through the meadow also offers great views of Half Dome and other Yosemite monoliths as well.

© 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: 1-1.5 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. No map is needed.
Driving Directions: Directions to Staircase Falls

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