Chilnualna Fall

Yosemite, California

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A short, easy hike leads to the bottommost plunge of Chilnualna Fall outside Wawona. This is the easy way out: A nearly fl at walk of less than a mile leads to what could be called the tail end of Chilnualna Fall, the last plunge on Chilnualna Creek before it cascades into the South Fork Merced River. It’s a pleasant lowland Yosemite excursion, nice for an afternoon stroll after a visit to the Mariposa Grove. Chilnualna Fall, composed of five cascades along more than 4 miles of Chilnualna Creek, flows year-round, though in late season (or drought) the watercourse and waterfall thin to streams. This may not be what waterfall lovers crave, but even when the water slows up, the last plunge of the long fall fills a lovely, shaded pool suitable for wading and toe-dangling.
Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourré (Falcon Guides)

A short, easy hike leads to the bottommost plunge of Chilnualna Fall outside Wawona.

This is the easy way out: A nearly fl at walk of less than a mile leads to what could be called the tail end of Chilnualna Fall, the last plunge on Chilnualna Creek before it cascades into the South Fork Merced River. It’s a pleasant lowland Yosemite excursion, nice for an afternoon stroll after a visit to the Mariposa Grove.

Chilnualna Fall, composed of five cascades along more than 4 miles of Chilnualna Creek, flows year-round, though in late season (or drought) the watercourse and waterfall thin to streams. This may not be what waterfall lovers crave, but even when the water slows up, the last plunge of the long fall fills a lovely, shaded pool suitable for wading and toe-dangling.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Yosemite
Distance: 0.8
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
Local Maps: USGS Wawona CA; park map available online and at park entrances
Driving Directions: Directions to Chilnualna Fall

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