Foresta Falls

Groveland, California 95321

Foresta Falls

Foresta Falls Professional Review and Guide

"This year-round waterfall and its upper cascades are surrounded by a haunting woodland burned in the historic Arch Rock Fire. Foresta Falls is not an iconic Yosemite waterfall, nor is its setting classic Yosemite stunning. But it drops through a tortured landscape that is eerily moving and tells a story unlike any other. It’s the story of fire.

This area has seen its share of fiery fury, as evidenced by the recovering woodland surrounding the community of Foresta. Fire blew through in 1991, devastating the area; the cabins now on the ground were built in the aftermath of that blaze. Fires threatened again in 2009 and 2011."

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"The small town of Foresta is just northeast of El Portal on the western edge of the park. It is one of the few regions with privately owned property in Yosemite National Park. Unlike the larger Wawona, Foresta is more of a cluster of houses in the woods than anything else. A severe fire ravaged the area in 1990, which burned some 90 percent of the trees and destroyed property. Today, you can still see the remnants of fire, although the lush green foliage is slowly reconquering the landscape. The town is located some distance into the woods between Highways 120 and 140; you do not have to go on hour-long detours to avoid the crowds. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Foresta Falls."

"The town of Foresta is a small settlement tucked into a valley near Big Meadow. The valley is below Big Oak Flat Road just inside the boundary of Yosemite National Park. The hike follows an unpaved road a short distance along Crane Creek to Foresta Falls. The waterfall, which extends several hundred feet, is a long series of cascades and pools that drop over granite slabs."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Yosemite National Park, Public Information Office, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; (209) 372-0200 (dial ext. 3, then 5); The website is extensive and should be every visitor’s first stop for information on the park. Stanislaus National Forest, Groveland District, 24545 CA 120, Groveland, CA 95321; (209) 962-7825;
Local Contacts
USGS El Portal CA
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Oct 2018