Waterwheel Falls

Tuolumne Meadows, California 95389

Waterwheel Falls

Waterwheel Falls Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"After a long ramble through Tuolumne Meadows, through pretty Glen Aulin, and into the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River, Waterwheel Falls climaxes a string of electrifying cascades. Waterwheel’s truly wonderful display of rambunctious eccentricity stands out even in a park famous for its waterfalls."

Waterwheel Falls Trip Reports

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1/9/2019
Amazing 23 mile r/T to several beautiful falls. Lots of mosquitoes but stunning trail.
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7/20/2000
This is the best overnight trip I've ever taken- great views of the area peaks, plenty of good spots along the Tuolumne River for taking a dip, and more great waterfalls than you can shake a stick at. Like most ravines in Yosemite, the trail is well developed with rugged park-style masonry. Established campsites cluster around all the prettiest spots. It isn't exactly solitary, but much less crowded than Yosemite Valley.
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Trail Information

Tuolumne Meadows
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
17.2
Distance
2,550 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Strong hikers can do an out-and-back day hike in 12 hours. Most people will want to take 2 days.
Duration
June and July are best to see the “waterwheels.” The trail is passable usually through October.
Season
8,600 feet
Trailhead Elevation
8,600 feet
Top Elevation
Tuolumne Meadows Visitor Center, Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Tioga Pass, Falls Ridge.
Local Maps

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