Chilnualana Falls

Wawona, California 95389

Chilnualana Falls

Chilnualana Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Chilnualna Falls twists through a narrow rock chasm and freefalls 240 feet down a narrow gorge from high above the Wawona basin. Above the main falls, a cataract tumbles 60 feet in a series of cascades separated by pools and large granite slabs. This trail heads up switchbacks that steadily climb to the top of the falls, gaining 2,400 feet in four miles. At the top, granite steps follow the creek past the numerous pools and cascades. Along the trail are magnificent views of the forested Wawona area and the Chowchilla Mountains."

Chilnualana Falls Reviews

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This is an excellent hike! I went on Sunday, May 4, 2008. The weather was beautiful and the river and the falls were roaring. I started at noon and got to the top of the falls at about 2:30, enjoyed lunch then got back to the trailhead at 4:30. I passed people coming down as I was going up, about every 15 minutes, but it still felt remote. The trail was clear, well-graded, not too steep, lots of shade, and little seasonal creeks along the way. Wonderful hike!
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Great late summer hike. Temps weren't too bad and there are some great swimming holes at the top. The water at the falls is cold but very refreshing after the hike. The first couple miles are gradual and mostly dirt. The second half is a little steeper and more rocky. If you have spent much time in Yosemite Valley you will appreciate the smaller crowds on this southern Yosemite trail.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
4.5 hours
Best spring through fall
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Wawona and Mariposa Falls
Local Maps

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Oct 2018