Lower Yosemite Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"This short, level trail leads to the base of North America's tallest waterfall. The falls drop 2.425 feet, nearly a half mile, in three tiers from the steep granite cliffs. The trail leads to a bridge crossing Yosemite Creek. Late in the summer, as the amount of water from the falls decreases, the creek bed has a series of small pools and cascades that are popular for soaking and sunbathing."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes in Yosemite National Park (Day Hike Books).
"An easy paved trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall, where Yosemite Creek completes its dive onto the valley floor. One of the park’s premier attractions in spring and early summer, Yosemite Falls features three tiers that drop more than 2,400 feet from rim to valley floor. The upper fall is the tallest at 1,430 feet; the middle cascades are the most difficult to see; and the lower fall, at 320 feet, attracts the hordes. For good reason: The paved path to Lower Yosemite Fall leads into the spray itself when the flows are at their peak, and the experience is sublime."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"A must-do hike for every visitor to Yosemite Valley, this walk takes you right to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall, thundering in spring and dry by late summer, when you gaze upon an impressive rock wall. The loop walk takes you across the many forks of Yosemite Creek en route to the fall."
--Elizabeth Wenk, 50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"From Memorial Day to the Labor Day weekend perhaps over a thousand visitors daily make a short pilgrimage north to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall, many (if not most) arriving by tour buses and from out of state. And why not? Yosemite National Park is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Yosemite Valley is its star attraction, and Lower Yosemite Fall is its most accessible fall. On your hike the vast majority of hikers only go to the bridge view of Lower Yosemite Fall and return the way they came, whereas I describe a slightly longer route, a 1.1-mile loop."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press).
"Yosemite Falls is among the most famous and frequently photographed falls in the world, and this walk gives you the closest top-to-bottom head-on view you can get anywhere. The trail crosses a bridge so close to the base of the lowest fall that you can feel the spray early in the season. This hike is the most dramatic when done clockwise.According to some, this is the highest waterfall (2,425 feet) on the continent. It is actually a series of three falls—the upper one dropping 1,430 feet, a middle series of cascades totaling 675 feet, and a lower one tumbling 320 feet—and qualifies as the highest only if all three are added together. In May and June, the thunder of the water from melting snow falling onto the rocks below can be heard all over the valley, and the spray drenches onlookers hundreds of feet away."
--Suzanne Swedo, Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides).
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