A SUPERB hike, but it is NOT easy to moderate. Whoever wrote that has not hiked this trail! It consists of over one hundred switchbacks, which start from the get-go. The hike is almost straight up the entire time. After about one mile, there is a great outlook called Columbia Rock. It has a nice railing and is a nice place to take a breather...you'll need one! My 5-year old made it here, so it can be done with kids (just make sure they are ready for a tough little hike for their legs!).
After Columbia Rock, you hit "the sand"...which is exactly what it sounds like through a series of about 20 switchbacks. Then, you hit most of the exposed portion of the hike the rest of the way up.
However, the rewards are WELL WORTH the effort! The views of both upper and lower Yosemite Falls along the way are out of this world, and a snow cone forms under the falls in the winter. The views of the valley for the first mile are outstanding as well. After the strenuous hike to the top, the view and feeling standing next to the top of Yosemite Falls is priceless. The feeling of the water barreling over the side is breathtaking, especially in the spring, when the whole mountain shakes near it.
At the top, there is an old rickety railing attached to the sides of the mountain leading you down a very narrow staircase to a great overlook perched right at the lip of the falls. The views from here are out of this world. It is truly worth every mile!
if you're ready for a tough 7+ miler, this is the hike for you. Bring PLENTY of water, as even in the spring there aren't many places to tank up (with a filter) past the halfway point. Lace 'em up and enjoy the hike!