Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

Yosemite Valley, California 93619

Yosemite Valley Waterfalls

Yosemite Valley Waterfalls Professional Guide

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"This world-famous valley is nature’s cathedral and showcase rolled into one. Words and pictures can never do it full justice. Bustling with tourists year-round, the park tries to limit cars on the roads by providing free shuttles while limiting parking spaces outside the main parking areas. You will save yourself a lot of hassles by taking the shuttle; you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for the next bus. Before you leave, be sure to stop by Yosemite Village for a tour of the museum, the Ansel Adams gallery, and the Indian Village (behind the visitor center), which provides a glimpse of what Yosemite looked like in 1872. This trail guide contains descriptions of the following trails: Silver Strand Falls, Widows Tears, Tamarack Falls, Wildcat Falls, The Cascades, Ribbon Falls, El Capitan Falls, Sentinel Falls, Bridalveil Falls, Upper Yosemite Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, Lehamite Falls, Snow Creek Falls, Tenaya Falls, Tanechka Falls, Royal Arch Cascade, and Staircase Falls."

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"A chance to stand at the lip of this grand force of nature is a thrill unmatched by few hikes anywhere in the world. You’ll pay your dues with a steep climb, but the everchanging views over Yosemite Valley afford a terrific tonic for fatigue along nearly every stretch of this spectacular out-and-back route."

Yosemite Valley Waterfalls Trip Reports

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4/21/2011
This is a medium level hike. We went during the spring an it was amazing as the waterfalls were gigantic. Is better to start very early as it can get very crowded. Yosemite is an amazing place, but is even more amazing when you hike to the top of the mountains.
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4/11/2006
it's a tough hike but rewarding at the top. the views aren't a great along the way as some trails. a steep climb up and down (as all the trails from the valley floor are).
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5/1/2003
This was the first major trail I ever hiked. It was tough - steep, lots of switchbacks but it was worth it. At the time I was there, the falls were in full force making every view spectacular.
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10/29/1998
This was quite a few years ago, but it occurred around Halloween in late fall and the falls were completely dry. It's not as impressive to look at nor as scenic, but it does give you the opportunity to wander all the way out to the edge and sit at the lip of the falls and look down. I'm not usually afraid of heights but that was certainly the most cautious and anxious I've ever been peeking over the edge. It is an unbelievable (and scary) view. The hike up is steep and strenuous, but offers good views of the valley including half dome.
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Trail Information

Yosemite Valley
Nearby City
24
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
March to July
Season
Waterfalls
Features
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
USGS El Capitan, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls
Local Maps

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