Bridalveil Fall

Yosemite, California 95389

Bridalveil Fall

Bridalveil Fall Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Drive into the Yosemite Valley proper, and Bridalveil is the first fall you’ll see, spilling over the shadowy cliff wall nearly opposite El Capitan. While many visitors simply stop alongside the road to view the waterfall, a short paved trail leads closer to its base.

When Bridalveil Fall is fully charged, its spray washes over viewers gathered on the tiered platforms at trail’s end. Expect to jostle with fellow hikers for the best camera angles during late spring and early summer, when the valley begins to clog with seasonal tourists. But regardless of whether the overlook is teeming or empty, the up-close views of the fall, the roar of its descent, and the thrill of its proximity will satisfy any waterfall aficionado."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

50 Best Short Hikes: Yosemite National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Elizabeth Wenk
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"The short walk to Bridalveil Falls is a must-do for every Yosemite tourist. The lighting is best in the late afternoon, beautifully illuminating the stream of water and U-shaped hanging valley at the top of the fall." Read more
Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press)
Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk
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"The hike to a view of Bridalveil Fall is one of four extremely popular, wheelchair-accessible trails in the park, the other three being to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall (Trail 29), out to Glacier Point (Trail 39), and to the lower reaches of the Mariposa Grove (part of Trail 43). In May and June, when Bridalveil Fall is at its greatest flow, not only do you have a dramatic view of the fall, but you may also be moistened (or even soaked) by its spray. Unlike Yosemite Fall, Bridalveil Fall never completely dries out, making it a good destination for late summer visitors." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"Bridalveil Creek flows over the southern wall of Yosemite Valley through a defile between Cathedral Rocks and the Leaning Tower. But before it reaches the bottom, 620 feet below, the wind catches, tatters, and flings the droplets into graceful, lacy patterns. If you visit in springtime, you can expect to receive a shower from the spray." Read more

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6/29/2011
Very short hike, regardless of which side you enter from. It gets 4 stars because of the proximity of Bridalveil Falls, which is very impressive.
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4/8/2009
The hike is sweet, if you ever get a chance to go to Yosemite and camp, do it! There are a lot of great trails. The views are breath taking. Stay at least a week.
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3/9/2007
A nice short hike in Yosemite, a good "starter" Yosemite hike. Most all of the trail is paved, so it's not exactly the high country. At the end, you WILL get wet, especially in the spring! My son did this hike at age 4 easilly, and there are some great spots to stop and play for them, too. Easilly accesable in the winter as well. NOTE: Spend the time to drive the 1.7 miles up the hill past the parking lot to the famous "tunnel view." It is WELL worth it, and the hike to Old Inspiration Point starts up there, too. Be prepared for MONSTER crowds year round at the parking lot there!
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8/22/2005
The hike itself is OK. At the end of the hike, there is a great climb up the rocks to the waterfall. Good for kids over 6.
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4/20/2003
There are two views of this fall that are the best; one is from across the Merced river for great photo ops and the other is the up close and WET choice. You have not really seen Bridalveil until you have gotten up close. In April there is abundant snow melt and rainfall such that the falls are really roaring, maybe more like Frankenstien's Bride that some meek veil-covered bride to be! Bring your raincoats and waterproof cameras though as you can chill quite quickly! If the parking lot is packed just go past there a short distance to an open meadow. There is a short trail on the right that takes you up to the falls.
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3/26/2002
Its an easy hike on a wide paved road up to the falls. The hike is beautiful any time of day, but if you are looking for a secluded walk, this is not the place for you. The trail itself is a high traffic area but worth getting around the crowds to see the view. It is spectacular and an easy trail for anyone!
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Trail Information

Yosemite
Nearby City
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Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
15- 45 minutes
Duration
Year-round
Season
Camping
Additional Use
Waterfalls, Views
Features
Yosemite National Park, Public Information Office, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; (209) 372-0200 (dial ext. 3, then 5); www.nps.gov/yose. The website is extensive and should be every visitor’s first stop for information on the park.
Local Contacts
USGS El Capitan CA; park map available online and at park entrances. No map is needed.
Local Maps

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Dec 2018