Illilouette Fall

Yosemite, California 95389

Illilouette Fall

Illilouette Fall Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Follow the Panorama Trail past classic views of Half Dome to a sheltered overlook of one of Yosemite’s more remote falls. Just about every waterfall in Yosemite National Park could be called bucket list.

For Illilouette Fall it’s not only because of the fall itself—which, don’t get me wrong, is spectacular as only a Yosemite fall can be—but also because of the journey. Let’s put it this way: The trail’s not named Panorama for nothing. As you traverse below the Illilouette Ridge, heading southeast into Yosemite’s backcountry, views open in an arc before you."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
Suzanne Swedo
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"This is an upside-down hike to the top of a seldom-seen waterfall and should probably be considered at the very upper limits of an easy day hike, but it isn’t difficult if you take your time. Remember that it will take much longer to come back up from the fall than it did to go down. Make sure you have allowed plenty of time and that you carry water. Before you begin, take a minute to enjoy the overwhelming immensity of the panorama at the trailhead. To the left is North Dome, capping the graceful Royal Arches; in the center is Half Dome, the monumental symbol of Yosemite. The only confusing section of the whole route is here at the beginning. Do not immediately strike out along the edge of the cliff to the left (north) of the trail sign. Instead head slightly uphill to the right (south). At 0.1 mile there are two more signs and two trails. To the right (west) is the Pohono Trail, which skirts Yosemite Valley to the west. The Panorama Trail, described here, goes left (south) toward Illilouette Fall." Read more

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Trail Information

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Trail Type
Skill Level
5-6 hours
Yosemite National Park, Public Information Office, PO Box 577, Yosemite, CA 95389; (209) 372-0200 (dial ext. 3, then 5); The website is extensive and should be every visitor’s first stop for information on the park.
Local Contacts
USGS Half Dome CA; park map available online and at park entrances
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Dec 2018