The Cascades and Wildcat Falls

Yosemite, California 95389

The Cascades and Wildcat Falls

The Cascades and Wildcat Falls Professional Review and Guide

"Two gateway waterfalls located just outside the Yosemite Valley proper are linked by a short roadside walk. Cascade and Wildcat are Yosemite’s gateway falls. They are glorious when full with snowmelt, turning the heads of drivers following scenic CA 140 through the Merced Gorge toward Yosemite Valley proper. A quick stop and a short walk link the two plunges, which can run year-round but fade to ribbons in late season.

Begin in the pullout below the Cascades, with limited parking (there’s more, potentially, across the road in the Cascade picnic area). When the Cascades are full, you need go no farther than the low stone wall that encircles the parking area to enjoy, though short social paths lead behind and closer to the creek."

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"The Cascades are located just below the confluence of Tamarack Creek and Cascade Creek. The watercourse tumbles 500 feet down the sloping canyon wall and empties into the Merced River. Wildcat Falls is a tall, narrow, freefalling cataract on Wildcat Creek that drops off a solid wall of granite rock. Both waterfalls are dramatically different in size and appearance. Short paths lead to the base of the waterfalls."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1-2 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 El Capitan CA; park map available online and at park entrances. No map is needed.
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Oct 2018