Yosemite Falls is made up of three cascades totaling 2,425 feet, making it the one of the tallest waterfalls on the planet. It’s not feed by a mountain lake or river, but rather, is powered only by snow melt and runoff. That’s why during the drier Summer months Yosemite Falls can almost completely dry up.
This pic was taken from the meadow on the Valley floor and offers incredible views of Yosemite National Park. You can clearly see the three cascades. You can’t make it out from this distance but to the left of the falls is the Yosemite Falls Trail – it is a must do for any Yosemite hiking fan.
The 7.2 mile (round trip) hike begins at Shuttle Stop 7 through Camp 4. No doubt this hike is on the strenuous side so go prepared. Our favorite description of the upper portion of the hike, and one that we use almost every time we go hiking is “You will now experience a series of seemingly never ending switchbacks”, actually makes me smile just writing it. Although there are hikes with many more switchbacks in one spot (Mt. Whitney Trail for one), that description beautifully describes the felling you’ll have on your accent.
Once you reach the top all of those thoughts fade away as you’ll enjoy a spectacular view, get right on top of the water falling over Upper Yosemite Falls, and feel the accomplishment for what you’ve just done. Enjoy it, because you have to hike down!
Such great places to wander and explore. Get out and #FindYourPark
Keep an eye on the Falls by visiting the Yosemite Falls webcam.