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Distance

7.2 miles

Trail Type

Out & Back

Trail Difficulty

Strenuous

Δ Elevation (FT)

~2,700 (+)

USGS Quad Map(s):  Yosemite National Park Topo Map

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Yosemite Falls Trail

California | Yosemite

  • Upper Falls in Yosemite National Park.
  • Upper and Lower Falls in Yosemite National Park.
  • Upper Falls in Yosemite National Park.
  • Upper Falls in Yosemite National Park.

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Notes

Yosemite Falls Trail is a difficult day hike in Yosemite National Park that features awe inspiring views. Yosemite Falls Trail is a classic hike not only in Yosemite, but also in the entire park system. It has relentless switchbacks. Don't fret however; as a Yosemite Park Ranger once told us, "switchbacks build character." This hike leads you to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls, which at 2,425 ft. is the tallest waterfall in the United States. Make sure to stay on the trail; there are steep drops along this route. Along the way have a snack and take in spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Sentinel Rock from Columbia Rock, which located one mile up the trail. Another half mile up the trail hikers will come to a breathtaking view of Upper Yosemite Falls. From here hikers continue to the steep climb until they reach the top of the falls and are greeted with incredible views. From the top hikers have a choice. They can turn around and head back the way they came, or they can extend their hike. To east lies Yosemite Point, which will give hikers amazing views for Half Dome and an up close look at Lost Arrow Spire. This adds a little more than a mile and half to the hike. Eagle Peak is to the west; this way you can expect tremendous views of Eagle Peak, part of the Three Brothers and panoramic views. This option adds nearly 5.8 miles to hike. This hike can be turned into a backcountry excursion as well, but permits are required. There is camping available in Yosemite National Park.

History

The Yosemite Falls Trail is one of the oldest trails in the park, it was built from 1873 to 1877.

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Contact: Public Information Office PO Box 577 Yosemite, CA 95389

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