Bridalveil Falls - Hike near Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
Bridalveil Fall, California 95389, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.716669, -119.6463888
Address: Bridalveil Fall, California 95389, USA
GPS: 37°43'0.0"N 119°38'47.0"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 0.50 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Easiest
Elevation Gain: 80 feet

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Known for being the focal point for one of Ansel Adams' most famous photographs, Bridalveil Falls is one of the first waterfalls you see as you enter Yosemite. The path to get there is a quick, easy half mile hike, making it a great introduction to the park. It gets its name from the mist that rises up from the falls and usually soaks onlookers -- it resembles a bride's veil. Although it's not as tall as Yosemite Falls (no North American waterfall is), it still towers over the valley at 620 feet tall.

The trail is pretty simple. You can park outside the trailhead to a paved path that will take you to the viewing point, but it goes straight through a range of trees. It's easy to navigate once you're there, but difficult to make out on a map.

Although it is one of the few that flows year round, the water from the falls is at its peak in the spring and summer, where it's likely you will get wet from the viewing point, and in the winter, the path can get pretty icy and slippery. The trail is completely paved, so it is wheelchair accessible and pets are permitted as long as they're on a leash.

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  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
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Directions

From Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

  1. Head southwest on Northside Dr toward Cook's Meadow Loop
    Toll road
    (2.9 mi)
  2. Keep right to stay on Northside Dr
    Toll road
    (2.1 mi)
  3. Turn left onto Southside Dr
    Toll road
    (0.9 mi)
  4. Slight right onto CA-41 S/Wawona Rd
    Continue to follow Wawona Rd
    Toll road
    (374 ft)
  5. Turn left
    Toll road
    (128 ft)
  6. Turn left
    Toll road
    (289 ft)
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The parking lot is just outside the trailhead.

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Distance ?

1,010 feet

Elevation Gain ?

118 feet

Real Ascent ?

118 feet

Real Descent ?

0 feet

Avg Grade (7°)

12%

Grade (1° to 18°)

2% to 32%

Elevation differences are scaled for emphasis. While the numbers are accurate, the cut-away shown here is not to scale.

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