Lower Yosemite Falls - Hike near Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
Lower Yosemite Falls Trailhead, Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, California 95389, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.7464114, -119.5962486
Address: Lower Yosemite Falls Trailhead, Lower Yosemite Fall Trail, California 95389, USA
GPS: 37°44'47.1"N 119°35'46.5"W
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State: California
Trail Length: 1.00 miles
Trail Type: Loop
Hike Difficulty: Easiest
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trails/Routes: 0.8 mi

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Yosemite Falls is 3,967 feet high, making it twice as tall as the Empire State building, ten times as tall as Niagara Falls, and one of Yosemite Valley's biggest attractions.

Lower Yosemite Falls trail is short, easy hike that offers views of the entirety of North America's tallest waterfall from its base. The trail is so short and flat that it's essentially just a brisk walk. It will lead you to a footbridge where you will likely get sprayed with water if you are visiting during spring or early summer. By early fall and late summer, though, the waterfall will dry up, so make sure you plan accordingly. 

Although the hike doesn't offer much until you reach the falls, there are several places to stop, rest, and read about the history and significance of the iconic waterfall.

Once you've admired the waterfall, taken tons of photos and gotten completely soaked, you can cross a bridge over Yosemite Creek to loop back to the shuttle stop or make your way east, past Yosemite Village toward Mirror Lake, a popular pool a couple miles away. 

Rainbows can sometimes form at the base of the lower falls when the moon is full, a phenomenon called "moonbows."

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Be courteous, informed, and prepared. Read trailhead guidelines, stay on the trail, and don't feed the wildlife.

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  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel & camp on durable surfaces
  3. Dispose of waste properly
  4. Leave what you find
  5. Minimize campfire impacts
  6. Respect wildlife
  7. Be considerate of other visitors

Directions

From Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

  1. Head southwest on Northside Dr toward Cook's Meadow Loop
    Toll road
    Destination will be on the right
    (0.2 mi)
or

Parking will lead you to Yosemite Village. From there, take the Valley Visitor Shuttle and get off at stop #6. Follow the bike path in either direction to reach the loop trail.

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