Upper Yosemite Falls - Hike near Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite Village, CA 95389, USA,Yosemite Valley,California
37.75536928813357, -119.58394696604006
Address: Yosemite Village, CA 95389, USA
GPS: 37°45'19.3"N 119°35'2.2"W
Maps | Directions
State: California
Trail Length: 7.20 miles
Trail Type: Out & Back
Hike Difficulty: Advanced
Elevation Gain: 2500 feet
Trails/Routes: 2.9 mi

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Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America, standing at 2,425 feet. It's made up of Upper Yosemite Falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, and the middle cascades. Lower Yosemite Falls has its own one mile hike that takes you around the base of the falls if you're looking for something a little less strenuous.

With an elevation gain of about 2600 feet, the hike to the top of Yosemite Falls is one of the more difficult day hikes in the park. It's about 7.2 miles and is filled with steep, rocky switchbacks. Many hikers choose to turn around at Columbia Rock, which is about two miles in and offers great views of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. But to see it from the top, it's about an extra five miles going straight up. 

The falls dry up as early as August, so make sure to visit in the spring after the snow melts.

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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


From Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park

  1. Head northeast on Northside Dr toward Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
    Toll road
    (0.2 mi)
  2. Turn left onto Village Dr
    Toll road
    (0.4 mi)
  3. Turn left onto Castle Cliffs Ct
    Toll road
    (0.1 mi)

Take the shuttle and get off at stop #7.

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