Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

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With three separate drops measuring 739 m (2,425 ft) in total, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in North America and ranks among the top ten in the world. It can be seen from many places throughout the Yosemite Valley, but you can also hike to the base and the top of the waterfall. An easy hike to the base is wheelchair accessible and rewards you with a stunning view of the upper drop. Just be careful of the slippery ground and don’t be surprised if you get sprayed by the water. The trail to the top offers breathtaking views of the valley, but you should consider it only if you’re a serious hiker. Make Yosemite Falls a centerpiece of your Yosemite National Park vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Yosemite National Park trip planner .
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  • Good to visit Yosemite National Park in November, everywhere is colorful and beautiful. Nice to walk around.  more »
  • We were lucky as we could see the waterfall, it was not dried out. The whole area is worth a walk. The whole national park is just amazing.  more »
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  • Hike Yosemite Falls in early May when it's around its peak. Granted I did hike around 50 miles with 50lbs on my back before this but it would have been a tough hike regardless. Honestly, it's not really worth hiking to the top except for being able to say that you hiked to the top. The best view is about half way when the falls first come into view. If you cant make it to the top, don't sweat it...literally.
  • Walked the falls and yosemite point walk. Leave before seven to get the climb done in the morning cool. Views are spectacular and my son and I took so many videos and photos we will never have time to review them. Follow this with a drive to glacier point to get a great photo of your walk. Places at the top to keep cool in the shade loads of water of course if you have a filter. This is a tough climb and many drop out on the way up. Do please encourage others on the trail and if you are struggling then find some shade and sit down to rest. The views and personal achievement are well worth the effort. If you do one trail on your life make it this one. Also make sure you do the waterfall viewpoint walk it is not as precipitous as the YouTube videos would show you and the shared experience is just magical. Take videos and photographs. Take plenty of water and energy snacks. The drive to glacier point is about an hour or so and there are no refreshment stops The views from the point are fantastic and many of my friends are saying I have enhanced my photos. This is not the case, the views are so photogenic even a starter with a simple camera can achieve great photos. Point to be aware though, the refreshment facilities at glacier point were closed so take snacks.

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