Lower Yosemite Falls

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite + Central Sierra, California

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Lower Yosemite Falls

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  • Old-growth ponderosa pines frame Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Lower Yosemite Falls during spring runoff.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • View of Upper Yosemite Falls during spring runoff.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • View of upper Yosemite Falls at low flow in autumn.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • The path to Lower Yosemite Falls is paved and ADA accessible.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • The Lower Yosemite Falls Trail makes its way through interior live oak, incense cedar and ponderosa pine before opening up at the viewing platform overlooking the falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Viewing platform for Lower Yosemite Falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • With a bit of exploring, visitors can make their way up to the base of the falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Lower Yosemite Falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • Half Dome as seen from Lower Yosemite Falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
  • During the fall you just might find an empty trail on your visit to Lower Yosemite Falls.- Lower Yosemite Falls
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy waterfall access. Impressive view of Half Dome from the base of the waterfall.
Cons: 
Crowds.
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Region:
Yosemite + Central Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Points of Interest:
Viewpoint, Old growth forest, Waterfall
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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Lower Yosemite Falls makes up the final drop of the impressively massive Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in the United States. While the upper portion fo the waterfall, Upper Yosemite Falls, receives the majority of attention (understandably so with a drop of 1,430 feet), it's little brother is nothing to scoff at with a 320-foot plummet top to bottom.

Located across the road from Yosemite Lodge, within an old-growth ponderosa pine grove, the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail frames up both Lower and Upper Yosemite Falls in picture-perfect alignment. The paved, flat trail leads over a quarter mile through ponderosa pine, live oak and incense cedar before emerging at a viewing platform. Most visitors stop to enjoy the falls from the platform, but if you're feeling adventurous, you can continue up to the base of the fall by navigating the boulder field and scrambling up to the Lower Yosemite Falls pool (be prepared to get wet during spring and early summer months). And by exploring beyond the viewing platform, you will also be rewarded with breathtaking views of Half Dome.

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