Bridalveil Fall Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.
A quick walk to a stunning waterfall, believed to be the home to the protector of Yosemite Valley. The waterfall is appropriately named: when there is enough wind, the mist looks like the veil a bride might wear. The Ahwahneechee tribe believed the fall to be the home of a spirit which protected the valley, and that inhaling the mist would increase ones chance of marriage. For Yosemite Waterfall standards, this 620ft fall doesn't stand out compared to Yosemite Falls, but it is definitely worth taking the time to see this stunning waterfall as well. Like all waterfalls in Yosemite it is best seen in spring when the snow has just begun to melt and the water levels are at their highest. The "hike" to the fall only takes a couple of minutes along a paved path if you parked at the nearby parking lot. It will take a little longer if you parked further down Hwy 140, but the walk is nice and flat.
This is a short and easy hike in either summer or winter. The crowds are plentiful and the reason why I gave it four stars. Based on beauty alone, it would be a five star trail.
The mist on a cold winter day felt amazing. Beautiful waterfall
Great views of the fall. Bathrooms at trailhead were smelly, but had lights. Careful with slippery rocks at the vista point.
This trail gets up close and personal with bridalveil falls and is easy and paved. It CAN get very icy in the winter though so be cautious of that.
Very easy, but very packed.
Easy paved trail, crowded, probably beautiful when the fall has a better flow.
Easy little trail...made it just a bit more difficult by climbing over the rocks to get closer to the Falls.
Easy, But go Early or Late, you'll never get a parking spot, nor will you get any kinda shot without people in your photo
took longer to find a parking spot then walk the trail but it was really pretty
nice and easy.