Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

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Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round.

5.8 miles 3323 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

Enjoy the thrilling views of looking down from the top of Yosemite Fall. Yosemite Fall, dropping 2,425 feet to the bottom of the valley from the top, is one of the most visited places in Yosemite National Park. The fall consists of three sections: upper falls, middle cascade and lower falls. While most people visit lower falls only, upper falls is definitely worthy of visiting for its eye-opening views and hiker's self-satisfaction of reaching it. The trail to Upper Yosemite Fall is about 3 miles one way, gaining approximately 3,000 feet in elevation along the way. Once you get to the top of the valley, you can go to Yosemite Fall Overlook, a small platform near the mouth of Upper Yosemite Fall, to enjoy the thrilling views of looking down from above. The trailhead is located in the Sunnyside campground (Camp 4) near Yosemite Lodge. In essence, the hike can be divided into sections as the following: from the trailhead to Columbia Rock, from Columbia to the lower gate, from the lower gate to the upper gate and from the upper gate to the overlook. It generally takes 6 - 8 hours for average hikers to complete the roundtrip hike. The trail is generally open for the whole year, but can be difficult to hike in winter due to snow, especially beyond Columbia Rock.

4 days ago

Great hike. Bring tons of water. Only complaint is the top view isnt quite as good as the way up.

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6 days ago

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9 days ago

CALF KILLER- but worth it! You start out with switch backs so you should know what you are getting yourself into but push yourself to the top. Once you soak in the view you'll forget your tired legs. Bring lots of water, proper shoes, and a positive attitude :)

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16 days ago

18 days ago

This is the greatest hike I've done to date. Even with the drought and zero water in the park, the views from the top were second to none.

18 days ago

great went on November 7 2016

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20 days ago

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24 days ago

24 days ago

switchbacks for days!!! Such a rewarding view at the top.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Amazing hike! We went in the middle of December and portions of the trail were icy.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

Amazing trail, the views are spectacular.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Totally stunning scenery..I loved this hike.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

I did this hike in May of 2016 with my wife and 16 year old daughrer. the falls were flowing hard and was a great trip. once at the top of the falls my wife and daughter were spent so I left them to rest and eat, I then jogged another mile to the Yosemite look out across the creek on the next ridge over, well worth the energy if you have it in you. take walking sticks (rubber tips) the hike down is slippery with the fine granulars on the granite boilders. wear booted with good ankle support. Take about 3 liters of water per person or do what I did and take some life straw bottles and fill up as you go. Great views and you get close up to one of our country's greatest waterfalls. The year before I was in Yosemite and hiked Half Dome in July and Yosemite falls was just a trickle, when we hiked the falls in May it was roaring so plan your trip in spring or early summer

1 month ago