Wapama Falls Trail

EASY 17 reviews
#25 of 142 trails in

Wapama Falls Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

4.7 miles 983 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Turn North for CA 120 onto Evergreen Road This junction is located 1.1 miles west of the Yosemite entrance station at Big Oak Flat and 22. 5 miles east of Groveland. Note the Hetch Hetchy day-use hours to avoid getting locked behind closed gates 15 minutes down the the road. $30 Park Fee to Enter.

2 months ago

Fun trail!

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

90° day so very hot since most of the trail is exposed. Backpacked my one year old. No problems. Was not aware it is in Yosemite so there is a 30$ entry fee fyi

3 months ago

OK if you got extra time to spend, we made a day of going up to Hetch Hetchy, probably would have been better served seeing other things we never got to elsewhere

6 months ago

Beautiful hike amazing views and the water fall was spectacular

hiking
7 months ago

this is Not near long barn. It's off hwy 120 (evergreen rd) past groveland. hetch hetchy reservoir. Beautiful.

No dogs allowed on trail and you enter the Yosemite gate to get in so plan on paying the fee of $30. Would have been a fun hike but we brought our dog and had to turn around and go back. Ticket for dogs on trails is $250.

hiking
1 year ago

Fairly easy hike. There are long stretches without shade so bring plenty of water and a hat. Once at the falls, dip your feet and head in the water to cool off.

hiking
3 years ago

I took this hike in the early 1990's with two young (under 10) children. Very picturesque. The kids did well and the falls at the end were the highlight of the hike. They also enjoyed walking across the O'Shaughnessy dam. Very dry in the summer so take drinking water.

hiking
3 years ago

Fantastic trail. It's relatively easy to hike and very well maintained. The views are incredible all around. There were wildflowers and some wildlife as well. For instance, we saw a very pretty Northern Pacific rattlesnake (C. oreganus) on the trail. (These snakes aren't really aggressive and have a great warning system, if you're aware of your surroundings and careful to not step directly on them or very near then you'll never have a problem. No need to fear them or harm them.)

hiking
3 years ago

Was extremely hot when we were there but a nice trail nonetheless. We saw a rattlesnake along the way and managed to not fall into the reservoir.

hiking
3 years ago

Beautiful views, but the I think it should be labeled as moderate. Not much water flowing in July, as the smaller falls were not much to see. However, we saw people bathing in the "drinking water" at the falls. Hummm?

hiking
3 years ago

Loved this hike

hiking
4 years ago

Nice hike, great views. Not much water flowing at falls today, so view of falls not that impressive. Nice trail

hiking
4 years ago

Great hike with a views of Hetch Hetchy pretty much the whole way. A good option when you are trying to avoid the crowds in Yosemite Valley. Although this trail is rated easy there are some hills for some challenge. Bring plenty of water since it can get hot and there are few trees in spots. The falls at the end will cool you off early in the season with some refreshing mist. We went in April and the falls were full and over flowing the bridge but still passable.

fishing
6 years ago

Easy hike. The reward is very worth your time - Wapama Falls is beautiful. This Spring it was pumping hard and fast, a rare treat! There were a few small kids doing well on this trail, great for a family outing.

hiking
6 years ago

The trail to Wapama Falls was absolutely amazing! We took the family and had some great experiences. First, a young bear decided to walk with us. Second, a rattle snake coiled in the middle of the trail, rattled then slithered off. Third, the pools at the base of the falls were full and we bathed in them. We sat on the rocks at the pools and had an all organic picnic. It is a moderate hike, but our nine year old had no problem. Also, make sure to stop at Evergreen Lodge on the way home to eat. They serve wild meat that is absolutely over the top. We had Elk, Bison and Venison, incredible!