nature trips



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10 days ago

Agree with Kelli. Perfect spring hike. Lots of wildflowers. Bring lots of water!

10 days ago

As spectacular as a high Sierra day hike can be. Few people, because it is relentlessly uphill. There are 20 yards of technical, exposed trail less than a mile in, near a marvelous falls overview; nothing beyond is as challenging. The top is outstanding and undoubtedly worth the effort: boisterous falls, panoramic views, floral wall trailside, and a large granitic saddle for meandering.

We were fortunate to hike this trail in early May when the falls were absolutely cranking. There were a few small falls along the way as well. Nice wildflowers, and only a few other hikers on the trail. A great half day hike - if you are staying in Wawona campground, it is definitely worth doing this hike away from the crowds of The Valley!

Nice, hike when Valley floor is full, not to many people on the trail. Hike was not to bad for the small ones in the group, plus seeing the falls with that much water was worth it

Nice waterfall views right at the beginning! Worth the climb. Not difficult. Saw loads of children going up with a group excursion!

30 days ago

Nice escape from Valley crowds with cascading falls. Continuous moderate climb with some fairly level areas make this a nice 1st day for backpacking or dayhike/trail run. There is an initial waterfall payoff very close to the start. After that, the trail moves away from the fall. The trail returns to the water a couple times, most notably by the top. Continue on up to the trail junction for more views. The junction is a good turn around point for day hikers...or cross the creek via a couple "interesting" fallen log options for backpackers. Both options have their pros/cons. If the water isn't strong, perhaps ford between the two log options.

Beautiful hike. Definitely worth the hike for the waterfall. Not too strenuous and mist at top to cool you down.

Do people really go back there or is it just you and Tom Harrison? I plan to hike from Mammoth Lakes to either the valley or Wawona via Fernandez Pass

Beautiful hike up to some great falls. Wonderful scenery on the way, including several small creek falls/pools at least when we went, late spring after a wet winter so falls are roaring this spring! Several great viewed of the falls/river on the way up. NPS rated the hike as strenuous and says its 4.1 miles one way, so I think it's a bit longer than what is listed here. Steepest in the beginning and the end, the bulk of it was not very steep. We headed out about 8:30am, only one other car on the trailhead. Saw a pair of does on the way up, and had the trail mostly to ourselves until the top. Passed a lot more people on the way back but still not as heavily trafficked as many main Yosemite hikes. If you start at the trailhead parking you're probably doing about 9mi total, as you hike the lower falls first and then access the main trail after you pass that. We love to hike, are not as fit as some, so it was strenuous for us (overall) but totally with it!

Great trail to listen to the water and enjoy wild flowers.

Such a great hike! More awesome/beautiful than we had even anticipated!