Bridalveil Fall Trail

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Bridalveil Fall Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, 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.

DISTANCE
0.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
78 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy paved trail, great views of the fall.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice, short trail to get you to the falls. It’s fairly crowded but has some nice sights along the way.

hiking
4 months ago

Excellent introductory view of the park. The best part is scrambling up as far as possible for better views of the falls / rainbows. There is an adjacent waterfall if you walk laterally after scaling up 150 feet or so, with a cave that you can enter for cooler views and pictures. Technical climb for rock scrambling which is moderate-difficult.

hiking
4 months ago

Good simple walk on a paved path. Not too many people when we went. The end of the path affords amazing views of the falls above. I went off trail and rock scrambled to the base of the fall, which is about another 230 feet elevation. This is very technical, and though many tried, only a few got as high at the fall. Take care, since this is a dangerous change in skill and not for everyone. Skill change on the trail goes from Green, to Single Black here. Need to take care on that part, remember that every rock is water polished smooth-so it is very slick. About half way up, the water mist makes every rock slippery.. And the obvious way up or down, isn't always the right way.

4 months ago

Super short walk to the beautiful falls, works great as a stop during a scenic drive, but there are so many people doing the same thing. The parking lot here has bathrooms and water.

4 months ago

Short hike with nice waterfall. worth a quick look as you drive through the valley

5 months ago

Beautiful ! Larger than lower Yosemite falls Depends on the time of year I guess

hiking
6 months ago

The waterfalls in this season seem to have dwindled down quite a bit since my last month's visit but it is still in every way impressive!

This spot is very heavily trafficked mid day. The most difficult part of this trail was finding parking!!

After a quick half a mile trot towards the fall, you will have the option to either take some photos from a distance or rock scramble over to the base of the falls for another half mile. The part is technical and can require decent shoes for good footing. I took off my flip flops and felt like I had an advantage doing so.

If you choose to take it a step further and go all the way to the first tier drop, the area is mostly secluded because it's even more dangerous to go this direction. I suspect you can't come to this area after a good rainy season because the fall would be too massive to stand close by.

Other than having to deal with people, I'm still in love with this place! It takes nothing to walk to and needs to be a part of everyone's visit.

6 months ago

Lovely fall and easy walk on paved path.

6 months ago

Super easy. If you want to get close to the big water fall you have to do some climbing and make your own path. If there's a lot of people it makes it more challenging to dodge them.

6 months ago

It's not much of a hike, more of a walk to a very picturesque falls. Arrive before 8 to avoid the stampede.

6 months ago

Really fun! We climbed the rocks and went up pretty high! Would not recommend without proper shoes and equipment becuz the rocks are slippery!

6 months ago

There were so many people on this trail/walk!

7 months ago

Neat to see the waterfall so close!

hiking
7 months ago

Very short hike - very little parking - we went by 3 times and couldnt find a space however if you go real early - you are fine. I think the views of the waterfall are actually better from the main road as opposed to under the waterfall itself

7 months ago

lots of fun scurrying up the rocks to the waterfall. it's very easy and paved for the first bit, but when you leave the path and start up on the slippery rocks it becomes much more challenging and fun!

hiking
7 months ago

7 months ago

Easy and beautiful trail. Good for all age and skill levels. Wear a raincoat!

hiking
8 months ago

Easy. Got soaking wet

hiking
8 months ago

Half mile, easy paved trail. Go early or fight the crowds. Parking is a nightmare. The pit toilets are foul.
There's a better view of Bridleveil across the valley. There's a pullout on Northside Drive directly across from the falls.

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