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.
The trail was short but the waterfall was beautiful. It was packed with people. So we walked back down through the river.
This trail is more of a nature walk than a trail. However, the views of the falls and the experience of standing in the mist at the base make this one a very worthwhile trip.
We went here in February around the time of the fire falls. As expected, it was crowded, although on the day of this hike, it wasn't terrible. We saw about 15 other people on this trail.
The trail itself is paved and has its own parking lot and vault toilet at the start.
You probably want to bring a poncho or a good rain coat for this one. Many people weren't prepared and seemed disgruntled at the moisture. Also, depending on the time of year, yak trax would be a good idea. It's in Yosemite Valley, so snow isn't a big concern, but this one can get icy.
Overall, it was a great experience and I definitely recommend it.
Gets you really close to the waterfall. Good photo opportunities will get you a little wet from the mist coming off the falls but worth it.
More so a walk than a hike. Needed yack trax to make it to view point due to ice (early march)
One word. Magical!
From the parking lot the waterfall looks ok. Go a few feet deeper and enter a winter wonderland. Full of icicles on tree branches, snow, and a cool misty shower. The water is exploding from the mountain. I've never seen anything like it. The best scenery nature has to offer. Go now!! After the snow melts it will go back to being another ok waterfall.
Wonderful waterfall paved and slippery lots of tourist. Be prepared to be wet.
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.