Bridalveil Fall Trail

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Bridalveil Fall Trail is a 0.4 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
0.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
45 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
4 days ago

Beautiful falls that are perhaps too close to the road. There are just too many people everywhere, scrambling on the rocks, screaming on top of their lungs and in general exhibiting the sort of "crowd behavior" that one would expect to see at an amusement park rather than in nature.
That said, it is definitely wort stopping by if you're driving past.

hiking
27 days ago

Short, paved trail with lots of people. Takes maybe 10-15 minutes to make the bottom of the waterfall from the parking lot. Well worth the stop.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy paved trail, done several years ago! Very very crowded. Not the way I like to enjoy nature but is great for all skill levels and the falls are pretty. Just felt very much like a "tourist attraction".

1 month ago

An easy Yosemite hike

1 month ago

simple. easy. and picture perfect.

hiking
2 months ago

my husband and I took our four kids to this water fall and loved it. we climbed the rocks as far as we can and got some beautiful pictures.
be prepared to get wet.
also expect a lot of people!!

2 months ago

Beautiful waterfall with very very short hike to get to the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

lots of people. paved path. good sight though

2 months ago

Nice views

3 months ago

Easy trail and great with all the water. If you want to get close bring a rain coat

3 months ago

Super easy with good views. A little touristy, but fun to stand in the mist

hiking
4 months ago

The hike up to the falls was extremely easy but the view of the falls coming down the cliffs was spectacular. Would highly recommend for all ages. I suggest parking on the road slightly past the trail because it was extremely hard to find a parking spot. Great choice for a first day and super refreshing to feel the most from the falls spraying up at you. *bring a poncho or rain jacket if you do not want to get wet.

hiking
4 months ago

A nice easy trail if that is what you are looking for, and spectacular falls. Good for the whole family, best in the springtime.

4 months ago

Quick and easy trail. 100% worth the time and effort. You can get soaked on a hot day if you like, or just get some awesome photos of the base of the fall

4 months ago

I went on March 19 and it was a delight, with snow still on the ground. Slippery in parts of the paved trail, so it’s better sometimes to go off the trail just a little bit and clamber up and down. Excellent atmosphere, filled with spray from the falls and the roar of the water when you get to the top of the trail.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome Trail , went with my 7 yr old. it was so icy and dangerous when we went.
My son loves it , but i had to slide down to the trail on the ice yet it was Fantastic

4 months ago

Short and sweet, just the way it was meant to be. Pretty cool in the rain. They’re going to be renovating the trail soon, to make it more accessible and crowd-friendly, better bathrooms, better parking lot, etc.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

If you want to see a waterfall but are short on time, this is one to see. Best time to go is in the spring/early summer when the snow is melting.

hiking
8 months ago

Very easy paved trail, great views of the fall.

hiking
9 months ago

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

hiking
10 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
10 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.

10 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.

10 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
Tuesday, August 15, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Lovely fall and easy walk on paved path.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

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.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

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