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Bridalveil Fall Trail is a 0.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.5 mi Elevation gain 85 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

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Bird watching

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Paved

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Waterfall

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Please note that as of June 2020, this trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please visit the park website for more updated information. Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm 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. Although paved, this is trail is not wheelchair accessible due to its grade. Pets on leash are allowed. Please stay on paved areas and do not climb or scramble around on the rocks as this has resulted in in juries in the past.

California Travel and Tourism Commision, P.O. Box 1499 , Sacramento, CA, 95812-1499, Phone: 800-862-2543

You can park in the parking lot at the start of the trailhead, just off Hwy 140. If that is full and you don't want to wait for a spot, park on the side of the road further down Hwy 140, and there is an alternate route to the fall (it's a tad longer).

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Follow Highway 140 eastward along the Merced River. Approximately 6.5 miles from the entrance the road splits forming a loop around the Yosemite Valley portion of the park. Follow the road along the right fork and make a quick left into the Bridalveil Falls parking area.

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Alexandra Mevissen
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Brian Radichel
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Hiking

Trail closed but you can get to the viewing point by the stream.

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Chris Nguyen
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Easy hike. Beautiful waterfall. Scramble the rocks at your own risk.

Bear S.
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Katie Van Den Bos
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Currently closed. Some people are ignoring the closed signs and scrambling the rocks though.

Yasmin Karimi
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Easy hike to the beautiful falls! We spent some time scrambling up the rocks at the base of the falls (may have fallen in once of twice, but totally worth it). Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful mist.

Sam K.
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Closed for the time we were here :(

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4K Nature Hikes
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Beautiful short hike to a gorgeous waterfall that flows year-round! Full virtual hike on youtube: https://youtu.be/qE8LD8qMX4I Great for trip planning or treadmill training!

Jenni B
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Enjoyed the short trail to the view of the falls. (Review from my visit in fall of 2018).

Aarran Shaw
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Amazing viewpoint. Yosemite really is the best <3

Jamey Watkins
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Great short walk for the whole family! Man photo ops!

Corey F
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Did this back in August 2015 on my very first visit n Yosemite. Was pretty dry in August with only light sprays. Pretty cool to have seen it on several visits since 2015 in various stages of flow or lack thereof

David Brown
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Great opportunities for Pictures!

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s wong
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Quick walk with excellent views. We didn’t scramble up the rocks for a closer view - icy conditions. Paved, easy, kid friendly walk.

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Priscilla Barnes
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Hiking

Not much a hike, as a scenery.

Gautam Sasi
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Easy hike, no hassle. Hardly takes half hour for the whole hike including photo session near the falls. Pretty good view of the fall at the end. Sweet reward for a quick hike.

Sam W.
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Hardly a hike. Beautiful view but extremely crowded in summer.

Heather Widmer
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Beautiful end and short hike

Christian Nielsen
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Overcrowded is an understatement. Not worth it. Pretty waterfall shots can be taken from the valley floor

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Roxana Gonzalez Ruiz
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Hiking

Beautiful waterfall and super easy walk!

Laura Chereau
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Chemin pavé familial pour aller jusqu’à la cascade. Elle est très impressionnante. Le chemin est court et facile. Les chiens sont les bienvenus. Le parking est tout petit il faudra donc être patient pour avoir une place

Johnathan Miller
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Hiking

Awesome experience! Especially if you venture where you’re advised not to.

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Kai W
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Walking

Hardly a hike, rather a 5-10 minute walk to the falls. What makes this still fun is the slight climbing on the rock formations at the end. Make sure to do that. The fall was beautiful, even though it was mid September. It was also really crowded, though (at 9am).

Dara Farber
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Hiking

Quick, easy trip. Mostly flat and paved. Falls were thin but still pretty.

Missy Van Arsdale
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quick walk, water is thin but still pretty

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P Lee
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quick easy trip. go early. no issue with parking.

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Gabriel Miller
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Hiking

beautiful. crowded as it is the first stop in the valley and traffic is terrible.

Andrew Albosta
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Hiking

Our first stop in Yosemite - a nice intro with the kids and something they enjoyed. Nice rock scramble past the paved trail. Late morning put this in shade so was quite pleasant in late August.

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Alex Stewart
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EASILY my favorite hike in Yosemite so far. Been here for 5 days and done just about every major hike (including halfdome). The view of this waterfall is amazing and it is accessible for any skill level. If you are experienced enough you can climb up the moss covered slick rocks to the uppermost level directly under the fall. Absolutely stunning view that looks like something out of a book. However, only do this if you have a high risk tolerance as the rocks are extremely slippery. For less experienced you can climb the rocks directly to the secondary level of the fall and swim in the pool underneath, with a complementary rock water slide that is thrilling to slide down. The water is the perfect temp and great for sore muscles. 10/5 stars

Changhan Dai
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Hiking

Finished it in a fresh air morning is a not bad idea

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