Bridalveil Fall Trail

EASY 130 reviews
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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
62 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

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.

7 days ago

Lovely fall and easy walk on paved path.

hiking
11 days ago

11 days 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.

15 days ago

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

16 days 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!

hiking
21 days ago

23 days ago

There were so many people on this trail/walk!

26 days ago

Neat to see the waterfall so close!

hiking
27 days 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

28 days 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!

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1 month ago

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