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Bridalveil Fall Trail

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

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

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

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
3 days ago

Short and simple hike, be prepared to get wet.

hiking
4 days ago

Did not feel like a half mile but definitely worth the short trek! Very misty but super pretty view of the falls. Very mellow, paved trail

hiking
29 days ago

Kid friendly! Waterfalls best seen in the spring! This is our 2nd hike using this app and we visited Yosemite for our 4th wedding anniversary and took out 3 year old in September. There was hardly no water in the waterfall at this time

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and beautiful. Be careful for ice near the top! A lot of people fell.

hiking
1 month ago

In April & May when the falls are in full volume then the hike is a must. Also, in the winter when the falls are iced over, the hike is a must to watch the ice climbers!

2 months ago

East short walk in the snow.

2 months ago

Pretty trail in winter.

hiking
2 months ago

Short and sweet! Easy walk to the bottom of the falls.

hiking
2 months ago

Was quick and easy... nice view!

2 months ago

not really a hike but a short walk but worth stopping and checking specially if you have little kids as we do. they loved it. we did it on December and it was impressive. the little creek was frozen adding additiona attractive

hiking
3 months ago

Not much of a hike but the view of the falls is stellar. Parking lot fills up quickly so plan a very early trip. Stop by tunnel view afterwards just up the road

walking
4 months ago

Super short hike but the views are pretty!!

4 months ago

super easy hike!

4 months ago

Magical, went all the way to the top, where the waterfall hits the ground, pure heaven ☺️

hiking
4 months ago

Bridalveil Falls trail, Yosemite. Water still falling in November when some of the other Yosemite Falls have dried up. Beautiful, ethereal, don’t miss it. I’ll be coming back in late spring.

4 months ago

Quick and effective! Great photo op.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful view of the fall off the top of the mountain. We did hike down to the actual fall. Slippery rocks so it is more dangerous. Use caution.

4 months ago

nice easy hike

4 months ago

You get real close to the falls. Too bad not much water was falling but it was still worth it

5 months ago

Easy and well paved path with a view of the waterfall at the end. Rocky area under the waterfall to boulder on.

hiking
6 months ago

6 months ago

Very easy paved trail. BEAUTIFUL and not crowded early in the day.

walking
6 months ago

This is a short hike but it’s great to get out of the car and stretch your legs after a long drive because it’s the first waterfall you come to in Yosemite Valley. Parking is hard because the lot is small and summers get very crowded, so be patient. The trail can get crowded too, but there is bathrooms at the trailhead, misty conditions if the falls are full, and good photo ops.

7 months ago

Amazing. A short walk turned into rock hiking up to the base of the falls and swimming in refreshing water (cold!!). Wife and two kids climbed the rocks. Very slippery, use caution. Barefoot on the way down was much easier.

hiking
7 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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".

8 months ago

An easy Yosemite hike

9 months ago

simple. easy. and picture perfect.

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