Lower Chilnualna Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Lower Chilnualna Falls Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching and is best used from March until October.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 252 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. A short but steep hike up to the base of Chilnualna Falls in Yosemite National Park This hike will only take about 30 minutes round trip and will bring you to a beautiful waterfall with a great swimming hole at the base. You can climb up the trail further and scramble up a few rocks to find another waterfall above with an even bigger swimming pool. If you are itching for even more of a hike consider continuing up the trail another 4 miles to the top of Chilnualna Falls where you can see some roaring cascades and great views of the Wawona valley.

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4 months ago

Lots of people but very pretty if you can tone out the barking and talking

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9 months ago

What a beautiful short hike. Well worth it to make your way to second falls.

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rocky
11 months ago

Fun little hike, parking at trail head. Heavily trafficked if you don’t go early. Always worth taking a short walk to the base of the falls to snap a few pictures! Not super easy for very old folk but manageable.

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11 months ago

Beautiful trail to the bottom of the falls. Stay on the road to start and see the bridge before heading up. Most recently a warning for Mountain Lions.

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11 months ago

This trail has the best effort or payoff ratio of potentially the entire park. Beautiful, close views of a roaring waterfall this June after less than a 15 minute walk

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rocky
11 months ago

No swimming. Water too high. Nice view but ehh...

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rocky
11 months ago

Short and sweet. Some steep rocky areas, but nothing my kids (ages 6-11) and I couldn’t handle. Not as crowded as other hikes in the area, with a beautiful waterfall, lots of water coming down in the spring.

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11 months ago

Trail is simple, but the waterfall is well worth the short hike You can get right next to the waterfall.

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bugs
Fri Apr 26 2019

Fantastic short secluded hike in Yosemite. Get away from the crowds and hike along a massive, booming waterfall! Tons of great vantage points both on and slightly off trail. Hiked 4/26/19 and falls were FLOWING!!!

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rocky
Sat Apr 20 2019

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Tue Apr 16 2019

This is a nice scenic trail that is good for a quick waterfall admiration. we did this trail after setting up camp at Wawona campground, to get to know the area.

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rocky
Wed Apr 10 2019

Great view of the lower falls.

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Sun Jan 13 2019

We made the hike Christmas Day, just before a family dinner. Very nice family hike. It is a little steep but not too bad. The youngsters of our group had no problems, but some of the seventy year olds needed a very short break about three quarters of the way up. There was a lot of water, so the falls look great, and very much worth the hike. Once you get to he falls, you are very close to them. That is great for looking at them but not for picture taking. My 70mm lense could not focus on the falls because we were too close. Would do the hike again in a heart beat.

Mon Dec 31 2018

very nice short hike. watefall is gorgeous. we did it in December an still has a lot of water. after a couple of feets if starting there are two options, dirt trail on the right is shorter but a little narrwo on some spots but still ok for children. path on the left towards the houses also take you to the waterfall but trail is a little longer and stiff.

Sun Dec 16 2018

Bring bug spray

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Tue May 29 2018

Easy hike to lower section. Nice area and hardly anyone there even though the parking lot was packed.

Sun Mar 11 2018

Doesn’t get any better!

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Wed Aug 09 2017

Very nice small waterfall this time of year. Worth the effort.

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Tue May 23 2017

Beautiful hike. Definitely worth the hike for the waterfall. Not too strenuous and mist at top to cool you down.

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2 months ago

recorded Recording - Jan 18, 17:50

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recorded Lower Chilnualna Falls Trail

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