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Lower Yosemite Falls Trail is a 1.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.2 mi Elevation gain 59 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Wheelchair friendly Kid friendly Stroller friendly Walking Forest Lake Paved River Views Waterfall Fee
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A quick stroll to see Yosemite Falls, the tallest waterfall in Northern America and 5th in the world crash down on the rocks below. Open year-round, this trail is easy but icy in the winter. This is a 1 mile/1.6 km loop which takes about 30 minutes to complete. The trailhead is at the Lower Yosemite Fall Trailhead (shuttle stop #6). This short, easy walk provides spectacular views of Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls and even Middle Cascade. Like all waterfalls in Yosemite, this waterfall is often dry from late July or August through October and is best seen in spring when the winter snow is melting and the upper lakes are full, significantly increasing the flow of the water over the edge. Accessibility: This trail is paved, typically at least four feet wide, and mostly flat except for steeper grades near the viewing area at the end of the route (grade starts to increase at about 0.7 miles). The last 180 feet has a slope of 14% so only the first half of this trail is considered wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller friendly. There is a free accessible shuttle available at shuttle stop #6 as well as accessible bathrooms at the trailhead.

Bathrooms, Visitor Center, restaurants, lodging are nearby; ample parking on road and in nearby lots; you can also ride the free shuttles from any shuttle stop parking area.

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

You can walk over to Lower Yosemite Fall from the Yosemite Village parking lot or take the free (and environmentally-friendly) Yosemite Shuttle to stop #6. Although you may be tempted, do not get too close as the rocks near the base are sharp and very slippery (not to mention there is a water falling powerfully from above). It has been estimated that the average flow for spring is somewhere around 2,400 gallons/second, so it would not be a good idea to walk under the falls in the hopes of cooling off.

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Follow Highway 140 into the park. Bear right as the road to Yosemite Village forks and drive past the Yosemite Chapel. Bear left following the fork toward Yosemite Village and Visitor Center. Turn left on to Northside Drive, continueing .75 miles to the Lower Yosemite Falls parking area. This is shuttle stop #7.

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Gabe Lopez
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Great small hike! Unfortunately the fall was dried up, but still some amazing views!

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Alex Henderson
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Waterfall is dry. Sad. But the valley is still worth it!

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Louise Blanch
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Mark Evans
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Nice short walk. Bone dry in October. Guessing spring is way better

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Ben McCormack
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Very easy walk but too many inconsiderate people flying around on bikes

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Chistopher Durrett
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Anshul Agrawal
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Hsuchia Chang
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IDK Hiking
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Very nice trail. The falls was all dried up for this time of the year. Beautiful anyways!

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Douglad Bodenhamer
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Great views through a simple walk. You can see wildlife and streams. Not epic, but can good for a family or a simple stroll.

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Fidel Hernandez
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Sylvia Hess
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quinn costantini
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very simple. got lost at the end a little bit and ended up walking through the dry river bed. will be coming back to see the falls when they are running!

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Erick Cruz
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Dry. Easy walk.

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Roger C
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Christy Harcrow
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Matt Kuhn
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Mid September was all dried up and Smokey from fires but it’s a nice paved 1 mike loop that would be gorgeous w water

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Queen Latifa
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The trail was short and sweet; a quick loop! The fall was dry but we saw deer and a few black bears... amazing!! Worth it if you have 30-40 minutes to spare for the walk and pictures.

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Harold Ruelas
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I came during the end of summer/fall time and the falls were dry :( still beautiful and very tranquil. The view of the falls only makes me want to come back in the spring and truly experience its beauty.

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Nate Spencer
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Kei Kawai
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No water in September

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Krissy Waller
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Took this for a little night walk and it was really easy to follow with a smooth path.

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sergio soto
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Nice relaxing easy trail it would have been nicer if the water was still flowing but it was nice either way. Good if you have young kids or people who can’t really do trails.

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Rebecca Zabinsky
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Hanna F
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No water at this time, but still amazing view and worth the walk!

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Stone Conroy
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The water is gone, but so are the people! Good time to check this out

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Michele Tom
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Easy 30 minute walk. Falls were dry but still a beautiful sight to see.

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Heather Park
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No water in summer

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Jan Garcia
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It's a very relaxing and easy trail. Too bad there's no water at the falls but it's still wonderful.

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Jeff Kempski
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