Lower Yosemite Falls Trail

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Lower Yosemite Falls Trail is a 1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.0 miles Elevation Gain: 52 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

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. Half of the loop is wheelchair accessible and leashed pets are allowed. 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.

hiking
16 hours ago

Amazing views when the crowd is smaller

hiking
17 hours ago

The approach to the falls on the paved path was pretty crowded, and the lower rock scramble had a lot of people as well. Continuing to boulder to the left put us back into shade (this was around 2:30p?) and we kept going up the far left side against the rock face. The mist from the falls was mostly off of us and we didn’t get too chilled from it. We went basically as far up as we could and got a nice view of the valley - that made the trip more than worth it. Rocks were fairly slippery despite being dry (moreso than Bridalveil falls area).

6 days ago

Amazing hike for all skill levels. If you are more confident you can hike up the rocks and make your way to the base of the waterfall and swim directly under the fall. If you just want to chill there is a great place to view the fall from nearby

hiking
7 days ago

Nice little walk.

hiking
8 days ago

trail running
9 days ago

I trail/road ran from Curry Village to Lower Yosemite Falls to Mirror Lake and back to Curry Village for a total of 7 miles and 500 feet of elevation gain. August 11, 2019.

hiking
10 days ago

It is difficult to get an unobstructed view of the falls in July, but it is gorgeous nonetheless. Be sure to keep your eye out for a spot where you can also catch a view of the upper falls. Great accessible trail for anyone.

hiking
11 days ago

This is one of the easiest trails in Yosemite with one of the biggest pay offs. It’s just over a mile of a loop trail that has several turn offs, accesses to unpaved hikes, restrooms, lots of bench seating, and amazing views of the Falls, rock face, and Merced River. Half of the trail is at a steep (14%) slope, so those in a wheelchair should just go out and back along the path coming from Yosemite Village. It’s an early stop (6) in the free shuttle route, so it’s best to knock this out early in the day to get yourself moving. Then catch the shuttle to the various other stops throughout your day.

hiking
12 days ago

I enjoyed my walk on this paved trail easy for the kids easy for the dog traffic flowed smoothly not too overcrowded the river down below was beautiful I would recommend this as an easy trail for families and ADA

hiking
17 days ago

The falls were gorgeous but the trail was paved all the way to the falls. Climbing the rocks to get a better view of the falls was the move.

hiking
19 days ago

It was pretty! Very busy when we went. Nice small trail if you have extra time.

hiking
20 days ago

Nice, easy, paved walk with great views of the falls along the way. Lots of people though, only downside.

hiking
22 days ago

Ok, decent and flat but nothing adventurous. Also very very crowded. Must see, but it won't take long to get used to it.

hiking
1 month ago

Busy trail but would recommend going on the rocks on the east side of the falls to get a better view, lots of people but it is beautiful!

walking
1 month ago

Very pretty and very easy. Will be crowded at any given point so don't worry about coming early or late.

hiking
1 month ago

Great little tourist heavy view of the falls. Recco checking it out in the evening. especially if you plan to do upper falls. to appreciate the small things ;)

walking
1 month ago

Awesome!! A very easy trail with a heck of a waterfall. It was so impressive to see how high up the upper falls is as well. It is another reminder of how small we really are in nature! Definitely a sight to see!

hiking
1 month ago

easy trail everyone should go on atleast once

hiking
1 month ago

for a short easy walk and be rewarded with a Picturesque waterfalls is a must while visiting Yosemite.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy for anybody. We loved seeing how close we could safely get to the falls by climbing on the rocks at the end of the trail. This was my kids favorite hike.

Quick hike with pretty view of the falls

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and beautiful walk through the redwoods and pines to a great view of falls. Great for all ages and abilities.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is very easy and super beautiful!! It’s just a nice walk for about a mile and then you get to the waterfall and it’s absolutely gorgeous. I would highly recommend this trail if you’re new to hiking or have a large family, it’s a great warm up for some of the other trails in Yosemite.

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best water fall for such a short and easy walk Don’t miss Did with my 4 year old

hiking
1 month ago

Very nice view for such an easy stroll. You can see both lower and upper falls as you’re walking up the trail - waterfalls are still going strong at the moment. Definitely nicer views around Yosemite if you’re willing to hike further - but great if you need wheelchair/pram access or just looking for something short and easy

walking
1 month ago

Nice stroll!

hiking
1 month ago

A must do, kid friendly. This was our first trail of the trip.

Quick loop

hiking
2 months ago

Really fun short trail! It might be help to have a light rain jacket if you really want to hang out at the base of the falls! Both our kids really liked this trail! 8 and 11 years old No reason not to do this while visiting the valley! May get crowded since it is so easy to get to!

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