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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 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.

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

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

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
22 days ago

No water

Very easy paved and pretty flat trail. We did this after doing the trail to Columbia Rock in the morning. Took a bit longer to do this trail since we stopped a couple of times to boulder.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked it yesterday November 10th. Easy and beautiful fall colors. Unfortunately the fall was dry but still enjoyable and even came across wild life.

hiking
1 month ago

Easy walk to the lower fall good for any skill level. Numerous opportunities to view wildlife in a natural setting. Close to facilities. Fall were dry for our walk.

hiking
1 month ago

Hardly a hike. More like a pleasant walk. If you go during summer it’s extremely overcrowded. Extremely.

hiking
1 month ago

Great accessible hike with a beautiful view of the falls. Even better if you decide to climb the rocks to get closer to the falls.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy paved walk but great view of the falls whether water is flowing or not

hiking
2 months ago

Paved way very easy. Accessible to all and dogs. Very nice view of the falls although at the moment there is no water, it is still very impressive

hiking
2 months ago

no water right now but you can tell it's a gorgeous place when there is.

walking
2 months ago

Absolutely delightful. Very easy: wide smooth level paved trail, unobstructed Falls view, well marked trail and spurs, close to Lodge and bus stop.

hiking
2 months ago

Like others have mentioned, you can tell that it is gorgeous when water's flowing. Everything was dry when we hiked it, but must be pretty amazing in spring and summer.

hiking
2 months ago

Most beautiful and easy trail, but better to do it in early Summer to enjoy the real beauty of this hikehils

hiking
2 months ago

It was a quick hike we saw a bobcat and it wasn’t too crowded but the waterfall is all dried up.

2 months ago

Beautiful meadow and still standing bridge over running emerald waters. Paved and dog-friendly.

hiking
3 months ago

Very easy trail to see Yosemite falls. Only takes about 10 minutes. I will definitely come here again and my swimming suit.

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice for a short walk. Nice view on the waterfalls.

hiking
3 months ago

Fun trail. Fall is drying up.

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

It is packed with people, its a short hike where in the emd you have to scramble boulders but its worth it to go im the pool below the waterfall

hiking
3 months ago

A super short loop right near the visitors centre! Cross the footbridge coming from the visitor centre side when you reach the falls and you can scramble right up to the base of the falls.

hiking
rocky
3 months ago

Slippery rocks on the way up to get a closer look at the falls...definitely worth getting off the trail for though.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing views when the crowd is smaller

hiking
3 months 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).

4 months 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
4 months ago

Nice little walk.

hiking
4 months ago

running
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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

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