DISTANCE
15.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4,685 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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waterfall

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hiking
1 month ago

So... this is the Yosemite stair master as the Rangers call it. Beautiful and vicious. Recommend camping at the top of snow creek the first night. Many beautiful spots just be aware you will get a visit from a bear that night. We did it in 3 days and recommend for night 2 head to the top of Yosemite Falls. It will be a push but well worth the effort. Just above the bridge there are several really nice spots and if the water is flowing great swimming. Notes, start early the first half of Snow creek is in full sun and you will broil. July 4th we had water 1/2 way up to splash your face in and you could filter but not sure how long it lasts. Night 2 rangers will say camp in the valley below North dome. Don’t do it. Very small stream with lots of mosquitoes and no views. Push on to Yosemite Falls. It is 7.2 miles with a long up out of snow creek but worth it.