Nevada Falls

HARD 3 reviews
#115 of 165 trails in

Nevada Falls is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2434 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

15 days ago

Potentially hard on the knees for the over 50. But this is classic Yosemite and worth the effort. Water station at footbridge.

hiking
27 days ago

Of all the listed trails leaving from Happy Isles, I am once again surprised to see this popular day hike is not among them. I have done this a few times and it's well worth the effort. I rate it as difficult as there is a fairly steep climb after the footbridge over the Merced River. This route follows the JMT the whole way, and doesn't involve the Mist trail. And it is a very well used section of trail. Lots of people going up to the falls as a destination. Once at the area by the brink of Nevada Falls, there are lots of places to sit in the shade and have your lunch and take in the view. One also needs to heed the signs by the waters edge, and not venture anywhere beyond them. I have seen more than a few fool hardy people going past them to sit as close as they can to the river going over the edge. Not a recommended idea. The granite up there, as anywhere in the Sierra that I have found, is slippery even when it's dry. This is one of the most incredible spots I have ever been to, and no place to be reckless. Over the bridge at the brink, you can walk to the left on the other side and down to a viewing platform that is like no other you have ever been to. Looking almost 600' straight down as the Merced river goes over that cliff. It's unreal. Even with the guard rail that's there, it is unnerving to lean out and look. If you're in the valley and looking for a thrilling day hike, this is it.

hiking
3 months ago