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Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls

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Yosemite National Park

Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls is a 17.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Yosemite Valley, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 17.2 miles Elevation Gain: 4,402 feet Route Type: Point to Point

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

historic site

no dogs

Yosemite National Park is open to those with reservations begining on Thursday, June 11. See the park website for more info: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/covid19.htm Start at Old Big Oak Flat trailhead and hike gradually uphill to Cascade Creek. Multiple water sources on the first stretch. After passing footbridge, it is moderately steep uphill climb to the summit of El Capitan. Going downhill after El Capitan, there is an optional summit of Eagle Peak before meeting the trail junction of Upper Yosemite Falls. Last stretch is steep and rocky downhill decent on upper Yosemite Falls trail ending at the trailhead / Camp 4. Can be done as extended dayhike or 1-2 night backpacking trip. 3 campsites are located 4 miles in on footbridge of cascade creek. Another campsite is just prior to reaching ribbon meadow. Last campsites are 0.3 miles north of Yosemite falls trail junction and 0.2 miles south of trail junction on Yosemite creek.

hiking
bugs
muddy
over grown
20 days ago

Just did this trip yesterday, 6-13-2020. Out and back. Took our time and did it in 11 1/2 hours. Be alert both ways and you will have no problems. Creek crossings so be prepared, lots of logs made for difficult travel but no rock slides as previously reported. Bring bug spray. Loved the hike, saw three groups total. Covid restrictions in park so crowds are nill.

hiking
snow
6 months ago

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

Did an out and back to el cap. Unreal camping up top. Maybe saw 10 groups in the 20 miles. Great views from el cap of half dome. It was pretty dry since it was late season so not many bugs. Could definitely see it being buggy in spring.

hiking
Wed Nov 07 2018

Hiked up with the start of a previous recording. Not the trailhead!!! See pics make sure you park at the lot across the road with the dumpsters. While approaching the TH you will see a sign for El Captain that’s the trailhead. Def allot of bushwhacking and bugs make sure you have a face mask. Spray didn’t do us justice. Not maintained well but awesome valley view from a different vantage point. Did it on a Saturday when we wanted to be away from the crowds. If you make it to El Cap it would be topside view down about 10 miles one way. Hope this helps out.

hiking
Tue Jun 12 2018

Hiked this at the end of May in 2017. Great hike, but I would recommend waiting until mid summer as snow dominates and covers parts of this trail in higher elevations. If it weren't for tracks already in snow on parts of the trail, we would have been lost. Snow in late May was still 6'+ in certain sections. Lots of stream and meadow crossings due to melting snow. Bring a pair of sandals to switch into in order to keep your boots dry. We did this trail in two nights and three days. If I were to do it again, I would definitely add another night and enjoy the scenery more.

hiking
Sun Dec 31 2017

hiking
Sat Dec 02 2017

What can anyone say? It’s an El Cap hike and camping on top of El Cap... Doesn’t get much better. It was a very cool start with an easy stroll through a recent burn. Sad, yet, just a different beauty and intrigue. Then the climb starts and does not let up until an old road. Flat/downhill for a mile then it hits you...up you will go. Take breaks and enjoy the time. Not much in the way of distant views, but a nice hike trough various terrain. Water sources galore. Last one before El Cap is a beautiful stream about one mile from top. Get plenty of it here if staying the night. I turned around at this point, didn’t want to risk not getting a ride back to Oak Flat. I was solo and stayed that way all night. Had the top of El Cap to myself. Amazing!! Go for it

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
6 months ago

backpacking
Mon Jun 24 2019

backpacking
Mon Oct 02 2017