Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Old Big Oak Flat to Yosemite Falls is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Mariposa, 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
16.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4314 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

backpacking

camping

fishing

hiking

trail running

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

over grown

rocky

scramble

historic site

no dogs

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
11 days ago

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
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

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

backpacking
8 months ago