Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

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Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Yosemite Village, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3159 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Enjoy the thrilling views of looking down from the top of Yosemite Fall. Yosemite Fall, dropping 2,425 feet to the bottom of the valley from the top, is one of the most visited places in Yosemite National Park. The fall consists of three sections: upper falls, middle cascade and lower falls. While most people visit lower falls only, upper falls is definitely worthy of visiting for its eye-opening views and hiker's self-satisfaction of reaching it. The trail to Upper Yosemite Fall is about 3 miles one way, gaining approximately 3,000 feet in elevation along the way. Once you get to the top of the valley, you can go to Yosemite Fall Overlook, a small platform near the mouth of Upper Yosemite Fall, to enjoy the thrilling views of looking down from above. The trailhead is located in the Sunnyside campground (Camp 4) near Yosemite Lodge. It generally takes 6 - 8 hours for average hikers to complete the roundtrip hike. The trail is generally open for the whole year, but can be difficult to hike in winter due to snow, especially beyond Columbia Rock.

hiking
5 days ago

This trail is definitely an exciting and difficult hike. I actually do not think it is the best hike of the park but definitely is one of the most challenging. The waterfall is amazing and looking up at it is intimidating. However if you persevere and make it to the top you do get rewarded with a pretty decent view of the valley. I actually like the view from the base of the upper falls better as you can appreciate the waterfall way better. If you are looking for the best views of the park try 4 mile trail or the panoramic trail. I think both of those provide a better awe encompassing view, but for the challenge and to say you made it to the highest waterfall in North America what are you waiting for!

Beautiful! I clocked in at 4 miles exactly at the top so a little more than it says keep going an extra mile to get to Yosemite Point it is SO worth it! The views are incredible and totally worth all the rocky switchbacks

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing experience..!!

11 days ago

Underestimate how intense it is.

13 days ago

Fun

hiking
21 days ago

The switch backs are worth it.

hiking
26 days ago

Counted the switchbacks on the way down (because why not) and there are about 134 in total. Fantastic views on this trail!! Worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

Energizing switchbacks with beautiful valley views!

hiking
1 month ago

A punishing hike with incredible views to impress -- making your way up to the top is truly worth your while. Intimidating for beginners but doable if pushed through. Make sure to start early if you're heading back down the same day!

1 month ago

Great hike! Definitely start early so that you can make it the extra mile or so to Yosemite Point!

1 month ago

Great views

backpacking
1 month ago

Cannot say enough about this hike. Steep grade earns a difficult rating but with perseverance this hike is mostly steps. The switchbacks are short but the steps not early as jagged as the Mist Trail to Vernal/Nevada Falls. Take a lot of rests from the many vistas; especially Columbia Rock and just below the falls. Mostly shaded 1/3 of the way up, exposure near the middle of the trail to the top. Use caution at the over look and you have yourself one spectacular day hike. Obtain permits and grab your pack for a weekend of adventure!

1 month ago

An epic trail! Trail was clear of snow and ice, which is rare for late December. Temperatures were warm and I quickly shed my jacket... Wish I had worn shorts! Took us 3 hours to get to the top and 1 hour back down. Bring lots of water, especially if you're getting a later start.

1 month ago

The top is worth the hard work!

hiking
1 month ago

Very steep, but beautiful views of the valley. Bring plenty of water!

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult but very rewarding hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Lots of rocks on trail going up is lengthy but the thing that kills your legs is going down especially on the rocky trails

hiking
2 months ago

Very steep, but totally worth it. Extending the trail to the Yosemite Point is a must, gorgeous views.
Trail conditions are perfect even in early December. Just a bit of ice after the bridge that crosses the Yosemite Falls when heading to Yosemite Point.

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful view from the top. 10/10 would do again.

hiking
2 months ago

incredible hike, very hard. Very rewarding. bring water. even in December I drank almost 3 liters.

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