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 Mariposa, California that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3323 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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. In essence, the hike can be divided into sections as the following: from the trailhead to Columbia Rock, from Columbia to the lower gate, from the lower gate to the upper gate and from the upper gate to the overlook. 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.

3 hours ago

Absolutely beautiful scenic view on a clear day. This is a must if you are abled. Only drawback is lots of hikers. However, everyone is there for the same reason and having a peaceful adventure so can't complain.

1 day ago

It was amazing experience!!!

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3 days ago

Great hike! So beautiful!!!

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4 days ago

Amazing views! Very steep but view from peak is incredible. Completed out and back in 4 hours. Make sure to bring hiking poles, you will thank me later.

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4 days ago

Took about 3-3 1/2 hours to reach the top of the falls. Definitely one of the hardest hikes I've done. The switchbacks were pretty demanding.
But the views at the top are absolutely incredible. Don't miss this hike if you're in Yosemite National Park. I would not recommend this for families with small children.

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One of the most demanding hikes I've done but the views at the top were totally worth it.

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