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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.

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5 days ago

Difficult but great views. Best time to hike this trail is April or May when the fall is full. Bring bug spray this time of year.

5 days ago

This was pretty tough but definitely worth the climb!

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7 days ago

Amazing hike with stunning views!!

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8 days ago

Started at nine am on a Friday, very few people on the trail. At a good pace without much stopping, you can reach the top in two and a half hours. The first set of switchbacks is a fairly intense beginning, there's a little bit of respite once you make the lookout until you get closer to the waterfall, and then it's a fairly unrelenting slog to the top.

Two pools that you can swim in at the top do bring a bathing suit of you can handle the cold water! Spend an hour or two at the top.

Way down takes about an hour and three quarters with minimal stops. If you came in the morning the photos of Yosemite valley and half Dome are better on the way down as the sun should now be behind.

9 days ago

This trail is a giant staircase with great views, sporadic cooling mists and rushing water falls depending on precipitation amounts. It was a workout, especially for my daughters but they did great!

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12 days ago

Best hike

12 days ago

Amazing hike! Great views throughout!

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14 days ago

As good as seen in pictures

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14 days ago