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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.

hiking
1 day ago

Incredible views and strenuous! Definitely worth it!

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8 days ago

9 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes! Starting at Columbus point and going up from there, the views are breathtaking! (Before Columbus point it’s mostly just hill, so just keep going!). I wasn’t planning on going all the way to the top at first, but once I saw how incredible it was I could t resist. It wasn’t an easy hike, but absolutely worth every second of it!

hiking
9 days ago

hiking
11 days ago

I was leary doing this hike because I was not in great shape but started at camp 4 and started early and just took my time and the ascent was rather continuous but gradual for the most part and u get to a lookout point to take in the views and rest for a few before u start to climb again it gets flat for a while and U actually descend a little before u hit the exposed switchbacks and start that gauntlet of switchbacks which was a workout but very beautiful the higher u go. Once u get to the top u can veer right for the last 1/4 mile to the falls go straight to Yosemite point or left to head to the top of el cap the views are absolutely amazing and is by far one of my favorite hikes carry plenty of water u had retards going up in high 80’s with just a little water bottle 3-4 liters is def recommended.. not sure who said 5 Miles ?? But it’s like 3.6 up and 3.6 Miles back down total of over 7 Miles

hiking
11 days ago

really tough hike with lots of switchbacks. it took us almost 4 hrs to hike up and equally as long to hike back down. it's not 5.6 miles! It's 7 miles round trip per signs...when you get to the top, you can easily see that every step was worth it! amazing hike all around! Super steep! I died. legs were dead, and knees wouldn't even bend. couldn't walk for a couple of days. but I loved every aching minute of it.

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22 days ago

Did this hike a few weeks ago while camping in Yosemite. This is the second time I’ve ventured to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls. This hike is STEEP!! Non-stop switchbacks. I agree with another reviewer, this is a 7mike RT hike. It did take us 6 hours and this included a 30 minute lunch break at the top and a quick dip of the feet into the pool at the top. Be prepared to sweat and bring at least 2L of water. I hiked this in October and the temp was mid 70’s. You might need even more water if doing this in warmer temps. The view from the top is amazing and worth it.

On a side note, I truly feel this hike is more difficult than Half Dome.

22 days ago

Intense climbing that's well worth it. Fabulous views the whole way. I don't know where the 5.8 miles figure is coming from, though. Both the signs and the trail map I have agree that it's 3.5 miles from the trail head to the top, making this a 7 mile hike.

25 days ago

It's worth the pain once you get to the top. I would do it all over again.

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