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

5.8 miles 3323 feet Out & Back

birding

hiking

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

Bring water...

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7 days ago

As many have said before: not for the faint of heart! That said, my girlfriend and I (both "average" hikers), did this hike in less than 4 hours. We both found the 6 - 8 hour estimate to be overkill. The way up is heart pumping, with lots of lookouts offering breathtaking views of the Yosemite Valley, and of Half Dome!! Highly recommend.

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7 days ago

the views were amazing. and hiking in the snow for the last bit was an adventure.

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8 days ago

Hard! Not for the faint of heart. Lots of spots with beautiful running water after the snow/rain. Great views of the valley and Yosemite Falls all the way up!

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8 days ago

One of the hardest hikes in Yosemite Valley, if you feel like quitting don't you can do more than you think. If you can push through the pain then you'll be rewarded with some of the best views in Yosemite, while being able to say you didn't take a car there.

11 days ago

Well worth the hike. Amazing sights.

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13 days ago

Great Hike with Views of Half Dome, El Captain, Yosemite Falls, and the Valley. Plenty of twists and turns in the early stages of the hike.

14 days ago

Got hit with a snow storm on this trail in march. Made it to Columbia rock. Deep snow and ice made it strenuous

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28 days ago

This hike was a killer! Beautiful and breath taking views. Lots of rock stairs and zigzags. The view was worth it! I hiked this trail 3rd week of December.

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