Wapama Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Yosemite National Park

Wapama Falls Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Long Barn, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

Distance: 4.6 miles Elevation Gain: 954 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

rocky

snow

closed

historic site

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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rocky
24 days ago

Probably one of the most beautiful hikes I've been to. Went in early May two years and had a little overcast with spots of sun so it made our hike with no shade enjoyable without the heat. Went early morning to beat the crowds (began hike at 7am) and got to enjoy the trail and waterfalls all to ourselves. Absolutely beautiful to hike along side the dam, got to climb up some rocks, walked through rushing waterfalls and streams, and was guided by lavenders growing along side parts of the trail...overall my favorite and most memorable hike, I'm due to go back!

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rocky
3 months ago

My first time here and it’s a pleasant surprise. The trail varies and there are spot with shade and stretches with no shade. The Wapama Falls is a treat. The view of the reservoir is great. The tunnel is creepy but pretty cool to start and end a hike. Kid friendly trail as it moderate. It’s a 1000 ft elevation gain up to Wapama Falls.

hiked on 2/15. forecast was for 63f but felt much warmer in the sun. Beautiful day in February! No snow on the trail. There's water in the tunnel but room to walk around it. Falls are gorgeous! Easy well established trail with no steep sections. Highly recommend.

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rocky
3 months ago

Great trail. Completed this with my 1 year old on my back. Hot in the sun. Rocky at times but not hard.

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5 months ago

This trail is an amazing one, it is in the sun a lot of the time so in summer it can be very hot. There are two or three stops for water if it is the right season. Overall beautiful but can become a little congested, off season is best time to go.

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rocky
5 months ago

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7 months ago

trail is well maintained with fresh signs of maintenance.

recorded Wapama Falls Trail

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rocky
scramble
washed out
8 months ago

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8 months ago

Awesome hike! My wife and I made this happen in April. Waterfalls were overflowing due to heavy snowfall this last winter. Easy 1.5-2 hour hike to the falls. Definitely do this!!!

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rocky
8 months ago

This hike offers a great view of the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir the whole way up to Wopama Falls... this time of year the flow is minimal but still manages to cascade down the 1000ft to the bridges...hiked past to Hetch Hetchy Dome base and continued on to within about a mile of Rancheria Creek...good balance of elevation and downhill hiking...got in around 1130 and got back to the car at 430...felt just like being in the Alpine Valleys with the sheer rock walls reaching right down into the water and while the damn was a cool bit of engineering to walk over...I can only imagine what Muir must have seen before the valley was flooded.

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no shade
rocky
8 months ago

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rocky
scramble
8 months ago

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no shade
rocky
8 months ago

This trail was great for views of Hetch Hetchy and Wapama Falls! So worth the drive! There was a bear siting while I was there, so I’d keep an eye out. Also, know that there is little to no shade on this trail, so being extra water and go earlier in the day to avoid that afternoon sun.

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no shade
rocky
9 months ago

Beautiful views and well marked trail. Limited shade and rocky parts, but overall great trip!

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bugs
no shade
rocky
9 months ago

This trail was beautiful however, we did see a black bear and a snake. But the views were definitely worth it

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no shade
9 months ago

A beautiful hike along the reservoir to the falls. Wear a hat and bring water!

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9 months ago

Such a nice change from Yosemite Valley. Much less crowded, and the hike was beautiful. Definitely worth the drive to check it out!

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no shade
10 months ago

Great hike, go early because there is very little shade! The waterfall was still very misty a couple days ago and felt great after the hike. Going back there is a lot of up hill. Way less traffic than Yosemite, parking and accessing the trail was very easy as well.

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10 months ago

The hike is fairly simple and definitely worth the effort. We also saw far less traffic than when we did Mist Trail/Vernal/Nevada Falls. Worth checking out!

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10 months ago

Great hike, hot, no shade but beautiful and the falls were amazing and exciting if you crossed the bridge. Expect to get soaked to the bone this year! Very cold I loved the experience!

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no shade
10 months ago

Really nice trail with beautiful falls. It is an hour and half drive past Yosemite Valley, so plan that ahead. During the summer, it’s really (really) hot so try to come earlier in the day and bring lots of water. Is doable for all types of hikers, but yes, it was extremely hot. Other than the heat, I enjoyed this hike very much.

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11 months ago

6/14/19 Trail was populated and not difficult at all. Gorgeous views

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