Hike to Lower Yosemite Falls



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The Lower Yosemite Falls Loop in Yosemite Valley is a leisurely walk to the bottom of the highest waterfall in North America. Enjoy views of both Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. It's open year-round so you can enjoy the falls any time time of year.

At 2,425 feet, Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. The falls consists of three sections: Upper Falls, Middle Cascades, and Lower Falls. At 320 feet, Lower Yosemite Falls is one of the most popular attractions at Yosemite National Park. This 1-mile loop is a leisurely walk with awesome views of both Upper and Lower Falls and viewing access to the bottom of Lower Falls. The paved loop trail begins at shuttle stop #6. For the best views of Yosemite Falls, consider walking the loop in a clockwise direction.

Lower Falls is open all year long, but peak water flow is during late spring and early summer after all the winter snow has melted. Visiting Yosemite in the wintertime is an entirely new and amazing experience compared to the summertime appearance that most are acquainted with. Another plus is that Yosemite Falls is much less populated in the winter as compared with the summer. Visit Yosemite Falls during the wintertime and you will find a huge mound of snow collected at the bottom of the falls.

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This is one of the most interesting attractions in Yosemite if you don't want (or can't) go to more strenuous hikes. Also a great option when with kids. I did it as a first round of acquaintance with the park and it just fueled my desire to explore much more the park!

Loved it

Such a beautiful waterfall!

Lower Falls

I would take the shuttle or walk to this area during peak season. Parking is cramped here. There are chances to see wildlife on this non aggressive, shorter hike. It is also wheelchair accessible so that everyone in the family can join!

Awesome Trail Run!

This was a beautiful and breath taking run (literally!)

Crowded, but another must do in the Valley

Because of it's short, paved path this walk to Lower Yosemite Falls can be very crowded. But if you go in the winter or in the rain, you might get lucky (like I did) and have the falls all to yourself.

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