Hike to Lower Yosemite Falls

1 Miles Round Trip - Loop Trail

Lower Yosemite Falls - Search Nearby - Added by Tiffany Nguyen

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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1 Miles
Loop Trail

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Lower Yosemite Falls is a spectacular waterfall that really puts things in perspective. Unfortunately, when I visited it was during a dry season so the falls were not flowing to their full potential, but still amazing none the less. Definitely try to avoid the crowds, as they tend to flock to this area in mid day.

It can get a little crowded during the weekend especially late spring / summer. if you are going to check it out during that time, it's best to go early or toward the end of the day s the crowd thins out.