Hike to Waterwheel Falls

Glen Aulin Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Alex Souza

Scenic hike that follows along the Tuolumne River. Plenty of spectacular swimming holes along the way. Multitude of waterfalls. Distance: 18 miles round trip from Tuolumne Meadows.

Waterwheel Falls may be the most unique waterfall in Yosemite. During high waterflow an extraordinary phenomenon appears as the raging water hits a series of ledges creating a plume, this coupled with strong gust blowing upward create cyclical "waterwheel" effect hence the name.

On a good day these waterwheels can reach heights of 30ft. Bring the camera, tripod, and neutral density filter for some beautiful long exposure shots of the falls.

If the long 18 mile round trip sounds a bit daunting... Make it an overnight trip and stay at the backpackers campground at the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp just 3.3 Miles before you get to the Falls.

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Chillin
Photography
Backpacking
Hiking
Easy Parking
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife
Swimming Hole

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Tioga Rd, YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, CA 95389, USA

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