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Lower Yosemite Falls

Mariposa County, California

4.8/5
based on 17 reviews

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Distance

1.16 miles

Route Type

Loop

Description

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 at any time of the 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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Reviews

Paved, which means accessible for many types of visitors, plus dogs are allowed! Early to late spring is the best season, with crowds peaking in June-August. Falls are typically dry by late summer.

This is an easy walk with a paved path that offers absolutely stunning views of the lower falls. While the summer months can be packed with tourists, look at the fall for less people. The closer to winter the less the falls, so do your homework.

The hike (or walk) to lower falls is easy, just be careful with climbing over rocks as it can be slippery. Because of the accessible location, expect a lot of people here especially on peak days (holidays, weekends). I suggest going early in the day as your first itinerary, then hike to the upper falls afterwards.

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