Yosemite Falls Trail leads up to North America´s highest waterfall. It is an easy and well marked hike but it surely takes some effort to walk the 800 metres up to the falls.
Starting/Finishing Point: Yosemite Visitors Centre
Distance: 12 kilometers (You walk back the same way)
Length of Time: 5-7 hours
Ascent/Descent: +/- 823 meters
Water along the way: No
Shoes to choose: Trail running shoes work just fine
The hike to Yosemite falls
Starting at the Visitor´s centre you have about half a kilometre to the start of the hike. On your way there you pass by the lower Yosemite falls.
The start of the hike is well signed. The trail is easy to walk all the way up, but it is a 800 metres to walk upwards so you will for sure be tired. Do take breaks, especially if it is warm, and drink a lot of water.
You have lovely views of the Yosemite valley and Half Dome along the way.
Finally you reach a footbridge and then you are by Yosemite falls. If your timing of the year is perfect you may actually swim above the waterfall. We were there in the middle of July and by then it worked out really well. If there is too much water it is dangerous though. In the end of the summer the falls dry out.
Walking another kilometre you arrive to a viewing point of the valley and Half Dome.
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