Yosemite Falls viewed from the
This trail is almost
continuous climb. It does however offer Grand views of most of
highlights: Half Dome,
Falls, North Dome, Sentinel
Dome, Lost Arrow, and Yosemite Valley.
View of Half Dome and North Dome (left of
View of top of Yosemite Falls
After climbing 2,700
feet in 3 miles, you reach an intersection where you can continue on to
Eagle Peak (2.8 miles), El Capitan (4.7 miles), Yosemite Creek
(6.0 miles), White Wolf (10.8 miles), Tioga Road (12.0 miles), Harden
(13.8 miles), and Ten Lakes (14.4 miles). Most choose to continue
on to the Yosemite Falls Observation Point (0.2 miles).
The "handrails" on the trip down to the
View from the top, Mt. Starr King on far right
The trip to the observation point requires you to walk down a rock staircase, then walk along a ledge using the famous "handrails". The trip is well worth it as the view looking down Yosemite Falls is awesome.
Use hiking poles - Because this trail is very rough (like rough rock stairs) use hiking poles to save the knees
Bring plenty of water - Reliable water (to be filtered) can only be found at the top of the falls
Hike early in the season - Unfortunately, Yosemite Falls dries up around the end of September. For
maximum scenery hike early in the season, such as May. If you want to stay dry, hike in September.
Don't let the low mileage of this trip fool you. It is a very difficult trail, offering little shade, you need
to be in top shape.
Schaffer, Jefferey P. 1996. High Sierra Hiking Guide Yosemite. Berkeley: Wilderness Press, p. 37-41 (day hike #10).
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