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Bridalveil Falls

Yosemite National Park

June 23rd, 2007

0.5 miles
80 vertical feet
Total Time: 0:35

Rating: 6/10

Directions: From Highway 140, enter Yosemite National Park. Continue driving in the park, then turn right onto Highway 41 (Wawona Road). Immediately turn left into the large parking lot for Bridalveil Falls.   View Driving Map


The parking lot was full when we arrived at 11am on a Saturday. However, turnover is high so we found parking spots quickly. This is a very popular hike, so be prepared for lots of crowds.

You can see the falls from the parking lot, flowing over the granite wall. Since this was a dry year, the flow wasn't nearly as much as in the past, even though it was still June.

Base of Bridalveil Falls

Creek

The paved trail starts out relatively flat, then climbs gently up alongside the creek. Near the base of the climb we saw two volunteers counting hikers. We asked how many they'd counted. I don't remember the exact number, but it was in the hundreds. And that was just for the past couple hours!

Heading toward the creek

The trail stops where the scree begins. Some people are spread out amongst the large rocks to get a closer look at the falls, although signs warn of the dangers. As we found out, late morning is not a very good time to visit the falls, as the sun stares right at you from the top of the falls. Better would be early in the morning, or later in the afternoon.

Paved trail

We turned around and walked down a bit, letting the kids play in the quiet shallow creek, away from the crowds. The creek is probably the best part of the hike. Perhaps in other years the falls are big enough to be impressive, but certainly not this drought year.

Creek


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