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  • Writer's pictureJyothi Vummiti

Lower Yosemite Falls - Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Falls, dropping 2425 ft, is the tallest waterfall in North America and the fifth tallest waterfall in the world. The water falls in three sections, Upper falls, Middle cascades and Lower falls. Lower Yosemite Falls, the shortest section at 320 foot tall, is one of the most visited attractions in Yosemite National Park.

Lower Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park

Parking: There is plenty of parking close to the trailhead but you will often find them full. Park anywhere you find a spot, sometimes even on southside drive and just walk across. If not, you might end up spending a long time circling the valley looking for spaces. You can cross to the northside drive by foot through meadows and bridges.  

Trail: A 1.0 mile easy loop trail on the north-side drive of Yosemite Valley takes you to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls. You will be strolling through the woods, crossing creeks over bridges, while listening to people for the most part. Do not expect to enjoy nature by yourself.

Lower falls trail / Bridges over Yosemite creek

Views: ​See the full waterfall, upper and lower, from certain points on the trail. You can get a closer look of Lower falls from the viewpoint and footbridge at the base of the falls. Keep an eye out for colorful birds and other wildlife around the falls.

Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls

Thunderous in spring and early summer, calm to almost dry in late summer and fall. No matter how the flow is, thousands of people from all over the world go to visit during warm months.

Lower Yosemite Falls view from footbridge

Don't let the crowds discourage you from visiting this iconic falls. Just go early in the day to enjoy more solitude than you would otherwise. Or go in winter or spring to witness a more spectacular falls in its full glory.

Gear used: Fuji X-T20 with 18-55mm lens.

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