You can either begin the trail with views on the waterfall (western trailhead) or reward yourself by ending the trail with the waterfall (eastern trailhead). It's recommended to park over in nearby Yosemite Village and walk a quarter of a mile to the eastern trailhead. Once you set foot on the trail, the hike is very easy and leveled, with hardly any elevation gain. Beginning from the eastern side, the views are mainly of the Yosemite Creek and dense forest. However, once at the wooden bridge which crosses the creek, the view gets a little more exciting (and wet). Be prepared to get splashed with a refreshing, fine mist from the observation deck on the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail!
The Lower Yosemite Fall Trail not only provides a bulls-eye view on the 320-foot plunge, but also opens up the view to the Upper Falls, giving way to dramatic views from down below. The loop trail is paved, providing ease of access to all ages and furry companions. There are several exhibits at which you can take a break to learn more about the Yosemite Falls and the area, so make sure to take advantage of your time along the trail. Note that restrooms are only available on the western section of the trail on the falls side.
The Lower Yosemite Fall Trail is a favorite among Americans and internationals world-wide. A visit with your pup, family and friends is a must while in the area.