Lower Yosemite Fall

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Trail Distance: 1 mile
Time Estimate: 30 min
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description
Does your pup love a hike with a wooftaking view? Have you seen one of North America's tallest waterfalls? Then get ready for a splashtastic day of hiking on the Lower Yosemite Fall Trail in California. Pawhaps one of the nation's most iconic places, the Yosemite Falls stands at a woofing 2425 feet tall within the Yosemite National Park. The Lower Fall Trail provides viewers the last 320-foot drop at its basin and a preview of the entire Upper and Lower section of the Falls. The best time of the year to go is in early spring when the waterfall roars from high above!


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. 

Trail Features
Forest, Rocky, Easy Incline, Loose Terrain
Wildflowers, Waterfall, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The rocks and wooden bridges are slippery, even if dry. Please remain on the trail and avoid adventuring off it. While open year-round, the waterfall can be dry from July-October. Icy conditions are possible during winter.
Address
1 Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
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Address
1 Lower Yosemite Fall Trail
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours