Bridalveil Fall Yosemite

Bridalveil Fall Yosemite is the first waterfall that you will see if you enter Yosemite National Park from one of its two south entrances (Highway 41 or Highway 120).

Bridalveil falls stands 620 feet tall and it is among lush green trees. The beautiful trees frame your view of the valley when you are at the tunnel. This waterfall is postcard perfect as you take in the famous view from Wawona Tunnel.

Travelers entering the park from the west and northwest will see Bridalveil fall as they leave the park.

Bridalveil falls gets it name because of how the wind blows the water to the side. As the wind blows, the falling water looks like a long veil that a bride would wear as she gets married.

Climbing on the rocks at the base of Bridalveil Fall Yosemite

You can walk a few hundred yards from the parking lot, through a beautiful grove of big leaf maple trees and view the base of this waterfall. It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the base of this waterfall on the trail.

Late summer and autumn can often dry up this waterfall or leave it as a trickle at best.

This is one of the few Yosemite waterfalls that you cannot walk to the top of. There is no hiking trail that will lead you to the top of Bridalveil Falls.

There is Bridalveil campgrounds at the top of the waterfall. You can access this campground from

Glacier Point Road. But even at the Bridalveil campground, you cannot access where the water goes over the edge of the granite cliff. There is no upper lookout at this waterfall like there is at the other Yosemite waterfalls.

When the water level is high, you will get soaked when standing at the base of Bridalveil Falls. If the water level is low, you can scramble on the rocks...but still be very careful :)

This is such a tall waterfall, that my family and I think it's fun to stand at the base and look up to the top of the waterfall.

My family at the base of Bridalveil Falls In Yosemite


Rainbows are very often seen at the base of Bridalveil Falls. I find the best time of day to see a rainbow is usually in the afternoon.

Here is an interesting fact: When you are here you will not hear the noise of an airplane. Aircraft are not permitted to fly lower than 2,000 feet when flying over this National Park. The reason is because the noise of an airplane bounces off of the granite walls and it is very loud for those visiting the valley.




Picture Courtesy of BackpackingFun.com


Discover McWay Falls, located on the coast of central California just a few hours from Yosemite National Park. In fact, just let my friend Ken, who is a California native, take you on a journey to uncover the best kept travel secrets of Central California.


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