Look At The Yosemite Waterfalls!

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I am excited to tell you about the main Yosemite waterfalls. There are four main falls in Yosemite Valley. There is water flowing over many granite cliffs in Yosemite National Park. Some are flowing year around and some are seasonal. But the high concentration of falls in one park is what sets Yosemite apart.

The deeper the snow pack the more waterfalls there are! I think that Yosemite is the best of all the National Parks in California and it has some of the most spectacular waterfalls of the world.

Just click on my links below to learn more about each Yosemite waterfall.

One more thing, there are a few pointers that I want to share with you before you come and take pictures of the Yosemite waterfalls. Water moves and therefore will blur your pictures. Get to know your camera and its settings. Take home your own memories of your Yosemite National Park vacation.

My Tips For Taking Great Waterfall Pictures

Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is very well known. This California National Park has several waterfalls but this is the most famous of them all. This magnificent waterfall consists of three parts. The Upper Falls, The Lower Falls and a cascade of water in between. The upper part is 1430 feet tall. The lower part is 320 feet tall. The cascade in the middle is 675 feet. All combined the water falls 2425 feet, almost a half of a mile. This is the tallest waterfall in North America.

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Bridalveil Falls

When you come into Yosemite National Park from one of the two south entrances, Bridalveil Falls will be the first waterfall that you will see. Standing 620 feet tall among lush green trees, it frames your view of Yosemite Valley. I promise you that your view will be postcard perfect as you view the Yosemite park from the Wawona Tunnel. Travelers who enter the Yosemite Nat

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Park from the west and northwest will see this fall as they leave. This waterfall gets it name because of how the water blows as it falls off the cliff. As the wind blows the falling water it looks like the vail of a bride.

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Nevada Falls

Yosemite Nevada Falls is 1.5 miles above Vernal Falls. This waterfall is 594 feet tall. The water thunders down the sheer granite wall that makes up this waterfall. In the spring all the waterfalls in Yosemite run full force and thunder over the cliffs to the rocks below. By late fall most of the falls are a trickle of water. But I notice that this waterfall goes strong all year long. This fall is fed by the snowfields up in these high Sierra Mountains.

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Vernal Falls

Yosemite Vernal Falls is one of the most beautiful waterfall in Yosemite California. You must hike to the bridge or drive to the top of Glacier Point to see this waterfall. It is not seen from the main valley floor. This waterfall is 317 feet tall. During the spring run off this fall is 80 feet wide! I believe this is the most hiked to waterfall in Yosemite :)

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From there you walk a well marked John Muir Trail to the top of the waterfall. The path is sandy and rocky but not difficult to walk. It winds through wooded land just north of the Merced River. On a good portion of the trail you can see fast-flowing, boulder filled white waters.

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Illilouette Fall

Illilouette Fall is sometimes called the "hidden falls". It is not seen from the Yosemite Valley floor. You can a little bit of it from Glacier Point and also while hiking on the Vernal Falls trail.

This waterfall is 370 feet tall. The best time to hike Illilouette Fall is in the spring and early summer months. The hike is 4.2 miles round trip.

Not all Yosemite waterfalls are seen by everyone who visits. I think that this is one of those picture perfect destination for those that like to hike.

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Alright, this is a thing of the past. But it is something that people still talk about and ask about today. I was lucky enough to see it several times as a young girl. I also think it fits perfectly into our theme of Yosemite waterfalls. It was not a fall of water, but a fall of fire. And it was beautiful!

The Yosemite Firefall began in 1872 when James McCauley pushed the embers of a campfire over the edge of Glacier Point.

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The man made fall of fire became a nightly attraction during the summer months. I remember watching these firefalls as a young girl.

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Horsetail Falls on El Capitan in Yosemite Natl Park is an ephemeral waterfall (meaning it is seasonal). It flows only during the peak of spring runoff. This is early February to early March. It is at its peak during the second and third week in the month of February each year.

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Chilnualna Waterfalls By Wawona Hotel

This waterfall is near the north entrance off of Highway 41 and behind the Wawona Hotel. I found this to be a strenuous hike that took the better part of a day. This hike will take you 4.1 miles straight up with an elevation gain of 2,400 feet. This fall is a series of cascades coming down instead of a sheer drop waterfall.

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Tuolumne Falls, Waterwheel Falls & Glen Aulin Falls

I find these three waterfalls are up in Tuolumne Meadows beautiful. Tuolumne Meadows is above the Yosemite National Parks Valley Floor. These are three beautiful Yosemite waterfalls that I think are worth hiking too. This area is the beautiful high country of the Sierra National Mountains. To hike to these three waterfalls it is a moderate hike that will take the better part of a day.

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Here is a map of where all the Yosemite waterfalls are located within the park:

How To Use The Map:

  • The colored pins will help you navigate the map. Click on a colored pin and the map will go to that particular waterfall.
  • Use the + and - to zoom in and out on the map.
  • Grab and drag the map to see more.
  • Change the style of the map to a satellite or terrain map by scrolling to the bottom of the white box and clicking on the arrow that is to the right of the words base map, this will give you several map style choices.

Rainbows, Moonbows And Yosemite Waterfalls

Rainbows and moonbows are daily occurrences here in Yosemite National Park. Waterfalls give off mist and when the sunlight enters those water droplets, the sun rays are bent and split open the colors that form a rainbow. Moonbows are white rainbows that form when the light from the moon enter the misty water from the waterfalls.

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