If you come into Yosemite NP from one of its two south entrances, Bridalveil Falls is the first waterfall that you will see. Bridalveil stands 620 feet tall and it is among lush green trees. The beautiful trees frame your view of the valley. 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 waterfall gets it name because of how the wind blows the water to the side. As the wind blows the falling water it looks like a long veil that a bride would wear as she gets married.
Climbing on the rocks at the base of Bridalveil Falls
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 a trickle at best.
This is one of the few waterfalls in the park that you cannot walk to the top of. There is no hiking trail that will lead you to the top of Bridalveil Falls.
Here is an interesting fact: When you are here you will not hear the noise of an airplane. Aircraft is 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 is very loud for those visiting the valley.
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