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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls – Fifth Tallest Waterfall in the World

Yosemite Falls – 5th Tallest Waterfall in the World

With a total drop of 2,425 feet from the top of upper fall to the lower base, Yosemite Falls is the tallest waterfall in Yosemite National Park and North America. Yosemite Falls comes to life during the spring when the snow melts, bringing water flow to a peak. The triple fall consists of three parts: upper Yosemite fall, middle cascades, and lower Yosemite fall.

Yosemite Falls – A Top Attraction in Yosemite National Park


Upper Yosemite Fall’s 1,430-foot drop is absolutely breathtaking. Hikers can discover trails leading to the top and base via the valley floor or other park areas.


Apart from the two most obvious plunges within Yosemite Falls are four smaller waterfalls known as the Middle Cascades. These waterfalls have a combined drop of 675 feet. Due to lack of public access, the waterfalls within the Middle Cascades are often overlooked. If you do decide to blaze your own trail in the Middle Cascades, be very careful! More than a few hikers have been rescued from these steep and slippery falls.


The Lower Yosemite stretch of waterfall drops 320-feet and allows onlookers in the adjacent viewing area a perfect vantage point for spectacular views.

How to Get There

Lower Yosemite Fall is easily accessible near the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley. The top of Upper Yosemite Fall may be reached via a steep, strenuous, and usually crowded 3.5 miles (5.6 km) hike beginning near Camp 4 in Yosemite valley. Upper Yosemite Fall may also be reached via the Yosemite Creek Trail from the Tioga Road to the north.

Plan Your Visit

The best time of year to visit Yosemite Falls is November through July, with peak flow in May. You can expect an ice cone at the base of Yosemite Falls during the winter. For the full roaring waterfall experience, plan your visit during April through June.

Yosemite Falls Virtual Tour

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What to Do – Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls Webcam

View a Virtual Tour of Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls is about an hour and a half from Bass Lake at Yosemite RV Park, but it’s well worth the drive! Click below to view cabin options.


Bass Lake at Yosemite features RV campsites, cabins, and tent camping with amenities in Bass Lake, California. Located 18 miles from Yosemite’s South Entrance, BLAY is the perfect place to hang your hat during your next hiking trip.