Yosemite National Park is my favorite California Park. I go there every time I get a chance. Most of the times I visit Yosemite National Park in the early summer or spring. This is usually the best time to see the waterfalls at full capacity. But how about the winter? I got a chance to visit Yosemite National Park in mid-November and while there was not much water in the waterfalls, I enjoyed the different colors of the trees due to changing seasons. One of my favorite trails in Yosemite National Park is the Yosemite Falls trail. Read on to find out about my experience hiking this trail and to see some great pictures.
Directions to the Yosemite Falls trails head
The trail starts at Camp 4 or Shuttle Stop #7. You can just look for signs to Lower Yosemite Fall which is just a few hundred feed from the main road. Once you see the sign you can park in the parking lot on your left, close to Yosemite Lodge. Then just walk across the street and follow the signs to the Yosemite Falls trail head.
Yosemite Falls has two parts: Upper Yosemite Fall and Lower Yosemite Fall. Both parts can be easily admired from the main road. But in order to get to the top of Yosemite Falls you need to follow this strenuous trail.
Yosemite Falls trail has been built between 1873 and 1877 and the park’s staff keep working on it to maintain it. This trail leads you to the top of Yosemite Fall which is North America’s tallest waterfall. It is 2425 feet (739 meters) above the Yosemite Valley floor…so it’s a very steep climb to the top. However, when you get to Columbia Rock on top of the fall, the views are simply breathtaking. It is very hard to capture in words and pictures what you see from the top. You just have to hike it yourself.
Yosemite Falls trail is one hard hike
Even though this is one of my favorite trails in Yosemite, the Yosemite Falls hike is no joke. It is about 7 miles (11km) long and it can take from 6 to 8 hours round trip. If it’s sunny outside, have some sunscreen with you and use it. The sun burns in Yosemite year round. Also, don’t forget to take plenty of water and some comfortable hiking shoes. The trail is very well maintained but I’ll say it again: this is one hard hike and you need to be prepared.