NileGuide Expert Says:
An enthralling stroll for any ability.
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
tel: +1 209 372 0200
NileGuide Expert tip:
Even in the busy summer, you'll have it to yourself if you go before 8 a.m.
The trail to Lower Yosemite Falls is one of the easiest walks in the park, with the biggest payoff: staring up at a 300' waterfall. During the spring's snowmelt you may find yourself getting drenched as you gaze at this famous waterfall and listen to the amazing roar of the pounding water. By contrast, if you come in August there may not be a single drop of water - that's a Mediterranean climate; the falls are entirely fed by snowmelt. Start from Shuttle Stop 6 or Yosemite Village or Yosemite Lodge. This walk is likely to be crowded in summer but if you go early or late in the day, it's just you and the water. There is wheelchair access by staying on the eastern trail, and the trail is open all year.
The trail makes a nice loop, with several bridges over Yosemite Creek. There are numerous interpretive signs along the way that explain the history and natural history of the falls area through the seasons. John Muir lived in two different spots along this trail. A convenient restroom is near the trailhead. The popular 'Yosemite Frazil Ice' video was all filmed here; look for frazil ice in April.
Photo courtesy of Lower Yosemite Falls Day Hike.