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Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA

The Basics

You can spot the iconic waterfall from various vantage points within the park, including Yosemite Village and Yosemite Valley Lodge (formerly Yosemite Lodge at the Falls). For active viewers, a 1-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall, or a strenuous (and usually crowded) 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) hike with 2,700 feet (823 meters) elevation gain beginning near Camp 4 hike takes you to the top of Yosemite Falls.

Due to the incredibly popularity of this natural attraction, Yosemite Falls is included in most park tours. You can see the falls, along with other park attractions—El Capitan, Bridalveil Falls, Vernal Falls, Half Dome, the Chapel, and the Cathedral Spires—on a day tour from San Francisco or Fresno.

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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
star-4.5
$169.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Seeing a bear
Seeing a bear in the redwood grove. That was my highlight! Seeing the different waterfalls was also awesome!
Dan_S, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

star-5
Amazing trip to Yosemite National Park
Jason_T, May 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Denise is an extraordinary tour guide. She is such a wonderful person personally and professionally. She takes care of everyone in the group tirelessly. Yosemite national park itself is extraordinary and much more beautiful to your eyes than to your camera. The bus is a bit old (no power outlet), but it is still quite comfortable and clean. I personally think that the tour is slightly too long (aprox 15 hours) but thank you to Denise to make this trip memorable!
star-4
Great day trip
Caitlin_D, May 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
This trip is perfect if you are looking for high level attractions in Yosemite. If you want to hike or spend significant time at any one place, this is not for you. I am so glad we did this trip, but I wish masks were still enforced given the amount of time you spend in the van with other people. Another person in our group had a bad cough and I now have covid. The description says proof of vaccination required and masks required, but neither were enforced.
star-5
Yosemite is a must see
Ellen_W, May 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
This was a wonderful experience. Yosemite is a must see and it was so nice having someone do the driving. The mini bus was clean and comfortable.
star-5
Highly recommend!
Linda_T, Apr 2022
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Laura was a fabulous driver and tour guide. The itinerary was just right for us and we saw several WOW views. The van was clean and comfortable. Laura was attentive, informative and so very pleasant.
star-5
Great experience. Clean...
timhaugenhotmailcom, Mar 2022
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Great experience. Clean van, good guide and beautiful day. We highly recommend. The pickup in Fresno was a good idea.
star-5
Fab day from start to finish!
Christie_P, Feb 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Brian was amazing, knew so much information about pretty much everything I asked! He was kind, polite and most of all made sure we were all happy and used our time to the best ability. The van was modern and clean, both stops where in perfect locations! We recommend this company hugely and hopefully will return! Thanks
star-5
Amazing
neil_s, Jun 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
El capitan yosemite falls and a very informative guide the giant sequioas were fantastic .awsome day trip
star-4
Yosemite
Patricia_R, Jun 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Yosemite is beautiful!!! The ride up and down the mountain a bit rough. :( I know driver is experienced, but seemed a bit in a hurry at times. Van not very comfortable for some of the bumpy roads. Tour guide knowledgeable.
star-5
Great experience a must do
DEVDAS_S, Jun 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
The tour guide Roman was fantastic. Informative and had a great sense of humour, he stopped for us to take photos at different places. The tour was good. Took us to all the important locations
star-5
excellent trip
Eddie_W, Jun 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip from San Jose
tour guide Denise was excellent, very lively n knowledgeable. she brought the yosemite experience to us in a difference view poibt
star-5
Yosemite spectacular
David_H, May 2022
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Laura was an excellent guide/driver. She kept us fully entertained throughout the day with her stories and found us the most spectacular views to photograph. El Capitan, Yosemite Falls, Brides Veil Falls and Half Dome were all phenomenal. An excellent tour. Highly recommended.
star-5
Wonderful, well-informed...
SubhashBanerjee, Jan 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Wonderful, well-informed guide who took all Covid precautions. Our favorite stop was seeing El Capitan.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Yosemite Falls is a must-see for first-time visitors, photographers, and strong hikers.

  • Be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes, especially if you plan to hike to the top of the falls.

  • Yosemite tours from San Francisco can last upwards of 14 hours.

  • The eastern side of the loop to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls is accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Access Lower Yosemite Fall near the Yosemite Valley Lodge; the top of the upper fall is accessed via a steep hiking trail. For a great (and underrated) view of the falls, consider hiking to the summit of Sentinel Dome.

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When to Get There

Yosemite Falls is at its most spectacular in the spring, with peak runoff occurring in May or June. The falls tend to dry to a trickle by late summer, but autumn rainfall rejuvenates it beginning in November.

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Natural Phenomena at Yosemite Falls

On a clear night with plenty of moonlight and enough water to create mist, see if you can spot a “moonbow.” During the winter, an ice cone tends to form at the base of the upper fall, while frost accumulates along the edges of the falls.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Yosemite Falls?
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Attractions near Yosemite Falls:
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What else should I know about attractions in Yosemite National Park?
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As well as visiting the Yosemite Falls, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: