Upper Yosemite Fall Trail

14 reviews #2 hike out of 298 in
5.9 mi
Distance
1 hrs 53 min
Time
terrain
2,713 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a difficult out and back trail to Yosemite Falls Overlook in Yosemite National Park.

This trail goes by Columbia Boulder, Energy Boulder, Columbia Rock, Upper Yosemite Fall, and First view of Upper Yosemite Falls.

Taking Children

This trail can be grueling but is highly rewarding. The youngest children and families I observed on the trail were between 8-10, though many did not do the whole trail. I would say this trail rates about a 4 on a scale of 1-10 for general acceptability for children. This is something I would have done around the age of 10 in the Boy Scouts, but it is challenging. I highly recommend starting this trail early in the AM 6-7.



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    1 year, 4 months ago
    Lots of up and down on this one – go only about halfway up for the best view of the falls. You don’t really see the falls from the top at all - but the view from the top more than compensate. As usual, a little bit harder to go down than up - you don’t expend the energy, but you do spend a lot of effort looking for the right foot plant. Decomposing granite on top of the regular granite boulders can make spots very slippery.
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    1 year, 10 months ago
    Great half day trip! Unbeatable view from on top of the falls! Start early to avoid the heat and people. Bring a gallon of water and feel your legs the next morning!
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