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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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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
$189.00 per adult
Yosemite!
Wow, wow, wow! Yosemite is beautiful. What a great experience. Our tour guide, Alberto, was fabulous. He knew so much about Yosemite and the Bay Area.
Karen_T, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

star-5
Great family day trip
Dana_P, Jun 2021
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
We had such a fun trip! The bus was super clean and cool. The guide Gino had really funny stores to tell us during the drive and had great advice about where to buy affordable food for lunch and how to time budget all the stops so we could see as much as possible. Absolutely the highlight of our vacation!
star-5
Great trip
Jerry_C, May 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Our guide had lots of interesting facts about the park and went out of his way to ensure the safety of the group. Great trip. Would recommend.
star-4
Astonishing view of the Yosemite Fall.
Paul_C, May 2021
Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion
We met with our tour guide Ashley at 8:00 and started our guided hike. Because we brought our dog, due to park rule and safety, we were only allowed to stay on the road instead of the more of the path trail. Despite that Ashley was able to accommodate or situation and showed us the main attractions of the park. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time. Highly recommend this excursion for mild to moderate level of hiking skill. Enjoy.
star-5
The best experience
daga235, Apr 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Excellent trip. Brian is the best guide. Thanks for everything. On time. Safety. I love this trip with my friends
star-5
Wonderful Experience
Sheryl, Mar 2021
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
We had a great time with our tour guide. Laura knows a lot about Yosemite and the surrounding region. She is very friendly. We were the only ones that booked the tour for the day and so it resulted in a personal tour. It was wonderful especially during COVID and with icy roads to have the tour to ourselves with someone who can navigate the park. The lunch was good too.
star-5
Great experience 👍🏾
Terrell_J, May 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Hiking up the Yosemite falls. Our tour guide Jay was awesome, he gave a terrific history lesson about the park and made sure to stop at all the high points and even took pictures of my group. Thanks Jay
star-5
Great job Meredith!
Sherry_B, Jul 2021
Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion
Allowing us to hike at our own pace was great. We enjoyed the information about different birds and flowers.
star-5
Amazing trip. Great driver
Ivan_G, Jul 2021
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
The trip was amazing, it went over my expectations. The driver Frank (Gino) did an amazing job. I'm recommending it to my whole family. Thank you
star-5
Wow
RD-Neeru, Jul 2021
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Our tour conductor, Danielle was probably the best part of the trip. All the Points of interest were beautiful, the way he explained it to us was awesome.
star-5
Great Experience For Beginner Campers
Miguel, Jul 2021
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
Tour was overall a good experience. We saw some incredible views in Yosemite Valley. Daniel was a dope tour guide and very chill. Included meal count listed in your description was a bit inaccurate. Everyone on my tour was a first timer for camping. Daniel made the experience very memorable and worth the money. Definitely recommend this tour and hope that you get Daniel as your tour guide. ;)
star-5
Yosemite
Tammie_L, Jul 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Wonderful trip if you can only get to see a little of Yosemite. The tour guide was so sweet and we had a fabulous day!
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Two day trip to Yosemite park
Marat_R, Jul 2021
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
We had a great time for a two day trip. I’ll tour guy, Jay was excellent. He was with us on the trail, explaining things and helping well it was necessary. I would recommend to anyone who wants to see Yosemite park.

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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