Lower Yosemite Falls is the lower half of the tallest waterfall in North America, and doesn’t take too much effort to get to a spot where you can admire how magnificent it is.
A couple of years ago I backpacked with a group of friends to the top of Upper Yosemite Falls – which was insanely strenuous – but didn’t get to see the lower falls.
During my most recent visit to Yosemite National Park, I made time to see the last 320-foot drop of the entire waterfall, and it was absolutely worth it.
There’s an easy 1-mile trail you can take to see both the upper and lower falls from different angles, but you can also just find parking nearby – which is what I did – and walk on the paved path toward the waterfall.
California was still recovering from a several-year drought when I visited, and it was a month when Lower Yosemite Falls is typically dry. Fortunately, that wasn’t the case when I went. It still seemed pretty strong and I could hear roaring it as I approached it. If you visit the falls when the state isn’t parched, I imagine it’ll be even stronger.
There were a good number of people in the area when I went in the fall, so be prepared for a lot of company when you go here. The crowd can make it challenging to take photos without other people making unintentional cameos in your shot, but it is definitely nice to be captivated by Lower Yosemite Falls with other awestruck people.
Lower Yosemite Falls is worth stopping by when in Yosemite National Park. It’s most likely already on your itinerary if you’re planning a trip to Yosemite – if not, be sure to squeeze it in!
If you’ve already gone, then you’ve probably seen it before and know that experiencing and seeing it is a good way to spend some time while at the park.
You can find out more about Lower Yosemite Falls here.