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  • Address: Yosemite Falls
The highest measured waterfall in North America, Yosemite Falls is the superstar attraction in the park, especially in late spring when the snow melts and water flow is at its peak. With a cumulative drop of 2,425 feet (739 meters), Yosemite Falls actually consists of three falls and is also the sixth highest waterfall in the world (seventh according to some sources). Though there is some discussion about its place in the world's highest list, it's an incontrovertible fact that Yellowstone Falls is the centerpiece of the valley and the park.

The best views of the cascading torrent can be seen from various vantage points, including Yosemite Village and Yosemite Lodge. For active viewers, a one-mile loop trail leads to the base of Lower Yosemite Fall and also possible to hike to the top of Yosemite Falls as a strenuous, all-day hike. For a unique experience, on a clear night with plenty of moonlight and enough water to create mist, see if you can spot a "moonbow" at Yosemite Falls.

Practical Info

You can access Lower Yosemite Fall near the Yosemite Lodge in Yosemite Valley; the top of Upper Yosemite Fall is accessed via a steep, strenuous (and usually crowded) 3.5 miles (5.6 km) hike with 2700 feet (823 meters) elevation gain beginning near Camp 4. There are other routes to reach the Upper Fall via Tioga Road to the north. For a great--and underrated--view of the Falls, consider hiking to the summit of Sentinel Dome. Yosemite Falls are at their most spectacular in the spring; when the snowpack melts, usually mid- to late-summer, the Falls can remain bare until rainfall sends it gushing back.

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