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Lower Yosemite Fall Trail



1.0 mile 1.6 kilometer loop
96% Runnable


Ascent: 75' 23 m
Descent: -84' -26 m
High: 4,033' 1,229 m
Low: 3,964' 1,208 m


Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)


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Revel in stunning views of Yosemite Falls in its entirety and walk to the base of the Lower Fall.

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Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Stay on the paved trail. Above the wooden footbridge that crosses Yosemite Creek, the rocks and boulders are slippery even when dry. Scrambling off-trail in this area has led to serious injuries.

Keep your food within arm's reach at all times and do not feed the wildlife.


The trail to Lower Yosemite Fall is open year-round. When the water is at its peak in spring and early summer, you can expect to get a little wet. This waterfall is often dry from late July or August through October. Expect icy conditions in some areas during the winter, especially on the short climb leading to the footbridge on the western trail.

Need to Know

To learn more about this Yosemite icon, view a 10-minute video podcast episode about Yosemite Falls.

Runner Notes

Share the trail! This is an EXTREMELY popular trail, so don't run here if you're trying to set some PR's.

Leashed pets and strollers are allowed. Bicycles are prohibited with numerous bicycle racks located nearby for your convenience.


Part of North America's tallest waterfall, Lower Yosemite Fall is the final 320-foot (98-meter) drop. Deafening in spring and early summer when the waterfall peaks in volume, you can expect to get sprayed with water when standing on the footbridge near its base. This short, easy walk rewards with spectacular views of both Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls. This paved loop trail offers different vantage points of Yosemite Falls and Yosemite Creek, and you can stop at the many exhibits to learn more about the natural and cultural history of the area.

If walking from the Valley Visitor center, follow the bicycle path to shuttle stop #6 and begin the trail. Consider walking the loop in a clockwise direction for best views of Yosemite Falls. This eastern portion of this loop trail is wheelchair accessible (when not covered in ice or snow).

Flora & Fauna

The trail meanders through a forest of mixed of deciduous and coniferous trees. Deer and other fauna are almost always present near the trail given the high possibility of receiving a handout from a passerby (please DO NOT feed wild animals).

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Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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Yosemite Falls
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The Lower Yosemite Falls
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Half Dome from the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail.
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Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls
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A faun just off of Lower Yosemite Falls Trail.
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Yosemite Falls on a full moon night from the Lower Yosemite Falls trail
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