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Yosemite Falls

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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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
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$169.00 per adult
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FRED was awesome!
We upgraded to a private tour with FRED. It was such an amazing experience. He was very informative and courteous during the entire tour day. Highly recommended.
Maria_M, Feb 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

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Not Yosemite
Erin_O, Mar 2023
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
This trip was cancelled due to the weather. The tour company offered an alternative trip to Muir Woods and Wineries- which was phenomenal! Kimmie, the tour guide, had great information and was clear on expectations. When the tour van started having issues as we were about to leave the last wine stop, she kept our safety to the forefront and arranged a replacement van and extra tasting while we waited.
star-5
Excellent fast track
Desmond_K, Feb 2023
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
A fast track of Yosemite! Thanks to Brian, our guide and also the driver, we were able to see the beautiful sights of Yosemite in a day.
star-5
Awesome day tour
Lynda_W, Feb 2023
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Awesome day tour. It is a long day but that’s expected given how far Yosemite is from San Francisco. Steven was an excellent guide, and went above and beyond. We were unable to visit the Sequoias due to weather (it was winter) but it was still a really great day and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, marvelling at all the natural beauty of the park.
star-5
Beautiful trip!
Ana_M, Feb 2023
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Nice trip and great weather. The guide was helpful and informative. Time was well expended and the value was in within the budged !
star-5
Memorable, phenomenal, great tour
Siobhan_W, Feb 2023
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
We had a great day at Yosemite. Our tour guide was Alberto and he was absolutely brilliant - he told us lots of facts and was super funny and kept us entertained the entire time. It was a long day but very much worth it - Alberto showed us many stops and the views were incredible. Would highly recommend!
star-5
Amazing tour of Yosemite!!
Frank_L, Oct 2022
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Rob was courteous, funny, and SOOO knowledgeable! We got to see so many things! From the giant sequoias, to El Capitan (and climbers!), and Yosemite Falls plus more. Would definitely recommend, especially to people who have never been to Yosemite.
star-5
The best way to see Yosemite!
Lynne_F, Feb 2023
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
The best way to see Yosemite! Our guide Ira was friendly, personable and very knowledgeable. He knew the best places to take us, places that we wouldn’t have found if driving on our own. Nothing was rushed, plenty of time for photos. Lunch was very tasty with our own keepsake cool bag. Perfect!
star-5
What a perfect day
Danielle_J, Feb 2023
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
What a fabulous experience. Great guide James, made the trip something to remember. Great playlist for the time spent on the bus. Regular stops for photo opportunities. Just the right amount of commentary with informative facts. The time to yourself to explore as you want was terrific, option to catch a free bus around the park or some short walks in the area. Highly recommend this tour.
star-5
Very enjoyable
s_k, Feb 2023
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Very relaxed and enjoyable. Alberto was knowledgeable and entertaining. Saw most of the sights and took great pictures
star-5
An unforgettable tour of Yosemite
Alan_D, Feb 2023
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Fantastic full day tour of Yosemite valley, covering all the great Beaty spots, hosted by Steven - our first class guide and driver who really made the drive and tour really enjoyable with his driving skills, passion for Yosemite, and sharing lots of good tips to make the most of our day. I would definately go again and recommend this day out.
star-5
Excellent tour
Vicki_D, Jan 2023
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Tour was the perfect length and our guide, Daniel, was so knowledgeable and very willing to accommodate our requests. He was professional and friendly and lots of great stories to share.
star-5
Awesome Yosemite
collyoleary, Feb 2023
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Great trip, Yosemite Valley was amazing to see and Steven our driver was very helpful at getting good photos and knew the best places to stop. One tip - in winter bring hiking boots if possible for the sequoia part.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are the nearest attractions to Yosemite Falls?
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Attractions near Yosemite Falls:
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What else should I know about attractions in Yosemite National Park?
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As well as visiting the Yosemite Falls, check out these trip ideas to make the most of your visit: