Yosemite Falls

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Location

California
United States
37° 45' 23.544" N, 119° 35' 48.876" W
US
General info: 

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. It is made up of three separate falls Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 ft), the middle cascades (675 ft), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft). The total 2,425 feet (739 m) from the top of the upper fall to the base of the lower fall qualifies Yosemite Falls as the seventh highest waterfall in the world.

Yosemite Falls is at its best in the late spring when the water flow is at its peak. Once all of the snow in the high country has melted away, Yosemite Falls becomes only a trickle and is often dry by August.

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Getting there: 

You can see Yosemite Falls from numerous places around Yosemite Valley, especially around Yosemite Village and Yosemite Lodge. To get a closer view, there is an easy 1-mile Lower Yosemite Falls loop trail that will take you to the base of the falls. You can access the trail at Yosemite shuttle stop #6 or across the street from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls.

You can also go to the very top by taking the Upper Yosemite Falls trail that begins near Yosemite shuttle stop, but make sure you’re prepared as this is a strenuous, day-long hike.

Costs: 

There is only entrance fee to the Yosemite National Park. The fees are:
Vehicle Pass - valid 1 through 7 Day(s) - $30
Individual Entry Pass (by foot, bicycle, motorcycle) - valid 1 through 7 Day(s) - $15

Interesting places nearby

It is amazing to think that there are still trees that existed way before the pyramids were built. The Methuselah tree is a 4850year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine tree growing high in the White Mountains, California.

Hyperion is the world's tallest known living tree. It was discovered in 2006, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor and was measured at 379.3 feet (115.61 m).

The General Sherman is the largest tree in the world. It is not the tallest, oldest or widest but it is the largest tree by volume.

Yosemite Falls is the highest waterfall in North America. It is made up of three separate falls Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 ft), the middle cascades (675 ft), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft).

The aptly named Half Dome is possibly Yosemite's most familiar rock formation. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor and the drop from the top is nearly vertical.

When Teddy Roosevelt saw the Burney Falls, he described them as the “eighth wonder of the world”.