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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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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
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Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
$199.00 per adult
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Our guide was Don and he...
Our guide was Don and he was amazing. He is so knowledgeable about so many places, and he’s always ready to take pictures of you and whomever you are touring with.
Jules_H, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

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Great day!
Susan_F, Oct 2021
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Gino was very enthusiastic and helpful. I would have liked the chance to get to the NPS visitors center but I'm guessing bus parking and/or covid closures made the difficult. It was a beautiful day. Thank you!
star-5
Best guide/driver ever!
Rose_P, Aug 2021
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Denise was an excellent driver and tour guide. Her knowledge of and enthusiasm for the area was great. She was concerned about our comfort and safety. She made sure we knew what to expect and that we were prepared with food and comfort stops. it was a very long day but definitely worth it.
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Sequoias, breathtaking scenery and biking through Yosemite Valley
Linda, Aug 2021
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Amazing 2 day experience. Be sure to bring plenty of water for the sequoia hike a no water sources are available there. Cedar Lodge is a lovely place to relax before day 2. Great food, very clean. Bike rental on day 2 is highly recommended since the valley terrain is flat and there is so much to see. Swimming in the Mercede River was a definite highlight.
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The greatest- I would stay at the Air B and B I Groveland again.
James-B-Bickley, Jul 2021
1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland
Most important was the airB and B in Groveland, CA. It was so graciously prepared with many extras. The place was very clean. It was close to a beautiful Lake, with jet skies, KyateE, boat rentals etc. Loved the 8 hr Tour they picked us up in Groveland. It was awesome my whole family enjoyed it. Disappointed the Sunset hike was canceled. The Hollywood tour was also very enjoyable and fascinating . Thank you
star-5
Great trip
Jerry_C, May 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Our guide had lots of interesting facts about the park and went out of his way to ensure the safety of the group. Great trip. Would recommend.
star-4
Astonishing view of the Yosemite Fall.
Paul_C, May 2021
Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion
We met with our tour guide Ashley at 8:00 and started our guided hike. Because we brought our dog, due to park rule and safety, we were only allowed to stay on the road instead of the more of the path trail. Despite that Ashley was able to accommodate or situation and showed us the main attractions of the park. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a great time. Highly recommend this excursion for mild to moderate level of hiking skill. Enjoy.
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The group I was with and...
Ashley_M, Oct 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
The group I was with and the driver were super nice! The driver was very informative and made sure we had a great experience.
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Amazing
Briana_W, Oct 2021
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Really great experience! Brian was amazing and we got to see a lot of spots in Yosemite, El Capitan, séquoias, mirror lake, etc. He stopped at several scenic spots and we got great pictures! (If you are prone to carsickness be prepared it’s a lot of windy roads. ) He gave a nice amount of free time to explore. It’s a long day but totally worth it!!
star-5
Great experience 👍🏾
Terrell_J, May 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Hiking up the Yosemite falls. Our tour guide Jay was awesome, he gave a terrific history lesson about the park and made sure to stop at all the high points and even took pictures of my group. Thanks Jay
star-5
Loved the tour!
Elizah_T, Aug 2021
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
The tour was great! The vehicle used was clean and comfortable. Our tour guide and driver (Gino) provided us with a lot of information along the way and ample time on breaks. There is one food break going to and fro from Yosemite. when we arrived at the location our tour guide gave us time to explore the trails and area on our own.
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Day tour to Yosemite
JM_B, Oct 2021
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
It was a good experience and our tour guide, Kate was very informative and friendly. I will definitely recommend it to my family and friends.
star-5
Excellent Tour
Ernesto_S, Oct 2021
3-Day Yosemite Camping Adventure from San Francisco
Lisa was an excellent guide with a lot of passion for her work. The group was amazing. We visited many places around Yosemite, some of the off the beaten path.

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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