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Yosemite Falls
The highest measured waterfall in North America and the sixth-highest in the world, Yosemite Falls is the superstar attraction in Yosemite National Park. With a cumulative drop of 2,425 feet (739 meters), Yosemite Falls comprises three falls and is especially stunning in late spring when the snow melts and water flow is at its peak.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
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12 Tours and Activities to Experience Yosemite Falls

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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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Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.  Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite Including Hotel Pickup

Private Hummer 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite Including Hotel Pickup

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Explore Yosemite National Park on a private tour in a 4X4 Hummer. Create your own itinerary with options to get out and hike, or stay in the Hummer for a scenic ride. Stop for a picnic lunch, and learn how John Muir convinced President Roosevelt to create the park during a 3-night camping trip. End the tour with a visit to The Pioneer Village History Center. This tour is ideal for visitors looking for an exclusive experience away from crowds.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion

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Explore the stunning trails of Yosemite National Park on this guided hiking excursion. Select a specific hike for your skill level, with options ranging from beginner to strenuous, and enjoy the views from Glacier Point, Sentinel Dome, El Capitan, Half Dome and more. Immerse yourself in the natural wonders of this renowned landscape as you hike in the fresh air. An experienced guide will provide insightful commentary along the way.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$175.00
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Yosemite Valley Private Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Private Hiking Tour

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Spend the day immersed in nature on a full-day hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. See the dramatic slopes of Half Dome and North Dome, experience the force of Yosemite Falls, and hike a variety trails to see Mirror Lake, and Spider Caves. Opt for a tour of an old Pioneer village and cemetery if you want. Guides carry water purification and first aid equipment and all profits form this tour support Yosemite youth summer camp programs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
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Yosemite Valley Private Winter Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Private Winter Hiking Tour

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While Yosemite is at its most popular during the warm summer months, the beloved National Park is equally in the winter months, with fewer crowds and beautiful snowfall on many of the valley's surrounding peaks. With this customizable winter tour, you'll get to experience Yosemite in a way that interests you, with a wide option of activities running from hikes to museum tours.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup

Jeep 4 X 4 Yosemite Park Tour with Hotel Pickup

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Convertible 2020 Jeep 4 X 4 Tour of Yosemite - Full-day. Snow or Dirt this gentle monster knows we need to get there. There is a time in life you want to indulge in luxury, instead of riding in a crowded bus with others you need to go on a private tour without breaking the bank. Jeep has capacity for up to 4 guests for one price. In good weather we can remove 2 front sun roofs before we arrive and if you want to go full convertible that option is also available and requires us to remove the complete top before we arrive.To celebrate Birthday or Anniversary, Engagement or Proposal, Celebrate success or just enjoy a trip with family and kids. We can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what interests you.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing SUV Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing SUV Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Enjoy Yosemite at your pace. Indulge in luxury instead of riding in a crowded bus without breaking the bank. Your SUV has capacity for up to 4 guests at one set price. This is a great way to celebrate special occasions or simply to enjoy a trip with family and kids. This tour allows you to customize your schedule and to visit the attractions that best suit your needs and interests.
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  • 8 hours
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Full Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing Van Tour - with Hotel Pickup !

Full Day Private Yosemite Scenic Sightseeing Van Tour - with Hotel Pickup !

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Private Yosemite Tour at your pace. If you have more than 4 guests in your group you can use this option for up to 9 guests in a comfortable Van. All at one price. Your family and friends can enjoy a private tour instead of being, think of a sheep blindly following the flock no matter where they go just ...in a larger group in a bus with other strangers. Our local guides can make this trip special for you. Private Tour so you can decide the schedule whatever is convenient to you and we can customize the tour for your needs. Just let us know what your interests are we do the rest.
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  • 8 hours
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1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

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This experience to the towering granite cliffs and gushing waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias takes off 365 days a year. This is the only 1-day Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Your heart will race as you enter Yosemite Valley for 5 glorious hours to enjoy Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then take some moments at El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic monuments.
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  • 7 hours
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Yosemite Valley Orientation Tour

Yosemite Valley Orientation Tour

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Leave your car outside the park and take our eco-friendly guided transportation instead. After picking you up at Yosemite View Lodge on Highway 140, we will drive approximately 45 minutes to Yosemite Valley. On the way, you'll hear about the history and geology of Yosemite National Park before stopping for photos at El Capitan. Before being set free for a day of hiking and exploration, our expert guides will provide a park orientation & hiking briefing so you'll be prepared to hit the best trails and find the best viewpoints. Once you've hit the trails, taken a dip in the Merced River and gotten all the photos of Half Dome and El Cap you could desire, we will head back to Yosemite View Lodge to drop you off.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

One Day In Yosemite Private Tour:Yosemite Valley, Glacier Point & Giant Sequoias

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See what Yosemite has to offer on this packed private sightseeing hike and tour. You’ll get an overview of Yosemite in one day, from Giant Sequoias to Glacier Point and Bridalveil Falls. Stop for hikes, photo ops of iconic landmarks, and swims underneath waterfalls. You’ll hike between 2-6 miles (3.2-6.7 kilometers) with the activity level adjusted based on the preferences of your group.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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5 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Yosemite Icons

5 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Yosemite Icons

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For the hiker wanting to see it all, the Yosemite Icons trip offers stunning views of Yosemite’s most famous landmarks from rarely seen perspectives. Experience the adrenalin rush of peering over the sheer 3,000 foot face of El Capitan –the mecca of rock climbers around the world. Feel the mist of the roaring Yosemite Falls as you stand over the water plunging nearly 1500 feet to the pool below making it one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in the world. Have lunch while gazing down on the granite bubble North Dome and relax while watching the sunset on the valley from Eagle Peak. This is a bucket list backpacking trip that lets you get up close and personal with scenes most people only see on postcards in the gift shop. Cancellations are governed by our standard cancellation policy. See our website for details.
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  • 5 days
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