Yosemite falls: North America’s highest waterfall

North America | | December 7, 2010 at 1:32 am


Nestled in the Yosemite National Park of California’s Sierra Nevada, Yosemite falls is not only the highest cascade of North America, but also ranks fifth in the list of tallest waterfalls on the planet. It now goes without saying that the Yosemite falls is the major highlight of the park, particularly during the days of late spring and winter when the flow is in plenty. The water cascades down covering 2425 feet from the top. According to the amount of snow fallen at the time of winter, the Yosemite water runs starting from winter until the early summer in August. However, the peak time of the water flow of the Yosemite Falls is spring as the melting snow through the cliffs reaches the valley. Along with the gusting flow if you want to enjoy the scenery, then come here at the time of winter when the cliffs get hidden under the ice, snow, and frost.

If you just explore the Yosemite National Park, then you get a chance to see a collection of waterfalls that is regarded as among the most superb ones on Earth. In fact, of these cascades, five waterfalls of the Yosemite Valley are in the list of top 10 highest waterfalls in the world. Although more than 90% of the park’s territory is wild and rough, your eyes will just get stuck at two popular cascades namely, the Yosemite as well as the Bridalveil falls while you are at the valley’s floor.

Okay, did you know that there is an adventurous way to obtain the maximum views of the stunning Yosemite Falls? Well, if you can guess it, it is none other than hiking the Yosemite Falls Trail that involves a round trip of 7 miles consuming your 5 hours because of its steep as well as slippery features. Although this well-marked trail of out and back is quite strenuous with an exception of encounter with the crumbled boulders, it is a highly rewarding one with the eye-soothing and breathtaking views of the falls and other landscapes around. In fact, as you go further on the trail, you will come across many halts where you can enjoy capturing photos of your loved ones with the background of these splendid views. After being at the top, just walk down for reaching until the viewing platform from where you can enjoy a close view of the falls. To access this trail, enter the park with the fees of $20 and then follow the route to the Camp 4 in the Yosemite Valley, which is also commonly known as the Sunnyside Walk-In.

When you are exploring the Yosemite falls, note that it is made up of three separate waterfalls namely the Upper Yosemite Fall of 1,430 ft, Lower Yosemite Fall of 320 ft, and the Middle Cascades of 675 ft. Hiking up until atop the Upper falls takes you one day, while a walk to the Lower ones is the matter of some minutes only. The Upper Falls, among the world’s 20 highest waterfalls, is the result of the creek’s swift waters coming after flowing through the Eagle Creek Meadow. To reach here, pick up a trail from several starting from the valley floor as well as other areas of the park outside the valley. On the other hand, the Middle Cascades holds a set of five plunges dropping into the narrow gorge making them to be hardly noted. Further, a majority of the look out points here totally miss them, which are along the trail. Coming to the Lower Falls near a viewing area, it is the starting point of the Yosemite Creek that meets the adjacent Merced River. Its base is flanked by several risky clutters of talus that become more deceitful in times of slippery surfaces as well as high humidity.

To reach the Lower Falls, one needs to first reach the Yosemite Lodge that is situated in the Yosemite Valley. On the other hand, to be at the top of the Upper Falls, one requires hiking the steep and difficult trail of 3.5 miles starting adjacent to the Sunnyside Walk-in Campground, which is always crowded. Alternatively, you can think of taking one of the many trails starting from the Tioga Road.

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