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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
$209.00 per adult
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The tour and the guide,...
The tour and the guide, Victor was exceptional. I highly recommend it if you visit SF. Well organized tour with many places for good photos. He’s good driver, and good guide too. So overall, it worth the money
Zalan_V, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Yosemite National Park

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Víctor, pues driver was...
Monica_V, Jul 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
Víctor, pues driver was si simply amazing. He gave us a lot of information about the park, told stories, anecdotes about the park that make the tour very short besides his sense of humor makes the tour very fun. Also he gave us all the recommendations and advices to make our experience very safety.
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Amazing trip to Yosemite National Park
Jason_T, May 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Denise is an extraordinary tour guide. She is such a wonderful person personally and professionally. She takes care of everyone in the group tirelessly. Yosemite national park itself is extraordinary and much more beautiful to your eyes than to your camera. The bus is a bit old (no power outlet), but it is still quite comfortable and clean. I personally think that the tour is slightly too long (aprox 15 hours) but thank you to Denise to make this trip memorable!
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Great day trip
Caitlin_D, May 2022
Small Group Yosemite and Giant Sequioas Day Trip from San Francisco
This trip is perfect if you are looking for high level attractions in Yosemite. If you want to hike or spend significant time at any one place, this is not for you. I am so glad we did this trip, but I wish masks were still enforced given the amount of time you spend in the van with other people. Another person in our group had a bad cough and I now have covid. The description says proof of vaccination required and masks required, but neither were enforced.
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Yosemite is a must see
Ellen_W, May 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
This was a wonderful experience. Yosemite is a must see and it was so nice having someone do the driving. The mini bus was clean and comfortable.
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Highly recommend!
Linda_T, Apr 2022
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Laura was a fabulous driver and tour guide. The itinerary was just right for us and we saw several WOW views. The van was clean and comfortable. Laura was attentive, informative and so very pleasant.
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Great experience. Clean...
timhaugenhotmailcom, Mar 2022
Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup
Great experience. Clean van, good guide and beautiful day. We highly recommend. The pickup in Fresno was a good idea.
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Mr Capitan himself
Cain_M, Aug 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
Fantastic experience. Myself and the mrs went to Yosemite for the first time and it was amazing!! The trip was made even better with the tour operator who was extremely knowledgeable, passionate and friendly; making the five hour journey feel a lot less. Only critique is about the air con upon returning from the park, could have been slightly better. Would 100% go again and worth every penny! Thanks from the UK😎
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Day trip to Yosemite!
Joey_A, Jul 2022
Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Day Trip from San Francisco
This trip came in clutch when we realized a little too late that we needed reservations. Dustin our tour guide did a great job showing us the highlights. Our favorite spot was the Lower Yosemite Falls Trail. You’ll spend your whole time there. Bring food because you won’t want to waste time in the lodge with the limited time you’re down there. 5/5 Experience! Would definitely recommend. Thanks again Dustin!
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Many Thanks to Our Guide
Leo_H, Jul 2022
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Our trip was phenomenal and extremely rewarding. We are city folks who don't have much outdoor experience, and our guide was extremely helpful and went above and beyond to make us comfortable. We are introverts and not very active people so this was a challenge, the hikes were pretty strenuous on us. I think it was a life-changing experience and our tour guide Jay made it all possible with his guidance and excellent driving thank you!!!
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Outstanding and incredible experience - the best Yosemite tour
Jorge_A, Jul 2022
Small-Group Yosemite Day Tour from San Francisco
Incredible experience! I really recommend the small group plan. The guide provided the possible experiences always open to provide the best insight and advise with the best attitude. My wife and son enjoyed a lot this outstanding experience!
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Worth the cost.
Somie_R, Jul 2022
2-Day Yosemite National Park Tour from San Francisco
Our guide James was great. He could answer all our questions and we saw way more than we expected. The drive was a bit hilly, so if you’re one that gets a bit motion sick, sit up front. Otherwise, this was worth it in every way!
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6 miles walking tour around Yosemite
Nena_M, Jul 2022
Guided Yosemite Hiking Excursion
John was a great guide. He took us for a 6 miles walking tour at a comfortable pace, telling us about the area as we went and allowing time to rest and take pictures. We wanted to see giant sequoias but the Mariposa grove was closed so John directed us to a different sequoia grove. Overall very good experience, would recommend.
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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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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: