Upper Yosemite Falls Trail

#6 of 173 trails in Yosemite National Park

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Upper Yosemite Falls Trail is a 7 mile out and back trail located near Yosemite National Park, California that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

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Josh Cheung (128)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Although the path zig zags to compensate for the steep elevation, it's still a steep and rocky climb so bring at least a few bottles of water. We went in August during dry season, where the falls dries up and you can walk close to the ledge and see some interesting pools. There are great wide views of the park at the peak so it was very rewarding. You'll notice your calves get more toned within a few days of this hike.

Utahtravels Wesley (1821)

60 Completed18 Reviews

Couldnt believe how slow of a climb this hike was woth over 60 switchbacks, but it ended more than worth it. my advice, leave at the very latest by 9 am to avoid direct sun light and have shady trails along the way. be sure to bring at least 3 liters of water and a lunch with snacks. a swimsuit is a good idea if you make it up by july, there will be gorgeous,perfect tempature pools you can swim in on the top. cant wait to come back and camp up here! for more info check out my ig account @ utahtravels

Vlad Paly (152)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Challenging hike. Bring plenty of water. That was my mistake. But luckily we crossed some small springs of drinkable water. The views are worth the climb

Lynee Berger (151)

6 Completed6 Reviews

Challenging but worth it! This is not a hike for the faint of heart! It seemed ridiculous to me that a 7 mile hike would take 5 hours, but altitude and a straight uphill climb will get the better of you! If you have ailing joints that tend to get sore, bring your braces! There aren't many places to stop and rest along the way, the final 1.5 miles has no shade or protection from the elements and bring lots of water as you will need it. My 3 Liter pack barely made it back down the mountain with water still in it! Bring filtration pills if you plan on filling up in the river up top! This is a very heavily traveled trail, but enough people stop along the way that if you are in great shape and looking for a good work out, they will scoot out of your way! The view of the falls halfway up is the best place to stop for photos, once you get up to the falls you can't see it nearly as well, but the views of Yosemite Valley are spectacular!

Kristen Morse (250)

26 Completed10 Reviews

A staircase to the top of Yosemite falls! This hike was a bit challenging but with enough water, not too bad! Beautiful views the entire way up and an unbeatable view of the valley at the top!

Debbie Murnan (742)

30 Completed29 Reviews

Jae B (907)

37 Completed34 Reviews

Steve Oswald (13158)

157 Completed159 Reviews

Beautiful falls, and a much more difficult hike compared to Lower Yosemite Falls. Well worth the hike though, because parts of this hike were magical.

Bob Wharton (8797)

295 Completed297 Reviews

Terry M. (216)

Great views the whole way to the top. It was hot but there are shady areas to rest. A lot harder than I thought it would be. Coming down was tough on my old knees. Worth the trip though.