Yosemite is home to countless waterfalls, and its crown jewel – Yosemite Falls – is one of the tallest waterfalls in North America and the sixth highest in the world. Made up of three distinct waterfalls – the Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 ft.), the Middle Cascades (675 ft.), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft) – Yosemite Falls has a total drop of 2,425 feet. These spectacular waterfalls can be seen throughout much of the eastern portion of Yosemite Valley.
The stunning Yosemite Falls is known for its moonbow display in the spring – the amazing colors seen by the light of the full moon on a few clear nights each year – and for the snow cone that forms at the base of the upper fall in the winter months.
A great place to see the falls is from Yosemite Village – to get closer, there is a relatively easy one-mile lower Yosemite Falls hike (wheelchair accessible) that takes you to the base of the falls. The Lower Yosemite Falls trail can be accessed at Yosemite shuttle stop #6 or from Yosemite Lodge at the Falls. To get to the very top, the Upper Yosemite Falls trail is a more strenuous, day-long hike that begins near the shuttle stop.
Yosemite Falls is fed by snowmelt and the peak runoff time is typically in the summer months. During the spring and early summer, the roar of the falls can be heard across the eastern portion of Yosemite Valley. Later in the season,when the snow has melted away, Yosemite Falls becomes a trickle – it is often dry by August. Check out the Yosemite Falls webcam to see the current conditions of the falls.