Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite - Hiking California

 

The base of Bridalveil Falls is accessible in Yosemite Valley at Yosemite National Park, California, USA.

 

 

Bridalveil Falls is one of the most easily accessible and busiest tourist attractions near the entrance into Yosemite Valley.

Following visits to Swinging Bridge and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center on approach to Yosemite National Park from Oakhurst, California in the south with a traditional stop at Tunnel View, on the exit from Wawona Tunnel, for the spectacular vistas over Yosemite Valley.

 

Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA The view into smokey Yosemite Valley from Tunnel View at Wawona Tunnel

 

Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 

The entrance to the large Bridalveil Falls parking area is clearly signed on Wawona Road. The wide paved trail to the base of Bridalveil Falls is a round trip of 1.2 miles (1.9 KM) with an elevation gain of 100 ft (30.5 m). 

The approach along Bridalveil Creek is a very scenic introduction to 620 ft (189 m) Bridalveil Falls plunging from the 'hanging valley' between Cathedral Rocks and Leaning Tower.

The impressive waterfall takes its name from the appearance of a veil as the breeze creates a misty fall to the massive boulders at the bottom.  Prepare to get wet.

Waiting for a break in the direction of the mist is mandatory to prevent lens swamping for capture of an image from a somewhat unblemished lens.

 

Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Bridalveil Falls, Wawona Road, Yosemite National Park, California, USA

 Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Bridalveil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California, USA Lush, scenic and aromatic Bridalveil Creek rushes from the base of Bridalveil Falls alongside the access trail.

 

There are a variety of trail options along and across Bridalveil Creek.  There are simply too many options in Yellowstone National Park to focus within a single area.

The next stop will be Lower Yosemite Fall in Yosemite Valley, California, USA.

 

Categories: 

Tags: