Bridalveil Fall Trail

Yosemite National Park

Paved trail to the base of a 620-foot waterfall.

Hiking Easy

Distance
697 m
Ascent
27 m
Descent
27 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.2 km
High Point
1.2 km
Gradient
Bridalveil Fall Trail Map

Bridalveil is the most accessible of Yosemite National Park’s many iconic waterfalls. It is likely the first one you’ll notice when driving into the park because it’s close to the road near the entrance to the valley. Bridal Veil is 620 feet tall and flows year round, in a thundering column in May and June, and in a wispy spray during drier months. Winter brings a backsplash of ice on the cliff behind it.

Description

You can hike to a closer view on the Bridalveil Fall Trail, which is paved but still a bit steep near the end. It leads through shady mixed conifer and oak woodland beside a rushing stream that comes from the falls. Its water has just plummeted hundreds of feet from the rim of the valley.

At the vista point, you’ll look straight up at Bridalveil. During times of high flow, you will be in the powerful spray. During low flow, the spot stays dry, and it’s possible to continue up the streambed to reach the pool below the fall, but use caution because the rocks are slick and can be dangerous.

Source: https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/bridalveilfalltrail.htm

Difficulty

Easy

Walking along a well-kept trail that’s mostly flat. No obstacles are present.

Low Exposure

1 out of 4

The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Water features
  • Family friendly

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