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

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Description

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. 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