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Valley Hikes: Upper Yosemite Fall

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avatar Valley Hikes: Upper Yosemite Fall
June 23, 2009 04:44AM
Upper Yosemite Fall (strenuous, but difficult in winter due to snow, especially beyond Columbia Rock)

7.2 miles/11.6 km round-trip; 6 to 8 hours; 2,700 feet/823 m elevation gain

Begin at the Yosemite Falls Trailhead, Camp 4 (shuttle stop #7)

One of Yosemite oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall 2,425 feet (739 m) above the Valley floor. Do not stray off the marked path, as you will find steep drops adjacent to the trail. Enjoy spectacular views from Columbia Rock located one mile (and dozens of switchbacks) from the trailhead.
Re: Valley Hikes: Upper Yosemite Fall
June 23, 2009 10:20AM
If you can get an early start on this trail, an additional 6 miles RT to the summit of Eagle Peak (the highest of the Three Brothers) is highly recommended (at least by me). Relatively easy going beyond the waterfall, and the lonely views from up there are gorgeous. Bring a harmonica and serenade the birds and squirrels ;-) Snow can be a little problem in early season, but not this year. One or two stream crossings, nothing too wet.
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