One of the true spectacles of Yosemite, Bridalveil Fall is a wonder that you have to see to be believed. While short compared to Yosemite Falls (coming in at 620 feet), it is still one of the more impressive waterfalls in the region because of its famous mist that wafts with every breeze, which happens to be its namesake (apparently, many seemed to think the mist resembled a bridal veil). Add in the gorgeous surrounding scenery (trees, trees, and more trees) as well as the majestic cliff face, and it’s easy to see why this is such a crowd pleaser.
Hiking Time and Distance
Because it is only a 1.2 mile round trip, this is certainly one of the easier hikes you’ll take while in Yosemite. It only takes 15-30 minutes to traverse the entirety of it—though you might want to stay longer to take some pictures—making this the epitome of “get in/get out” situations. But, it is still very enjoyable, and the sight at the end is more than worth the easy hike to it.
This really is more of a tourist sight than a hiking trail, so young and old alike will easily be able to tackle this docile foot trail. It may get a bit slippery towards the end, on the account of the thousands of gallons of water that are hurtling over the cliff, but it is still among the easiest trails you will find in Yosemite.
This is a landmark that all the tour busses stop at, so expect the crowds to be thick, particularly during the peak time of year (springtime).