If you are asking why you’d want to see Lower Yosemite Falls, then you obviously have not heard too much about this park. Without a doubt, Yosemite Falls is the signature water fall within Yosemite National Park. It is the highest in North America, coming in a 2,425 feet tall—which is ten times taller than Niagara or Shoshone Falls, and twice as tall as the Empire State Building. If that’s not enough for you, the trail itself that you take to see it is basically a scenery smorgasbord. Sandwiched between views of the falls at the beginning and end is a quarter mile of hike through spectacular woods that are both refreshing and beautiful. Though there is not much in the way of alternate sights here, the woods and the falls themselves are enough reason to call this one of the best hikes in Yosemite.
Distance and Hiking Time
Fortunately, this is actually a pretty short trail to complete and, at only .5 miles round trip from trailhead, you’ll have it completed in no time (only 15-60 minutes for most hikers). But, this hike isn’t about the hike itself, it’s about getting to your destination! So, don’t worry too much about how long it will take you, because you will most certainly be at trail’s end for a while.
Like we said, it’s a short hike, so you won’t be breaking too much of a sweat. Plus, there is a path from beginning to end, so you don’t really have to worry about breaking a leg. It’s easy, short, and fun. Again, you’re here for the waterfall, not the hike!
Best Time to Visit
Without a doubt, we recommend coming during the springtime, when the water is roaring at its peak. At this time, you’ll have a hard time keeping your hat on because of the breeze generated by the rushing waters. Trust us; it truly is a marvelous site.