On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route


One day after making a Taft point and Sentinel Dome route, we decided to make a morning route, which goes up to the top of the upper fall and later, the mythical Yosemite Point. The one that from my point of view has one of the best views of the Half Dome, even better than from the Glacier Point.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

Trekking in Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point

This route is ideal to do it early in the morning, or even late in the afternoon if we plan to sleep upstairs and watch the famous sunset over the Half Dome. Of course, to take into account the 1100 meters of unevenness and 14 kilometers to travel under a scorching sun.

Route map

In our case we arrive at Camp 4 about 8 in the morning. Starting point of the route and parking that is usually filled after 10 in the morning. In fact, most people start from 10/11 onwards, just when the heat starts to hit. Matter of tastes ...

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

We take the road that crosses the road and passes by the payment booth for the campers of camp 4. A few meters ahead we will see the first sign towards the upper fall, indicating 3.4 miles (5.5 km) but beware ... this is to the viewpoint since up to Yosemite Point there are 6.75 kilometers. And all this is just one way, then you have to go back.

As soon as we start we begin to see your demand. It is a continuous climb without rest, immersed in a forest crossed by an endless zigzag.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

The road has no great history, it is very very drab, although the views towards Yosemite Valley are very good. As a curious note is the absence of noise generated by the Upper Fall. At the moment it is neither seen nor heard. It is so deep in the mountain that its deafening noise was muffled.

Upper fall

Until of course we reach the upper fall, once bordered the mountain. Before us a show like no other. The waterfall was full of water, something very normal in the middle of spring. It is hard to believe that in summer it can dry out !!

Upper fall

The view is so splendid that it is worth staying a good time. One even forgets that our goal is to climb to the top and we still have a long way to go.

We resume the route, already rested and begin to climb again. The hardest part remains and where it is common to see many people resting on the sides of the road. The good thing is that you stop where you stop, the views are tremendous and many times you even have a good shade.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

Leaving the waterfall behind, and in full sun, we advance along a stony zigzag until we find a forest again. We already have more than 900m of unevenness and the upper part of the upper fall was nearby.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

We arrive at a detour, indicating the Yosemite Point and the overlook of the upper fall. We take it, we turn again, but this time towards the overlook, until we finally reach the top of the waterfall. A place not suitable for people with vertigo since you have to pass a railing somewhat exposed.

Upper Fall Viewpoint

The view is no big deal knowing what we had seen before. That is, if our goal is only to go up here, I would not recommend it, since there are better views along the way. The normal thing is that we have in mind to continue until Yosemite Point.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

Yosemite Point was our ultimate goal, so we took the path previously traveled. 200m later we find the turnoff and turn to our right. We only had 1.5km more and a slope not too steep.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

With the rested body of the previous viewpoint, reaching the Yosemite point becomes relatively fast, despite the turn that must be given in the form of zigzags to avoid the rocky looks. Also during this part of the road it is common to see marmots and numerous squirrels.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

Upon reaching the Yosemite point, we find another security fence, pointing to the west side of the valley. But, if we forget about that fence, and turn left after getting around some rocks, the views of the Half dome They are impressive. The best of the route.

On the Yosemite Falls Trail and Yosemite point route

Here we decided to eat and savor the views for a long hour. We only had to return, along the same path. Completely linear and not suitable for delicate knees.

The story of the descent is simple. People, many people, mostly exhausted and suffering from the heat. Many without a shirt and just a bottle of water in their hands, with nothing else. Welcome to USA, this isYosemite National Park.

More information on the website of the Yosemite National Park.

Practical data

Before leaving for the United States

  • United States Planet's Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental in USA with a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the United States

When to visit Yosemite National Park?

Since the beginning of May the road to Glacier Point is usually open. Therefore, to make this route it is strictly necessary that the road is open.

The routes from the Yosemite Valley are very hard

The answer is a NO resounding There are for all levels and most are excellently documented so that nobody gets a surprise. If we have to talk about some demanding route, these would be the one that goes up to the Upper Yosemite Fall and from there to Yosemite Point or surroundings.

What does it cost to enter Yosemite

The cost of access to Yosemite National Park is 30$ and is billed per vehicle. This pass is valid for 7 consecutive days.

How to get to Yosemite

The ideal is to arrive by car to travel it to our pleasure. Even so, there is a free internal bus service and some public transport option to arrive from cities like San Francisco. Here for example you can take a bus to Merced withAmtrak and from there another to Yosemite.

Where to sleep?

Be careful with this point because we can take a dislike. Yosemite is the most visited national park in the United States, so staying here can be a headache if we don't book months in advance. In my case, I tried to book a cabin a month and a half in advance and it was impossible, with the tent being the only option, or going to a hotel in Butterfly an hour from the valley, since he was not willing to pay for a room the chilling amount of 300$

Outside Yosemite you can also sleep in the portal, just 5 minutes from the entrance. Prices are generally high and their occupancy high.

He camping It is the most economical option and without a doubt the one that will best integrate us with the park. To reserve a place just go to theYosemite National Park website. and its cost is usually 26$ by store However there is a camping series that no reservation required and access is only cut once they are filled. These campsites are:

  • Camp 4 : Located at the base of the captain and ideal for climbing. Located in the Yosemite Valley.
  • Bridalveil creek : closed in winter to be located on the road that goes up to the Glacier Point view.
  • Tamarack Flat / White Wold / Porcupine Flat / Tuolumne Meadows : located on the Tioga road, therefore closed for much of the year.
  • Yosemite view lodge: hotel of great proportions at the gates of Yosemite. Despite its size it is recommended to book.

If we camp for free on a multi-day route, we must take a permit that costs about 5$.

Another option is the cabins, which are really large tents with a multitude of amenities, many of them optional such as TV, heating, ..., etc. for a higher cost than 100$ night.

And of course, there is always the hotel option, mainly in Yosemite Village But the prices are really high.

Guided tours to Yosemite

If we don't have time we can always opt for a guided tour to Yosemite where we will see the main points.

Yosemite excursion

Other fantastic places near San Francisco?

  • Hiking through Pinnacles National Park : route through the national park closest to the city.
  • Muir Woods : the closest redwood forest visited from San Francisco.
  • Whale Watching in Monterrey.
  • Alcatraz Island in San Francisco.
  • Big Basin Redwoods : If Muir woods fell short, this is your place.
  • Lake Tahoe and Mount Tallac
  • Trekking in Yosemite
  • What to see in Yosemite National park

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