Virtual Guidebook to Yosemite and the Central Sierra Nevada
Lower Yosemite Falls
Yosemite National Park California


A short walk from Yosemite Lodge or the shuttle stop brings one to a view of the Upper Yosemite Falls, the Middle Cascades, and the Lower Falls at the end of an avenue of tall trees. The total height is 2425 feet (739 m), one of the highest in the world. The small fenced-off meadow next to this viewpoint used to be an ugly parking lot.

Though it is just the lowest section of the towering three-step falls, Lower Yosemite Falls, 320 feet (98 m) high, is one of the most popular sights in the park. A short walk from the first viewpoint leads to a viewing terrace and bridge at the very base of the falls, wet with spray in spring. A loop trail continues on past the site of the small sawmill operated by John Muir.



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(June 20, 2005)


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At the base of Lower Yosemite Falls in early summer

(July 12, 2005)


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At the base of Lower Yosemite Falls in winter

(February 22, 2002)


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Viewpoint at the base of Lower Yosemite Falls in winter

(January 29, 2006)


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