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Bridalveil Falls Trail

Beginning Elevation: 3,980 Feet (1240.6 Meters) Bridalveil Falls Parking Area
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain, One-way: 50 Feet (15.6 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 4,030 Feet (1256.2 Meters) Bridalveil Falls Overlook
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Length, Round Trip: .5 Miles (0.83 Kilometers)
Recommended Season: Early Summer
Usage: Heavy
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

The trail leading to Bridalveil Falls is one of the most heavily used in the Yosemite Valley area of the park. Because of it's heavy use it is best to begin this trail early in the morning before most park visitors arrive. The trail begins from the Bridalveil Falls parking area along eastbound Southside Drive.

Follow the trail from the east end of the parking lot for a few minutes to a trail junction. At this junction bear right on a signed trail for Vista Point. This fork parallels a Bridalveil Creek Tributary and leads to the overlook of the falls. The route to the overlook is paved and suitable for individuals in wheelchairs and strollers. The overlook is wet with spray from the falls, so bringing rain gear is a good idea. The total mileage for this route is a half mile.

Directions from Arch Rock Entrance: Follow Highway 140 eastward along the Merced River. Approximately 6.5 miles from the entrance the road splits forming a loop around the Yosemite Valley portion of the park. Follow the road along the right fork and make a quick left into the Bridalveil Falls parking area.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-April through Mid-December (NOTE: Trail may be slippery from mist during the Winter and Fall.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
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Related Activities
Alder Creek Trail - This trail leads north from Wawona around Turner Ridge to Alder Creek Fall. It forms the western side of the Wawona Loop.

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Visitor Information:

Yosemite National Park, P.O. Box 577 , Yosemite, CA, 95389, Phone: 209-372-0200, Fax: 209-372-0220, TTY: 209-372-4726


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