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Chilnualna Falls Trail

Beginning Elevation: 4,200 Feet (1309.2 Meters) Chilnualna Falls Road
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain, One-way: 2,200 Feet (685.8 Meters)
Length, Round Trip: 8.2 Miles (13.67 Kilometers)
Usage: Moderate

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General Description

The Chilnualna Falls Trail begins as a single track along the stream. It ascends from the beginning winding along the creeks northern bank for the first half mile. The trail reaches a rushing cascade before leaving the stream for open forest and a series of switchbacks. The next three miles to the top of the falls is a steady ascent. Approaching the crest, vistas of the Wawona Valley are seen, as well as the wooded ridges beyond. Hikers are also rewarded with refreshing views of Chilnualna Falls. Return to parking area by the same route.

Directions from South Entrance: Travel north on Highway 41 to Wawona. Turn right on Chilnualna Falls Road and travel 2 miles eastward. Before the road turns to dirt there is a signed parking area on the right hand side. Park here and begin your hike following the stream.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-March through Mid-November (NOTE: The trail may be snow covered in Late Fall and Early Spring.) .

Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: OldManJimbo
Time of Day: 9:30am
Length of Time: 6.5 hours
Difficulty: Hard
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Steady climb throughout - incredible vistas. Best place for lunch was the top of the falls. Two or three creek crossings - trekking poles really help.
Conditions: Trail was well-groomed. A few boggy spots due to rain the night before. Considerable exposure to sun.
Water Availability: I took a liter and it was enough. There are creeks along the way.
Recommended Clothing: It rained, sleeted and got pretty hot when the sun came out. Multi-layers were needed, but it was a raining day when we started.
Suggested Accessories: Camera, trekking pole(s), slip resistant soles (wet granite)

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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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