Next we have 2,425 foot Yosemite Falls
(photo to the right). It is the fifth tallest, waterfall in the world, and it is the highest waterfall in North America (Salto Angel in Venezuela at 3,212 is the highest waterfall in the world).
Yosemite Falls is actually made up of three separate falls: Upper Yosemite Fall (1,430 ft), the middle cascades (675 ft), and Lower Yosemite Fall (320 ft). You can walk to Lower Yosemite Fall in just a few minutes. A hike to the top of Upper Yosemite Fall is a strenuous, all-day hike.
Yosemite Falls is fed by Yosemite Creek, which drains 50 square miles of snow melt from the high country. Peak flow usually happens in late May, and 2,400 gallons per second flow over the lip of the upper fall. But by August, Yosemite Falls is often dry. It begins flowing again a few months later, after winter snows arrive.
Upper Yosemite Falls Trail
(along with the Mist Trail
) is also one of the classic hikes in Yosemite, and is certainly one of the oldest trails in the park. John Conway began building the trail in 1873, and completed the section to the top of Yosemite Falls in 1877. The state tried to buy the trail in 1882 but Conway refused to sell. The state did not give up, and the battle for the ownership of the trail went in and out of the courts over a period of years. Conway finally decided to sell it in 1885 for a sum of $1,500.00 (in todays money the sale would be just a bit over $24,000.00). This is still an incredible bargain if you take into consideration all the hard work that must have gone into the building of this trail, from the lower meadows of Yosemite Valley to the top of Yosemite Falls.
Well, that is just a small sample of Yosemite National Park's beauty. For more on Yosemite and all it has to offer, please do not hesitate to make use of the below links, for further information and possible adventures that you can experience in this most wonderfully preserved national treasure.