Lehamite Falls

Yosemite National Park / Yosemite Valley, California, USA

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Lehamite Falls - the often overlooked waterfall next to Yosemite Falls

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INTRODUCTION

Lehamite Falls is literally the overshadowed next door neighbor to Yosemite Falls. Its unfortunate position means only the curious and observant waterfall fanatics even notice this tall, slender series of cascading falls deep in the recesses of Indian Canyon.

We've noticed that this waterfall doesn't have longevity so the window in which it's even worth noticing this guy when it has decent enough flow is very limited. That said, I think around late April through May (depends on the snowmelt conditions and the weather) is when to try to take a shot at spotting this waterfall. Just to give you an idea of how variable the timing can be to see this falls flow, our latest visit occurred in mid-June 2017, which was a heavy snowpack year.

In addition to the timing for this falls to make an appearance, you also have to time your visit for the early to mid afternoon. That's because it may be the only time in the day when Indian Canyon and the surrounding trees don't cast a shadow on the falls. Shadows weren't our friends with this waterfall because it was already hard enough to spot the falls, but the shadows render the falls almost invisible.

When this waterfall does flow, we've found that the best spots of view it (albeit from a distance) was from the open terrain of the Cook Meadow area as well as the Southside Drive just west of the Yosemite Chapel (around the site of the Old Yosemite Village at signpost V20). We were even able to spot the falls from as far west as the Swinging Bridge.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Another look at Lehamite Falls, but this time in June 2011 from Swinging BridgeAnother look at Lehamite Falls, but this time in June 2011 from Swinging Bridge
One of the spots to see Lehamite Falls was at the Swinging Bridge, but that was also where I got one of my favorite photos of Yosemite Falls, which is shown hereOne of the spots to see Lehamite Falls was at the Swinging Bridge, but that was also where I got one of my favorite photos of Yosemite Falls, which is shown here
Just east of Swinging Bridge was another spot where the Merced River was even calmer (for those nice reflections). Notice Lehamite Falls in the shadows to the rightJust east of Swinging Bridge was another spot where the Merced River was even calmer (for those nice reflections). Notice Lehamite Falls in the shadows to the right
Lehamite Falls now harder to see due to shadowsThe falls now harder to see due to shadows. This photo was taken in April 2004.


Lehamite Falls from Cook MeadowThe falls in context as seen from Cook Meadow


Context of Lehamite Falls as seen from Cook Meadow. That's Half Dome to the far right and North Dome towards the middleContext of the falls as seen from Cook Meadow. That's Half Dome to the far right and North Dome towards the middle


I wonder if these people hiking in Cook Meadow even were aware of Lehamite Falls in the backgroundI wonder if these people hiking in Cook Meadow even were aware of the falls in the background


Here's a look at Lehamite Falls at the right time of the day in Summer 2017Here's a look at the falls at the right time of the day in Summer 2017


Looking towards both Lehamite Falls and North Dome from a bridge over the Merced River near the Yosemite ChapelLooking towards both the falls and North Dome from a bridge over the Merced River near the Yosemite Chapel


Context of Lehamite Falls as seen while walking along the Southside Drive from near the site of the Old Yosemite Village and the Yosemite ChapelContext of Lehamite Falls as seen while walking along the Southside Drive from near the site of the Old Yosemite Village and the Yosemite Chapel



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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


top down sweep of Yosemite Falls then putting Lehamite Falls in context


Bottom up sweep of the overlooked falls from Cook Meadow


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

Perhaps the best viewpoint of this short-lived waterfall is on the far east end of the long pullout before Cooks Meadow (signpost V19). I've also seen this waterfall from Swinging Bridge as well as within Cook Meadow itself, especially near the Yosemite Chapel and the site of the Old Yosemite Village (signpost V20). There may be other viewpoints within the Yosemite Village further north, but generally trees will obstruct your view.

For a bit of context, Yosemite Valley was roughly a 6 hour drive from Los Angeles via our preferred route of the I-5 then Hwy 99 to Fresno, then Hwy 41 through Coarsegold, Oakhurst, Fish Camp, Wawona, etc. all the way to Yosemite Valley.




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ITINERARIES

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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES





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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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