“Shadow Falls”

“Shadow Falls” is a name I’ve made up for this surprise cascade that I happened to see during a hike out to the scenic Shadow Lake. As a matter of fact…

“Mineral King Falls”

“Mineral King Falls” is an unofficial name for this tall but unnamed waterfall that you can see right off the unpaved Mineral King Road. Unfortunately, there aren’t…

Marble Falls

Marble Falls actually consists of several cascades both upstream and downstream from the main falls itself. I suspect the waterfall got its name because it seemed to be in the presence of rocks…

Black Wolf Falls

Black Wolf Falls is a conspicuous presence as you leave the Silver City and head into Mineral King Valley. Getting here on the long, narrow, and winding Mineral King Road…

Sheep Creek Cascade

The Sheep Creek Cascade lies on Sheep Creek, which provides the drinking water for the facilities at the Cedar Grove Lodge area. The trail to the falls follows…

Mist Falls

Mist Falls is another rare waterfall where less is more. In this instance, its turbulent springtime flow earns its name by producing a misty mess. Under these conditions…

Alder Creek Falls

Alder Creek Falls probably gets my vote as the truly “secret” or “hidden” waterfall of Yosemite National Park. It has an unsigned trailhead, requires an eight-mile round-trip out-and-back hike…

Chilnualna Falls

Chilnualna Falls was one of those waterfall experiences that surpassed whatever expectations we may have had going into the hike. Given how little attention the southern section of Yosemite…

Rancheria Falls

Rancheria Falls was a surprisingly popular waterfall in the heart of the Sierra National Forest near Huntington Lake. Given how out-of-the-way it was from the typical Yosemite route via Fresno…

Grizzly Falls

On the way to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon, Grizzly Falls dramatically drops some 75ft in a misty display during the spring. You can spot it right off the Kings Canyon Highway…

Roaring River Falls

Roaring River Falls is one of those rare waterfalls where less is more. When it rages in the spring, you’ll see a 15ft white water torrent that is barely distinguishable…

Waterfalls on Kings Canyon Highway

The Kings Canyon Highway (Hwy 180) between Grant Grove and Cedar Grove passes through some rugged canyon scenery carved out mostly by the Kings River. There are waterfalls…

Tokopah Falls

Tokopah Falls probably has the tallest cumulative drop of the known and accessible waterfalls in Sequoia National Park. Said to drop some 1200ft at the head of Tokopah Valley…

Horsetail Falls

Horsetail Falls is a fairly common waterfall name so the one depicted here pertains to a waterfall found while hiking along the McGee Creek Trail near the Mammoth Lakes area. It can be argued that…

Twin Falls

Twin Falls drains Lake Mamie as it tumbles into the Twin Lakes near the Mammoth Lakes area (which is most known as a resort town for skiing). We were able to experience this reportedly 250ft…

Rainbow Falls

Rainbow Falls is a classically-shaped rectangular waterfall dropping some 101ft on the San Joaquin River. This waterfall was once part of Yosemite before mining interests…

Lower Falls (of the San Joaquin River)

Lower Falls is the overlooked neighbor to Rainbow Falls as visitors often don’t even bother with this falls or know it’s there. This waterfall isn’t even within…

Minaret Falls

Minaret Falls is a pleasant cascade just outside the northwestern boundaries of the Devils Postpile National Monument. Tumbling probably some 150ft as it scatters…