“Glacier Point Falls”

“Glacier Point Falls” is the informal name I’m giving to this very short-lived waterfall. In all the years I’ve visited Yosemite and hiked the John Muir Trail, I never…

“Quaking Aspen Falls”

Quaking Aspen Falls is a name I made up for a roadside waterfall on the Tioga Road near a sign keyed to Quaking Aspens according to the Yosemite Road Guide…

“Cathedral Lake Falls”

Cathedral Lake Falls is a name I made up for this easy-to-miss waterfall on the Tioga Road just before the Pywiack Dome. It doesn’t look like it’s accessible by normal means…

Lee Vining Canyon Waterfalls

The Lee Vining Canyon Waterfalls are waterfalls tumbling into the steep, avalanche-prone area that links the Tioga Pass Entrance of Yosemite to the Mono Lake Basin. Given the volume of snow here…

LeConte Falls

LeConte Falls starts off as mostly a long series of featureless cascades until its main drop. In its main drop, the Tuolumne River slides down a fifty-degree slope with potholes backed by rocks…

Waterwheel Falls

Waterwheel Falls could very well be the most unusual waterfall in Yosemite. It’s one of those rare waterfalls where you care how far up water is thrown instead of how far it drops…

“Mattie Falls”

Mattie Falls is another waterfall that I unofficially named. Ordinarly, I’d disregard unknown and unnamed falls like this, but if it floods the Waterwheel Falls Trail it deserves attention…

California Falls

California Falls is the next major ensemble of waterfalls you’ll see beyond the Glen Aulin High Sierra Camp. There is a spur trail leading to its most photogenic spot…

Tuolumne Falls

Tuolumne Falls is the first major waterfall we encountered as we made our way from Tuolumne Meadows towards the Grand Canyon of the Tuolumne River. Of all the waterfalls that we encountered on…

White Cascade (Glen Aulin Falls)

The White Cascade (also referred to as Glen Aulin Falls) was the second major waterfall along the Tuolumne River that we encountered as we hiked from Tuolumne Meadows to the Glen Aulin…

Lehamite Falls

This often-overlooked waterfall has the misfortune of being situated close to Yosemite Falls near Yosemite Village. Lehamite Falls is a tall, slender series of cascading falls…

Widow’s Tears

Widow’s Tears suffers from a case of mistaken identity with the neighboring Silver Strand Falls. On top of that, it’s not a particularly easy waterfall to spot…

“Tilltill Creek Falls”

Tilltill Creek Falls is a name I made up for this welcoming waterfall on Tilltill Creek. After a long time since the last waterfall seen, it is a welcome sight for sore eyes…

Rancheria Falls

Rancheria Falls appeared to us like a series of waterfalls and cascades each with apparent spots to take a dip in the cold water and cool off. From what we could tell, there wasn’t a singular…

Foresta Falls

Foresta Falls was probably one of the more pleasant yet unsung and off-the-beaten-path waterfalling surprises to be found in Yosemite National Park. Every time we’d drive the Big Oak Flat Road…

“Tamarack Creek Falls”

“Tamarack Creek Falls” is the unofficial name I’m using for the cascade that tumbles alongside the Upper Cascades. It’s quite a scene coming out of the last tunnel on Big Oak Flat…

Carlon Falls

Carlon Falls was a strangely-shaped waterfall that had that rare characteristic of flowing year-round, which was quite a statement to make since most waterfalls within Yosemite National Park…

“El Capitan Falls”

The ephemeral “El Capitan Falls” is noticed mostly by rock climbers at Camp 4 or by hikers on the Yosemite Falls Trail. I’ve unofficially named this waterfall since I’ve seen this name in the…

“Mirror Lake Falls”

“Mirror Lake Falls” tumbles from the Basket Dome vicinity to the base of Tenaya Canyon near Mirror Lake. Although it has a very short season, it surprised me how big it was…

Horsetail Falls

Made famous by Galen Rowell’s “Natural Firefall” photograph, photographers challenge themselves to capture Horsetail Falls and its firefall effect.