Lehamite Falls

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

About Lehamite Falls

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2004-04-25
Date last visited: 2017-06-16

Waterfall Latitude: 37.76243
Waterfall Longitude: -119.57879

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

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.

Yosemite_Valley_17_135_06162017 - Lehamite Falls seen at the right time of day in the early Summer of 2017
Lehamite Falls seen at the right time of day in the early Summer of 2017

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 and sighting 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.


Lehamite Falls resides in Yosemite National Park. For information or inquiries about the park as well as current conditions, visit the National Park Service website.

Lehamite_Falls_003_04232004 - Lehamite Falls now harder to see due to shadows
Yosemite_Valley_127_06032011 - Lehamite Falls from Cook Meadow
Yosemite_Valley_17_106_06162017 - Context of Lehamite Falls as seen from Cook Meadow. That's Half Dome to the far right and North Dome towards the middle
Yosemite_Valley_17_112_06162017 - I wonder if these people hiking in Cook Meadow even were aware of Lehamite Falls in the background
Yosemite_Valley_17_136_06162017 - Looking towards both Lehamite Falls and North Dome from a bridge over the Merced River near the Yosemite Chapel
Yosemite_Valley_17_165_06162017 - Context of Lehamite Falls as seen while walking along the Southside Drive from near the site of the Old Yosemite Village and the Yosemite Chapel

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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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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