"Quaking Aspen Falls"

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

About “Quaking Aspen Falls”

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2004-06-04
Date last visited: 2004-06-04

Waterfall Latitude: 37.84496
Waterfall Longitude: -119.57247

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

“Quaking Aspen Falls” is a name I made up for this roadside waterfall on the Tioga Road (Route 120).

The name came from the Yosemite Road Guide, which discussed quaking aspen corresponding to the pullout where this waterfall could be seen.

Quaking_Aspen_002_06042004 - The so-called 'Quaking Aspen Falls'
The so-called ‘Quaking Aspen Falls’

I reckon this waterfall doesn’t flow too far into the Summer since it’s completely fed by melting snow from a drainage that doesn’t cover a very large area.

In any case, this is merely a roadside attraction and worth a brief stop to get out of the car, stretch, and smell the alpine air of Yosemite’s High Country.

Not much more that can be said (as far as I was concerned, at least) about this waterfall.


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

While driving Tioga Road (Route 120), look for a pullout by signpost T16. This pullout is roughly 3.6 miles east of Yosemite Creek (signpost T15) and roughly 2 miles west of the North Dome trailhead (signpost T19).

To give you some context, this waterfall is accessible when the Tioga Road has been mostly snow free, which also means we would be able to enter Yosemite through Tioga Pass from Mammoth Lakes (roughly an hours drive; Hwy 120 turnoff from Hwy 395 is just south of Lee Vining). Mammoth Lakes is roughly 5 hours drive from Los Angeles via the Hwy 14 and Hwy 395.

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