"Tamarack Creek Falls"

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

About “Tamarack Creek Falls”

Hiking Distance: roadside
Suggested Time:

Date first visited: 2004-04-23
Date last visited: 2017-06-17

Waterfall Latitude: 37.73067
Waterfall Longitude: -119.71458

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

“Tamarack Creek Falls” is the unofficial name I’m using for the cascade that tumbles alongside the Upper Cascades. To my knowledge, it doesn’t have an official name, which is why I’m using quotes.

In any case, despite the appearance of being redundant with the Upper Cascades part of the Cascade Falls writeup, it stands out enough on its own to have its own writeup, in my opinion.

Upper_Cascades_006_04232004 - Tamarack Creek Falls on the left with the Upper Cascades on the right
Tamarack Creek Falls on the left with the Upper Cascades on the right

The photo you see at the top of this page was taken in the early afternoon in mid-Spring, which is the best time to check this place out.

Come too early in the day and you’re likely to be looking against the sun since these cascades face west. Come too late in the day and the falls start hiding in the shadows caused by nearby cliffs and the tall trees around them.

The best spot to view and experience both cascades is from the B3 pullout on the Big Oak Flat Road.

It’s also possible to walk to or stop the car at the B2 pullout between the bridges over both Tamarack Creek and Cascade Creek.


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

Upper_Cascades_008_04232004 - Another look at Tamarack Creek Falls, but this time with cars so you know how tight the road can be and where the pullout is
Big_Oak_Flat_Rd_17_006_06172017 - This was the view of the Upper Cascades and the hard-to-see Tamarack Creek Falls from the B3 pullout late in the afternoon in mid-June 2017
Big_Oak_Flat_Rd_17_009_06172017 - Closer look at the Upper Cascades in late afternoon shadow
Big_Oak_Flat_Rd_17_014_06172017 - As you can see, Tamarack Creek was not only harder to see, but it was significantly smaller than the Upper Cascades
Big_Oak_Flat_Rd_17_004_06172017 - Even though shadows were making it difficult to photograph both Tamarack Creek Falls and the Upper Cascades, this view towards Bridalveil Fall was still in great lighting

You can view the spectacle during the peak snowmelt in April and May (or possibly later depending on how much snow had accumulated before the melting season) at the pullout signposted B3 along the Big Oak Flat Road. The scene is especially memorable when you leave the last tunnel as you head towards Yosemite Valley on that road!

For a bit of context, the Big Oak Flat Road was roughly 6 hours drive from Los Angeles via our preferred route of going up the Hwy 41 from Fresno via Oakhurst and the South Entrance. From San Francisco, this was roughly a 4 hour drive along route 120 and the Big Oak Flat Entrance. From Merced, it was roughly a 2 hour drive via Mariposa and the Arch Rock Entrance.

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