“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.
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.
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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