- Nevada Falls tumbles 594 feet from Liberty Cap down slippery and rocky slopes
- You can reach the falls from Curry Village on the free shuttle and by taking a short hike
- Take the longer Nevada Falls Yosemite hike to the top of the falls for spectacular views
Nevada Falls Yosemite National Park is a sight that must be seen at the west end of Little Yosemite Valley. The spray and churning water flies and then continues on a journey into Emerald Pool, to Vernal Fall and ultimately the Merced River.
Location & Information
You can reach the Nevada Falls by driving to Curry Village in Yosemite and after parking, taking the free shuttle to stop 16 at Happy Isles.
Although the falls is accessible year-round, the nearby Mist Trail and the upper portion of the John Muir Trail between Clark Point and the top of Nevada Fall are closed in winter. Open paths may be snowy.
Yosemite National Park
PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389
A short hike to Nevada Falls is simple for any member of the family, but the best Nevada Falls hike is to make your way to the top of the falls. First you hike to along the Mist Trail to Vernal Fall then continue on for another 2 miles. It’s a total of 5.4 miles round trip and is a strenuous trek, so be prepared. The views are worth it, however, as you will see when looking out west at the magnificent cliffs of granite. It’s very quiet here as compared to other parts of the park.
Nevada Falls Yosemite was named from a Spanish word meaning “snowy” due to the mist that comes for the water hitting the slick and rocky slopes on its way down.