Bridalveil Fall Trail, Yosemite National Park Hiking

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Bridalveil Fall Trail

Bridalveil Fall is known for the mist that billows out in a breeze like a bridal veil. The paved trail is about a half mile long and an easy hike. Read More

  • Easy hike 
  • Paved trail 
  • Dogs okay on leashes 
  • Falls drop 620 feet, heavy mist


Bridalveil Fall plunges 620 feet and is a popular stop for tourists of all ages. Bring your camera because the falls are memorable, especially early in the season. Rainbows shimmer in the mist when the light catches them just right, most often in the late afternoon. Spring is when the falls are most rambunctious, by September the water slows or can even dry up.


Take Highway 41 to the Bridalveil Falls parking lot. It's a large lot, but it fills early, especially on weekends and holidays.


  • Approximately one-half mile 
  • 15-20 minutes hiking time 
  • Easy, good family hike 
  • Elevation gain about 200 feet
  • Popular trail, many people

Plan & Prepare

There is often heavy spray from the falls, especially in the spring, and icy conditions in the winter, when it is sometimes closed to visitors. The rocks are slippery, so use caution. Leashed pets are allowed. This popular spot draws crowds and parking is at a premium.