The Magic of Hiking to Yosemite’s Waterfalls

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By Michael Lanza

My seven-year-old daughter, Alex, is engaged in some heavy intellectual lifting. I can tell by the way she stares quietly, her brow knitted in thought, at Upper Yosemite Falls. We’ve hiked for 90 minutes up a thousand vertical feet of hot, dusty trail above Yosemite Valley to stand below this curtain of water that plunges a sheer 1,430 feet off a cliff, ripping through the air with a sound like fighter jets buzzing us.

I can only imagine how it challenges her young sense of perspective. I was an adult when I first saw Yosemite Falls, the tallest in North America at 2,425 feet, consisting of the upper falls in front of us, several hundred feet of cascades below it, and 400-foot-tall Lower Yosemite Falls, out of sight far below us.

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6 Responses to The Magic of Hiking to Yosemite’s Waterfalls

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  4. Adrienne   |  September 27, 2014 at 2:08 am

    This was an incredibly informative and detailed piece, thank you!

  5. rangewriter   |  June 18, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite place in the world! When I was coming out of anesthesia after knee surgery 20 years ago, I was dreaming/hallucinating my recent hike up to Vernal & Nevada Falls. Not surprisingly, I did not want to wake up!

    Question: Have you ever been to Yosemite in November?

    • MichaelALanza   |  June 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      No, I have been to Yosemite several times, but only in summer and fall. I’m going back again later this summer.

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