One of Yosemite’s oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Upper Yosemite Fall trail leads to the top of North America’s tallest waterfall 2,425 feet (739 m) above the valley floor. Do not stray off the marked path, as you will find steep drops adjacent to the trail. Enjoy spectacular views…
7.2 miles/ 11.6 km round-trip; 6 to 8 hours; 2,700 ft/823 m elevation gain.
So read the pamphlet, which we read after our seven hour hike. When we started, we were expecting a short, leisurely ascent to some near destination to get warmed up for a larger hike the next day, but the trail continued, so we followed it, switchback, after switchback, after switchback, after switchback, after an endless number of switchbacks. Some areas were rocky, some were rooted, some dried earth. Smaller falls trickled across the trail at points, and the closer we got to the summit, which sometimes seemed to get further away, the more snow showed up on the sides of the trail. It was a long way up.
On the way, I shot mostly with an old (borrowed) Leica mini-zoom point-and-shoot loaded with the cheapest Fuji color film I could find, and sparingly with the medium-format Bronica I used the rest of the trip loaded with Fuji Pro 400H, mostly as documents. I’ll start with an overview shot of the Yosemite Valley, (it’s an iconic landscape, so you may recognize it), and then get into the falls, and the hike.
The next post, which you can see by clicking here, contains the summit, and some images from the roll of b/w film I shot there.