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Upper and Lower Yosemite Falls
Widely acclaimed as the sixth highest waterfall in the world, Yosemite Falls is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range inside Yosemite National Park in California. With the water flow running at its peak during the months of spring, it is one of the most spectacular sights in the United States.
Yosemite Falls is a three-stage drop with the total height of 2425 ft (739 m) from the apex of the upper falls to the base of the lower falls. The Yosemite Creek rapids, while winding through the turns of Eagle Creek meadow, hurl themselves down from a height of 1430 ft (425 m) into the Yosemite Valley with a deafening noise and enormous force forming the Upper Yosemite Falls. Following the drop, there are a series of cascades or smaller plunges that together form a second drop with a height equal to 675 ft (205 m). Following the cascade, there is another drop of 320 ft (97 m) called the Lower Yosemite Falls. The Yosemite Creek re-forms at the base of the Lower Yosemite Falls and runs into the Merced River.
There are spectacular vantage points found along the trail of Yosemite Falls. Hikers can climb to the top of the falls following a 3.5-mile strenuous, steep, dangerous and slippery hiking path that starts at a short distance from the west of the Lower Falls. Apart from this, there are various trail routes from the Tioga Road that lead to the apex of the Falls. Lower Yosemite Falls can be reached following a quarter-mile trail that starts from the parking area on the northern side of Yosemite Lodge in the valley.