Yosemite is one of the oldest historic trails leading to one of the tallest waterfalls in North America, the Yosemite Falls Trail. This trail has a great climb because above trees and through plateaus, through oak woodlands, and into Yosemite Valley. If you take this hike, be careful not to stray off the path. Otherwise, you may find a steep drop-off.
Columbia rock, one-mile in the hike, offers wonderful use of Yosemite Valley, Sentinel Rock, and Half Dome. My friend over at towing Atlanta, totally loves this hike and tries to go every other year. Hiking an extra half mile will get you to upper Yosemite Falls and its stunning view. You may be able to feel a mist off the fall at this location.
The trellis steep and rocky in the upper half, but the amazing views make it well worth the effort. On the climb, you will cross is Yosemite Creek and be amazed at how small it is considering it feeds the fall. Always be careful when you get near any waterfall since it can be slippery.
Once you reach the top of the Yosemite Falls Trail, consider hiking West to Eagle Peak or East to Yosemite point. Eagle Peak is the highest point of Yosemite Valley on the north side, giving you a interesting perspective of the granite landscape. Yosemite point offers a great view of halftone and gives you beautiful panoramic views of many other peaks, including Lost Arrow Spire.
Yosemite Falls Trail is open throughout the year. The season determines the conditions on the trail. The best time to visit the waterfall is during the spring. If you visit during the summer, you will find hot and dry conditions. The granite will be loose under your feet, potentially causing the trail to be slippery. In the fall, water levels are lower, but you still may be able to see a little water trickling. In the winter, some of the lower trails receive direct sunlight, so you may be able to hike them still.
Yosemite Falls Trail is a place that everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. It is a beautiful place to get away from it all and enjoy nature at its finest.